Whilst having a meeting at CAFOD’s head office we realised that four of us are due to get married in the coming months. How exciting! With all this wonderful talk of weddings, Therese in our fundraising team put together five ideas for how you can plan a slightly waste-free wedding with the additional benefit of them being cost saving ideas too!
I’m super excited about getting married. The idea of getting all our friends and family together for one big party is certainly my idea of fun. At the same time I want it to be cost effective and also considerate of not being too wasteful, so here are some tips that I have picked up along the way during my own planning.
One thing that costs everyone come wedding season is getting a new or fresh outfit to wear for the occasion. How about mixing it up a bit and organising a clothes swap? You could get your family and friends together, bring along some outfits that you’re ready to say goodbye to, think, dresses, shoes, ties, shirts. Charge each attendee £2 to come along and donate what you have raised.
As we look forward to Mother’s Day, Ciaran from the Digital team reflects on his inspiration and the lives of Mother’s in the countries that CAFOD support.
On Mother’s Day in the UK, and many other countries
we give presents, flowers and maybe
make a special lunch. We do this to give thanks, gratitude to our mother for
the love and care they have given us since we were born.
CAFOD’s Film & Photography Officer, Thom Flint reflects on the trip to Marsabit County in Kenya. He met some of the most hard-to-reach communities, but saw the potential that our global Church network has to reach out.
We jump into the back of the Caritas Marsabit 4×4 and hit
the road, film equipment safely stored behind us. And under us. And on top of
us. We’re in north-east Kenya, and we’re on our way to meet the communities
that we’ve been giving food aid to since the drought hit in 2016.
The going is initially easy. A little too easy. We zoom up a
very smooth, newly-tarmacked main road with only the occasional camel for
But the communities we’re visiting don’t happen to live on a main road.
In the wake of Black Friday madness gripping the UK for the last week, I reflect back to years gone by, with footage of people queuing for hours, or fighting to get the last bargain. How those people feeling now? I wonder if they are planning to replace last year’s new purchase with this year’s newer model, or whether they feel genuinely fulfilled by their choices.
With just over a month until Christmas, Sally Kitchener in our communications team answers some of your questions about World Gifts – CAFOD’s virtual charity gifts.
With many of my friends and family searching for practical, ethical and meaningful presents this Christmas, I’ve found myself talking a lot about CAFOD’s World Gifts. And it turns out that Christmas charity gifts, especially virtual goat gifts, bring up some rather tricky questions.
Presenter and reporter Julie Etchingham travelled to Lebanon to see the work of CAFOD partner Caritas Lebanon.
In a side road in a small town in the Bekaa Valley Yazan and Majed are hard at work. They are brothers aged 10 and 11. Their day started in darkness, getting up at 4am they were a bit scared to be going out before dawn, to get to their jobs in a local bakery.
The tiny bakery turns out flatbreads for local restaurants. The boys work alongside two grown men. The adults receive $40 (£30) a day. The boys get $3 (£2.30) a day between them. But these meagre earnings are vital for their family to survive after fleeing the war in Syria.
On International Day of the Disappeared, CAFOD’s Clare Dixon shares the story of people who worked at the height of the conflict in El Salvador to make sure people killed by death squads did not just disappear without a trace. Sadly, some of the details of this story are distressing.
The first time I visited El Salvador in 1981 the country was plunged in a brutal civil war. Thousands of ordinary men and women were being targeted by the army and death squads, just for demanding their basic human rights, a decent wage, and freedom of speech. Nobody ventured out after dark for fear of being arrested or just snatched off the streets and I felt an overwhelming sense of fear and dread.
Archbishop Romero, the “voice of the voiceless” who had espoused and defended the cause of the poor and oppressed, had been shot dead as he said Mass in 1980. A year later I was visiting El Salvador to meet with members of his Archdiocese who, with the support of CAFOD, had set up a human rights office. Its task was to provide legal aid to help and comfort the countless victims of violence who had nowhere else to turn when their loved ones had “disappeared” after being captured by the death squads.
Anne works in our fundraising team. Every year she looks forward to combining her two passions of fundraising and baking at the Great CAFOD Bake Off.
When I was growing up I knew that my parish’s annual pilgrimage to Lourdes was soon approaching. Not because of any announcements at my church, but due to the activity in my family kitchen.
My busy mum did not have the time to volunteer on these pilgrimages, which travelled overland from Edinburgh to Lourdes. She did, however, offer her wonderful talent to it, through baking. In the days leading up to the pilgrimage I would come home from school, or wake up to the smell of baking, which filled our house. The kitchen surfaces were covered in baked treats, including family favourites of tea loafs, empire biscuits and fairy cakes.
Rod travelled to Cambodia with the Step into the Gap programme to meet CAFOD partners and the communities they work with. One year on from his trip, Rod reflects on what it all meant to him.
The way in which Cambodia changed me seems to come into view and then fall out again, oscillating in the busyness of life. When I was speaking to people about my trip to Cambodia almost every day, when it was my life, the changes it had made to me were more obvious. Now, to a certain extent they have become more blurred, because I am not thinking about the trip so much. But they are also clearer because I am able to look back at how it changed me from a distance.