Part of the Hunger Cloth in Leeds Cathedral (Credit: Victoria Ahmed)
CAFOD’s Vicky Ahmed takes a trip to Leeds on World Food Day to find out about a Hunger Cloth and what it means to the children across the diocese.
Before World Food Day on 16 October I had little idea of what a hunger cloth was, and what it was used for in modern times. I knew they had traditionally been used to communicate stories of the Gospel, but it wasn’t until last Tuesday, on a wet afternoon at St Anne’s Cathedral in Leeds that I looked at one and understood the symbolism and recognised the message of hope.
I joined about 220 children who had come together from different schools across the diocese to join in with a special service. Our CAFOD Leeds office had invited schools in the diocese to help mark CAFOD’s commitment to end poverty and make sure every child has enough to eat, by helping create a ‘Diocese of Leeds Hunger cloth.’
Just £1/week could help feed a family and train them to grow their own food>> Continue reading
This Harvest Fast Day, throughout England and Wales parishioners will be listening to nine-year-old Gift’s story and about the challenges his family had to face.
Youth leaders from St Vincent’s catholic youth residential centre in Whitstable with Tanya Jenkins (second from right)
CAFOD’s Vicky Ahmed takes a trip to the ‘oyster capital of Kent’, Whitstable, to talk about the realities of the global food system with some inspirational youth leaders.
“Dear Lord. We thank you for the food we are about to eat, and we are happy to share our food today with our visitors from CAFOD.” So began my afternoon working with the amazing new team of youth leaders at St Vincent’s catholic youth residential centre in Whitstable.
Tanya Jenkins (CAFOD’s Youth Outreach Coordinator) was leading a day around CAFOD’s work and values with the team, and had invited me to run a session on our new food campaign, Hungry for change, to help the team explore the resources we have to help the young people they will be working with to get involved and explore the issues around food poverty.
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Clodagh Byrne, from our Cambodia office writes
Some very sad news to share from CAFOD’s programme in the Philippines. On the morning of Tuesday, 4th September, 11-year-old Jordan Manda, the son of an Indigenous tribal leader, Timuay Locencio Manda, was shot by unidentified assailants on his way to school with his father. Jordan suffered a fatal wound on the back instantly killing him. Timuay Manda suffered minor wounds and is now safe.
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BOCAP worker in Liberia
On the final day of AIDS2012, the HIV and AIDS conference in Washington DC, CAFOD’s Vicky Ahmed discusses discrimination and stigma work being done by a CAFOD partner in Liberia.
This week, as CAFOD prepares to join thousands of activists, policy makers and academics at the International HIV and AIDS conference in Washington DC, the Bong County Awareness Programme (BOCAP) a voluntary collective of young people based in Gbarnga, Liberia, are similarly taking to the streets to talk about some of the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS. Continue reading