Working in the parishes and schools of the Diocese and with all those who support CAFOD’s work we aim to:
- raise awareness of the structures which cause poverty and injustice in developing countries
- challenge those with power to adopt policies that promote justice and end poverty
- help those in the poorest communities lead a full and fruitful life
- and respond to disasters and emergencies
We do this through a focused education programme, providing trained speakers for parishes, schools and other community groups. Our team of volunteer and paid staff will come and work with any community wishing to get more closely involved with our work. We aim to help those we speak with to understand why so many people are still poor, why there is hunger in a world with plenty of food for all, why there are children without a school to go to, why there are too few doctors to serve those in need around the world, and what we can do in response to these and many other questions.
We invite those we speak with to respond, through prayer, giving and taking action.
We recognise the power of prayer to change lives both materially and spiritually. We encourage prayer which helps us enter into a relationship with God and with our sisters and brothers around the world.
We recognise the change that many small gifts can bring. CAFOD started when a group of women asked the Catholic Community in England and Wales to give up something for one day in Lent 1962. We now support the work of 500 partners in 40 different countries working with some of the poorest and most marginalised communities.
We also know that fundraising is only a step along the road towards a world of justice and peace. So we challenge those with power– politicians, corporations, institutions and governments – to change the structures that keep people poor. We recruit members of our parish, school and other communities to join our campaigns and engage in actions for change that will help us transform our world to reflect the Kingdom of God.