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 Family Fast Day is this Friday, 6th March. This year is actually the 60th anniversary of the first Lent Family Fast Day appeal.
This Lent, we hear about CAFOD’s work with local partners in Zimbabwe. We heard earlier this year about the drought affecting Zambia and that country: thank you for your support to that emergency appeal. CAFOD is highlighting for this Lenten appeal their work there to provide longer-term support, which is still desperately needed. Food prices are rising and over half the population faces hunger. One in four children are malnourished. And the maternal mortality rate has risen sharply over the last 25 years. Two in five people must travel more than 5km to their nearest medical centre. It is from one of these centres that we hear the story of Sister Consilia, whose picture you’ll see on the Fast Day poster and envelopes. She is a pharmacist at a clinic.
Sister Consilia is just one of the local experts we help through our donations to CAFOD. She studied hard to become a pharmacist after herself being treated for malaria when she was sixteen. She understands the needs of the communities she works with.
All over the world, even in the most remote and challenging environments, our support means that CAFOD is able to achieve life-changing results, through the knowledge and commitment of the highly-skilled local experts they work with.
There are many more health workers needed in remote communities throughout the world. But CAFOD need our help to support the training of these workers, so that more people can be reached.
Our contributions this Lent could start to help to train more lifesavers like Sister Consilia in other hard-to-reach places around the world. As the new strap line beneath CAFOD’s logo reminds us, no one should be beyond reach.
If we dig a little deeper … it costs £194 to train two health workers and a team of mothers to keep babies healthy, or just £6 to train a health worker to check babies for malnutrition. Our small sacrifices during Lent could begin to offer practical help in this way. Sister Consilia has dedicated her life to serving God and God’s people. May her generosity inspire us as we continue our Lenten journey.