EVENT: CAFOD: Fighting Poverty and Injustice in Zambia – Saturday, 24 November

Next month, CAFOD’s Tony Gilbert will speak about how your support is helping CAFOD to change the lives of those living with sickness, poverty and injustice in Zambia.

The CAFOD group with Violet Shitima, one of the first recipients of St Teresa’s Mission Hospital’s prevention of mother to child infection treatment, and her family.

On Saturday, 24 November, Tony will give an account of his visit to some of the poorest parts of the country, where he saw first-hand the work that CAFOD and its partners are doing to secure a better future for the people of Zambia.

“Some of the communities we visited were so remote, it really did feel like being in the middle of nowhere” said Tony. “It was great to see CAFOD reaching out to people who aren’t receiving help from anyone else. I think it is our link with the Catholic Church that puts CAFOD in such a perfect position to help those who may be unwilling to approach other organisations for aid.”

Some of the projects Tony witnessed on his five day visit included efforts to support people living with HIV and AIDS. He said:

“Thanks to new treatments, AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was. Now, as well as helping people to afford those treatments, CAFOD is helping people infected with the virus to get back on their feet and become self-sufficient again. Instead of being stuck in hospital beds, CAFOD is helping people to return to normal life.”

Evaristo Mathotho and William Phiri, Paralegal Advisors and members of CAFOD partner Caritas Chipata Justice and Peace (CCJP)

Tony also saw examples of CAFOD’s work to improve the justice system of the country. This includes the efforts of volunteer paralegals who are given basic legal training to enable them to provide legal advice to their communities. He says:

“Again, because of the respect CAFOD receives, these volunteers are given a considerable deal of authority by the local people and are frequently approached to help resolve land and property disputes. There is also a great focus on making sure women are treated equally and on electoral reform. Really, it is all part of CAFOD’s efforts to help the people of Zambia make their voices heard.”

The talk will take place at the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, located beside Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 24 November between from 3pm to 4.30pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear how your support and donations are helping CAFOD to give people a better quality of life. To book a place, contact the CAFOD Westminster Office by phone on 0208 449 6970 or by email at westminster@cafod.org.uk.

With Christmas quickly approaching, now is a great time to support CAFOD and make your presents more meaningful by choosing from CAFOD’s World Gifts catalogue. With gifts ranging from life-saving medical treatment for a mother and baby, to funding an entire health clinic in a vulnerable community, your generosity could really change lives this festive season. To view the full range of gifts and to place an order online, visit the World Gifts website by clicking here.

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