CAFOD partner Father John Webootsa inspires students at St Thomas More Language College

A big thank you goes out to the students and teachers at St Thomas More Language College, Chelsea, who, on Wednesday 12 September, welcomed CAFOD partner Father John Webootsa, who visited their school from Kenya to talk about CAFOD’s work fighting for a better life in the slums.

Father John Webootsa (centre) with students and teachers at St Thomas More Language College.

 Father John talked to students about his work with CAFOD’s partner organisation, St John’s Sports Society. The society works to bring sporting opportunities to young people living in Korogocho, a low-income, informal settlement of around 150,000 people located in East Nairobi, Kenya. Father John, who has himself lived and worked in the slum for the past seven years in order to better help its residents, said:

“So many young people in Korogocho feel the need to turn to crime to make a living. We are trying to use sport and other means to lead them away from this and give them the opportunity for a better quality of life.”

Speaking of the support the sports centre receives from CAFOD, Father John said:

“Our big motivation is that we are not alone. It is good to come [to the UK] and feel the solidarity we share with our brothers and sisters here. Even though we are far apart, we share the same aims for Korogocho and that thought helps us to continue our work.”

Father John with CAFOD schools volunteer Hilda McCafferty and Father Anthony Homer.

The school has been a strong supporter of CAFOD and its partners for some time, raising a total of £3300 for the charity in their Lenten appeal earlier this year. It is efforts like this that allowCAFOD to continue to support the work of people like Father John.

Thank you once again to all those who attended or helped to organise the event, to Father John for delivering a fascinating an inspiring talk and to St Thomas More Language College for their continued support of CAFOD and its partners.

Without your support, the work of organisations such as CAFOD and St John’s Sports Society would not be able to continue. With Harvest Fast Day coming up, now is the perfect time to donate or organise a fundraising event to help support the work of people like Father John. To find out more about Harvest Fast Day and how you can help, visit the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day webpage by clicking here.

You can help fight injustice through an action as simple as signing your name. As part of the Hungry for Change Campaign, CAFOD is currently petitioning Prime Minister David Cameron to help make fair distribution of food a priority. Please sign the online petition, which can be found at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Take-action-today/Hungry-for-change, and tell your friends to do the same.

Here is a slideshow of all the photos taken at the event:

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