CAFOD Northampton launches appeal to help those impacted by droughts in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal 01 ADCS Mekele Herit-18 (2)CAFOD is appealing to its supporters across Northampton for urgent funds to help over 10 million people across Ethiopia are in dire need of food, clean water and basic sanitation. 

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The two failed rainy seasons, supply over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural crops. The lack of a harvest this year has exhausted people’s ability to cope and they have simply run out of options for feeding their families and animals. So, CAFOD is appealing for £3 million to help those who are most in need.

Amazing Support

Over the past five years, seven parishes have been twinned with Sebeya in Ethiopia and they have made a massive difference. In 2012, Lemlem  Berhe, a 26 years old water engineer from Adigrat in Ethiopia visited the Diocese to thank the community for all its support and show them the work that was being done in her village.

Deborah Purfield, who works in the Northampton office, said:

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One Year on from Nepal Earthquake, Northampton donations help support rebuilding of homes

Kamal Thalea Credit CAFOD (002)

Farming in Nepal

A year ago today, more that 5 million people were affected by devastating earthquakes in Nepal. One year on, we look at how the donations from across England and Wales have transformed lives across Nepal.

Nepal regularly experiences small earthquakes and tremors but last year, on 25 April, the earthquake that hit was the worse in 80 years.

CAFOD’s partners, who are based in Nepal, were able to reach hundreds of thousands of people with immediate vital aid. CAFOD supporters in England and Wales responded to the disaster by raising over £3.8 million which enabled CAFOD to work in 15 of the worst-hit areas to provide emergency aid and now, start to rebuild family homes.

Sixth form students at St Thomas More School in held a Community Coffee Morning in their school to raise money for those impacted by the Nepalese Earthquake and raised nearly £300.

The generous fundraising meant that thousands of people have received support. Kamal Thalea, 33, lost her son, two daughters and her mother when their house collapsed on top of them. They were among at least 8,700 people who died when the first of two earthquakes.

Sixth Form Students at St Thomas More

Sixth Form Students at St Thomas More

Kemal and her one surviving daughter, who was playing outdoors when the earth shook, were forced to sleep under nothing but a tarpaulin in the wake of the disaster, which destroyed half a million homes.

One year on, they now have a sturdy shelter and a means of earning a living. Kamal has received training to grow vegetables, and now has her own tomato garden. Kemal said:

“I am earning an income and my daughter can continue going to school”

In the Gorkha District, CAFOD’s partners have trained more than 250 construction workers in earthquake-proof techniques. Training has also been given to families who plan to rebuild their homes more safely as soon as they receive the government shelter grant. Some have already started using the new techniques.

CAFOD representative Deborah Purfield in Northampton said:

 “The response last year was incredible and to now see people able to earn a living and sleep more safely because of their support is humbling.

“We must also remember however, that hundreds of thousands of families are still living in temporary shelters. With the rainy season approaching there is an urgent need for the government of Nepal to speed up the pace of reconstruction, so that families do not spend another monsoon under iron sheets and tarpaulins.”

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Leighton Buzzard continues to support Philippines one year on from typhoon


CAFOD supporters from across Buckinghamshire joined together to continue to demonstrate support and solidarity for the families affected by the Philippines’ typhoon.

Parishioners held a Philippines night at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Leighton Buzzard and raised over £800.

The event was organised by the J&P group of the parish and attracted 45 people, including Filipinas from as far as Bletchley Parish, who travelled by bus to be there.

Vilma, a Filipina from Leighton Buzzard, and her husband Anthony, cooked some Filipino dishes with the help of their fellow parishioners.

Deborah Purfield, CAFOD’s Northampton Diocese Manager, spoke to the group about the work undertaken by the charity since the disaster in November 2013. She praised everyone for a marvellous event and effort.