Hungry for Change campaign day

Thank you to everyone who came to the Hungry for Change campaign day on Saturday 2 November!

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It was a great day, and it was wonderful to see so many people there. More than 70 CAFOD supporters from across the South East came together to share stories of their efforts and successes in supporting Hungry for Change over the past year and to find out more about the next steps in the ongoing campaign.

We stared off the day by joining together in an Emmaus Meal in which we listened to stories of CAFOD’s partners in Bangladesh and El Salvador, reflected on scripture and shared some tasty food.

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After lunch we were joined by Father Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Blasco SJ, who described his work as parish priest in Santa Maria Chiquimula, Guatemala. The parish is part of western Guatemala’s ‘dry corridor’ – an area that experiences annual drought and food shortages. Year on year, the people living there struggle to ensure they have enough healthy food to eat.

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Father Nacho told us how the parish and the small community of jesuit priests that run it work to help the people of the region, with CAFOD’s support. Projects they are involved with include working to improve educational facilities, providing training in more sustainable organic farming techniques, and providing young mothers with seeds to help improve their families’ food security by cultivating vegetable gardens.

Thanks again to Father Nacho, to everyone who came along to the campaign day and to all of you who have supported Hungry for Change over the past year. As the campaign continues to tackle world hunger, it will focus on the enormous effect climate change is having on the ability of poor agricultural communities to produce enough food to live healthily.

There are many ways to tackle climate change in our daily lives, such as switching to a sustainable energy provider or investing in ethical banking. You can find out more about the problems of climate change and what we as CAFOD supporters can do to make a difference by downloading CAFOD’s new report on climate change or by visiting the climate section of the CAFOD website.

Spreading the Hunger for Change!

Our neighbours at CAFOD Brentwood spent the weekend before last promoting the Hungry for Change campaign, at the V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford.

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Denise and nine CAFOD volunteers – including Matthew from the Southwark Diocese – collected a fantastic 1149 signatures for the petition to David Cameron; a petition which highlights the fact that whilst the world produces enough food to feed everyone, 870 million people don’t have enough to eat.

The team did a brilliant job and you can read more about what they got up to, and how they spread the word, here!

And if you haven’t already, you too can contact David Cameron via the CAFOD website. The food system is failing the poorest people because the balance of power is tipped towards global companies, rather than families trying to put food on the table. We are asking the Prime Minister that aid is directed to small-scale farmers, especially women, to help them access markets and increase their income, bargaining power and voice on decisions, and for checks on the power of global food companies, requiring them to report on the lobbying they do and their impact on human rights – to ensure that works in global supply chains get a fair deal. Please add your voice and tell Mr Cameron that you too are hungry for change.

IF you need help finding your way…

Big IF Rally

Thousands of enthusiastic campaigners at the Big IF:G8 Rally in Hyde Park could make it confusing for finding your way to the CAFOD area and other key places at the event, so make sure you download and print these useful maps to bring with youon the day:

Map of Hyde Park showing where the location of the Big IF main stage and also the Campaign Zone where lots of exciting activities will be taking place

Map showing the location of the CAFOD area within the Campaign Zone