Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis
CAFOD has launched an appeal to urge the Catholic community to give urgently to provide millions of families facing a growing food crisis in Zambia and Zimbabwe with much needed relief.
Crippling drought and spiralling food prices continue to worsen the food shortages in both countries. Local Church aid workers have been working around the clock to get food and safe, clean water to communities in need.
CAFOD initially set up the appeal on their web-site only, to enable supporters to donate but, faced with a worsening crisis, have now written to parishes to ask for their support by holding a special collection if they feel able to do so.
CAFOD has already given £50,000 to the emergency response. Their local aid experts are carrying out rapid assessments in the worst-affected communities. Through the Church network, they have intensified efforts over the last few weeks to provide families in need with emergency food and safe, clean water.
Every day we witness the effects of the changing climate on poor and vulnerable people around the world. Communities we work with are losing their crops, due to heat, erratic rainfall, or both, and families are struggling as water sources disappear. This has contributed to the food crisis.
Many factors have contributed to the crisis, though, and if you wish to read a little more about this, please check the pages of the CAFOD web-site, where some further explanation is given.
Let us keep the people of Zambia and Zimbabwe in our prayers.