Sacred Heart (Leighton Buzzard) Connects2 Ethiopia

Connect 2 Ethiopian evening

Connect 2 Ethiopian evening

On 23rd September we were delighted to hold an evening event in our lovely church hall to commence our parish connection with our partner parish in Ethiopia via the Connect 2 scheme for parishes.  We had researched recipes for the meal and put up decorations to give the Ethiopian feel which together with Ethiopian music really created a wonderful atmosphere.  We were happy to welcome our speaker, Nana Anto-Awuakye (CAFOD’s World news manager).

Ethiopian greeting

Ethiopian greeting

Nana who had recently returned from her visit to Ethiopia started off the evening by getting us all to greet each other in the Ethiopian way.

She then reported on the effects of the current drought, showed us some photos of the people and spoke of the importance of maintaining the dignity of those most affected.  She said that that most important requirement of respect was listening to their needs and what they said was helpful to them was the issuing of cash to those in need.  This has the effect of allowing the local economy to continue rather than be unable to function due to aid supplies supplanting it.  Interestingly, and realistically, the cash is given to the women. Their reliability in ensuring the money is used to relieve suffering is recognised in a similar way to the first micro-banks such as Grameen.

Ethiopian food

Ethiopian food

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The food was then served and the research paid dividends as the dishes were much-appreciated, so much so that we will collect them to publish in our parish magazine. The Defo Dabo bread was especially appreciated and the Honey Yeast Bread (more like pancakes) were excellent.  Several of them will become staples for me!  The drinks included red wine which is a favourite in Ethiopia, I suspect due to their period of Italian colonisation. Of course there was Ethiopian coffee to end the evening, but served in somewhat larger cups than those shown to us by Nana.

dscn3279We not only raised an amazing £300 for C2 Ethiopia (with over £242 being gift-aided and thus increasing the total amount to over £360!). but informed parishioners how important carefully-targeted help is in enabling the retention of the local economy in times of severe duress.

 

Written by Yvonne Edwards

 

Sacred Heart Leighton Buzzard holds Ethiopian Evening

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The J&P group at Sacred Heart Leighton Buzzard are planning to hold another themed event after their very successful Philippines evening. This time it is an Ethiopian Evening focusing on Connect2  Ethiopia  and the food crisis.  Nana Anto-Awuakye  (CAFOD’s world news manager) will be giving a talk about her experiences in Ethiopia before the meal.

Ethiopian spices

Date : 23  September

Time : 7 – 9 pm

Venue : Sacred Heart Hall , 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1HZ

Tickets required.  Suggested donation £7.50. Please email dpurfield@cafod.org.uk for details.

 

A new taste of Connect 2- El Salvador

Parishioners from St Dunstan’s (Bourne End) and St Teresa’s (Beaconsfield) were given an update on their Connect 2 project in El Salvador  from members of the CAFOD group over the weekend of 12 and 13 December.

CAFOD group member Margaret giving the C2 update

CAFOD group member Margaret giving the C2 update

“Father Henry gave a powerful introduction to each talk by telling us about his direct experience of CAFOD’s work in his home country, Nigeria, particularly in reducing water borne diseases” said Margaret Wellington, one of the CAFOD group members.  “We then heard about what is happening in Puentecitos and the involvement of the Jesuit organisation Solidaridad CVX to support 300 families across 18 communities. The message was very powerful!”  

 

Jane and Sister Winifred, about to cut up the semita

Jane and Sister Winifred, about to cut up the semita

Tea and coffee after Masses were spiced up with semita pastries made by following an El Salvadorian recipe downloaded from the internet.

One parishioner commented that this experience made CAFOD’s Connect 2 El Salvador programme more meaningful… and tasty!

Parishioners enjoying the semitas.

Parishioners enjoying the semitas.

Find out more about Connect 2 projects which your parish can get involved in to take a journey with ordinary people leading extraordinary lives.