Step into the Gap 2020: Work hard, farm harder

Orla Tanner, a CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer, writes about how CAFOD’s partners in Cambodia, COCD, are helping to educate families to help improve the whole community.

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Step into the Gap 2020: Postcard from the Countryside – Part II

In part two of Francis Romano’s report from Cambodia, the Step into the Gap volunteer explains how CAFOD’s partner CODC is working with farmers to update traditional farming techniques to improve lives and communities.

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Step into the Gap 2020: Postcard from the countryside – Part I

Francis Romano is a Step into the Gap volunteer, currently in Cambodia meeting some of the communities that CAFOD works alongside. Here, in part one of two, he explains the realities of rural farming and how CAFOD’s partner COCD is investing in training for a better future.

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Step into the Gap 2020: What have we been up to so far?

Rebecca Maxwell, a Step into the Gap volunteer based at Castlerigg in the Lake District, has recently travelled to Cambodia to meet some of the communities that CAFOD works alongside. Here she explains what has happened so far on her trip.

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Waking up to climate-related disasters

Ahead of World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 29 September, CAFOD volunteer Sarah George writes about communities who have been forced to leave their homes due to climate-related disasters – and how Pope Francis calls us to act.

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How one school’s LiveSimply pledge has transformed their community

When the pupils at Saint Joseph’s Primary School in Todmorden decided to take the pledge to LiveSimply, little did they know that one year later Bishop John Arnold would be visiting to commend their achievements.

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Step into the Gap: Inspired by education

Isabel Marsh, who is currently on placement at St Cassian’s Centre, reflects on her time in El Salvador before she embarks on her fundraising journey 0 the Colchester half marathon.

Less than 12 hours after arriving in El Salvador, our group set off for the University of Central America (UCA) to meet with one of CAFOD’s partners. The UCA is a private university, meaning they are able to charge fees for students (but there are several scholarships and bursaries available) and are not reliant on government funding. This has meant the University has more autonomy and does not need to follow the views of the government, providing it with an independent and non-biased voice.

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We were led to the Social Outreach Vice-Rectorate, for our meeting with Omar Serrano, the Vice-Rector. We spent the morning with Omar and his colleague Eduardo. Omar shared with us about El Salvador – its history; politics; society and social norms and economy.

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Step into the Gap: Reflecting on my time in Freetown

CAFOD volunteer, Chris Burkette, who is currently taking part in CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme and is on placement at Walsingham House, reflects on his time meeting communities in Sierra Leone.

I know for so many people it can be rare to explore outside of Europe, but for many people here in Sierra Leone, it is even rarer that they journey beyond their communities.

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This week has been awe-inspiring, faith-driven and hope-filled. Each day I walked with and alongside members of the towns that made each community so unique.

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