CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
We stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local church partners, we help people directly in their own communities, and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential.
How to get involved with CAFOD
None of our work is possible without you. Whether you donate, campaign, download prayers or volunteer we are grateful for your support.
CAFOD’s fantastic volunteers achieve so much in parishes and the wider community. We are very grateful for the work they do inspiring people to pray, give and act in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
Many of our volunteers across England and Wales were inspired by their families’ examples of giving their time and gifts to make a better world. It’s wonderful to hear about their experiences from across the different dioceses, such as these inspiring stories from three of our volunteers about how they are enriching their parish communities.
Transforming our food system so that it benefits all of us might sound like a colossal challenge. You may well ask whether it is even achievable! But through digging in to Mother Teresa’s wisdom, we can help find the answers.
CAFOD’s campaign to fix our broken food system is deeply rooted in our Catholic faith and its teachings. Find out how we drew upon scripture to focus on seeds and the plight of farmers around the world.
CAFOD has launched a campaign to fix the global food system. CAFOD’s campaign manager Andrea Speranza, who grew up during Argentina’s soya boom, explains how her experiences have motivated her to take part.
On Mother Language Day
we celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity around the world. Lucy Jardine,
Communications Officer, talked to our partner CENDA in Bolivia on the
importance of preserving mother languages, and shares her thoughts on how
learning languages enables deep encounters.
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.