Sharing Lives Across the World

Some of the St Margarets team in their community garden

The parish community of St Margaret of Scotland, Twickenham have become one of the first groups to begin building a relationship with CAFOD’s overseas partners through the Connect2 initiative.

The parish has been a long supporter of CAFOD and recently set up a garden where they grow vegetables to sell. Some of the proceeds are donated to CAFOD and directed to projects in Puentecitos, El Salvador and other similar Central American farming communities.

Getting to know you

To introduce themselves to the people of Puentecitos, St Margaret’s parishioners gathered together photos of parish life which were shared with our partners in El Salvador by CAFOD Communication Officer Sarah Smith-Pearse. Sarah said, “Everyone just loved hearing about the vegetable garden. It had a profound impact,…there was an ‘aahhh’ sound that seemed to express appreciation, surprise, delight and a deep sense of neighbourliness.”

The community in El Salvador sent messages back to Twickenham, including photographs of a seed fair that was organised by CAFOD partner Jesuit Development Service. The seed fair brought together eight communities to share local varieties of seeds to help promote local biodiversity and self-sufficiency.

Would You Like to Connect Too?

CAFOD partners in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Rwanda are keen to build relationships with parish communities in England and Wales.

If your parish would like further information or a talk about one of the focus countries, contact CAFOD Westminster 

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