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's response to coronavirus in Africa, Asia and the Middle East

CAFOD send their thanks for supporting the Coronavirus Appeal and also the Unite against coronavirus petition. Here are some examples of the work they are doing on our behalf.

Lessons learned from the Ebola outbreaks in places like Sierra Leone means that CAFOD’s local teams are able to rapidly reach out to faith leaders with accurate information and safely-organised training sessions. These faith leaders are trusted voices in their communities, so working alongside them to get the right messages out really can save lives.

Health and prevention advice are also being shared when CAFOD staff and volunteers are giving out soap and emergency food packages to vulnerable families in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya, to ensure that those at particular risk of the virus can survive this crisis.

Our donations have also funded PPE for medical staff at clinics in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.

In the Middle East, CAFOD’s local experts are using our donations to continue their vital peacebuilding work and ensuring that legal advice can be given online.

Volunteers and priests are delivering emergency food parcels to vulnerable families in the West Bank and they are also reaching out to Bedouin communities with health equipment and information.

Staff and volunteers are also already in vulnerable communities:

  • They are spreading essential health messages through village posters, socially-distanced visits to families and giving out PPE.
  • In Myanmar, local experts are working alongside health departments and the Church to provide safe places for people to quarantine themselves and to help set up track and trace systems.
  • In Bangladesh they’ve moved quickly to give cash to the poorest families – led by widows, or those living with disabilities - to buy life-saving food and PPE during the crisis

If you’d like to support CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal, see the following page on the website:

https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Coronavirus-appeal

If you’d like to call on the Prime Minister to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable are at the forefront of the UK’s international efforts to combat the virus, see CAFOD’s petition:

https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1