Hungry for Change campaign day: Padre Nacho says thank you CAFOD supporters!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Hungry for Change campaign day on Saturday!

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More than 70 CAFOD supporters from across the South East came together on Saturday, 2 November, to share stories of their efforts and successes in supporting Hungry for Change over the past year, and to find out more about the next steps in the ongoing campaign.

The campaigners were joined by Father Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Blasco SJ, who described his work as parish priest in Santa Maria Chiquimula, Guatemala. The parish is part of western Guatemala’s ‘dry corridor’ – an area that experiences annual drought and food shortages. Year on year, the people living there struggle to ensure they have enough healthy food to eat.

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He explained how the parish and the small community of jesuit priests that run it work to help the people of the region, with CAFOD’s support. Projects they are involved with include working to improve educational facilities, providing training in more sustainable organic farming techniques, and providing young mothers with seeds to help improve their families’ food security by cultivating vegetable gardens.

Students from Santa María Chiquimula putting their newly learned farming skills to use.

Students from Santa María Chiquimula putting their newly learned farming skills to use.

Padre Nacho also spoke of the international link between the people of his parish in Guatemala and CAFOD supporters here in the UK. He said:

“We are indeed connected. We cannot see it but we can feel it. We cannot touch it but it is real. This connection, this link in faith, our Christian faith. A faith that empowers all of us. A faith that strengthens us. A faith that does work. A faith that does justice. A faith that make us real brothers and sisters in Christ.”

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Thanks again to Padre Nacho, to everyone who came along to the campaign day and to all of you who have supported Hungry for Change over the past year. As the campaign continues to tackle world hunger, it will focus on the enormous effect climate change is having on the ability of poor agricultural communities to produce enough food to live healthily.

There are many ways to tackle climate change in our daily lives, such as switching to a sustainable energy provider or investing in ethical banking. You can find out more about the problems of climate change and what we as CAFOD supporters can do to make a difference by downloading CAFOD’s new report on climate change or by visiting the climate section of the CAFOD website.

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