In the midst of an economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela that has seen nearly six million people leave the country since 2015, Nirma has found survival tools in nature, prayer, art and music. She has shared 10 songs that give her hope when it feels like her world is falling apart.
We are, as St John Paul II said, suffering a ‘paradox of abundance;’ we need 3.7 billion tonnes a year to feed everyone, and we produce more than 4 billion. Yet every day, one in ten, or 800 million people, go hungry. This summer, CAFOD has been asking Catholics to come together and look at the fundamental issues afflicting our food system.
Francis Stewart from our Theology Programme further explores the lessons the Bible has for us as we try to reimagine the food system.
The first blog in this series explored some harsh realities of farming, which are reflected in the book of Genesis. It shows the growth of vast agricultural empires, comparable in some senses to our modern food system. At the beginning of the book of Exodus, the people who exchanged their nomadic herder livelihood for the grain of Pharaoh’s Egypt have now become slaves.
Yet this is not the end of the story. I invite you to read on as we continue to re-imagine the food system.
Chukwuemeka Nwachukwu, 26, from Bradford, and Dominic Smith, 20, from East Sussex, had the chance to talk to their MPs face-to-face in the seat of UK democracy, the Houses of Parliament, about why they volunteer with CAFOD.
CAFOD says a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated in this year’s Walk Against Hunger challenge! Whether you walked, jogged, skipped, or even swam – we hope you found the experience fun and rewarding. Join us, as we celebrate and highlight the positive difference your actions have made to children like Lombeh.
In National Volunteers’ Week, Communications Volunteer Caitlin Miller tells us about how her childhood determination to collect money for CAFOD turned into a volunteer role that connects her to her faith and community.
With the feast of Pentecost being celebrated earlier this month, Lily Bliss of CAFOD’s Legacy team shares her thoughts on the power of a gift. From that first Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit, which inspired faith through generations, to a gift in a Will – a powerful act of love which can transform lives around the world.
Cecilia Iorio, CAFOD’s Brazil Country Representative, warmly invites you to the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester to hear first-hand from indigenous leader and activist Mauricio Ye’kuana, who together with his people fights to protect the Brazilian Amazon rainforest from illegal invaders for us all. The event is taking place on 11 June from 2pm.
With the approach of warmer weather – take advantage of the sunny days and take on a summer FUNraiser for CAFOD!
This summer you could organise your own strawberry and cream tea party or even host a teddy bear’s picnic for younger children to join in the fun. Roll out the bunting and your ‘best china’ and see how much you could raise.
CAFOD supporters have been busy running all over the country doing marathons, half marathons and 10km races. There are loads of opportunities to run for CAFOD and we have just launched a new set of events to sign up for on our website.