With Lent Fast Day just over a week away, now is a good time to give some thought to CAFOD’s work tackling poverty, hunger and injustice in the world’s poorest communities. On Wednesday, 26 February, volunteers from accross the diocese gathered to hear CAFOD partner Patrick Jamiru talk about his work in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a six month long ‘hungry season’ each year when it is very difficult to grow crops. The region also suffered a decade long civil war, the effects of which are still sorely felt to this day.
14-year-old Mohammed was born in the middle of this conflict, his mother often fearing for their lives as she struggled to avoid the fighting and get enough food to keep herself and her baby alive. Even in the years following the war, life was often hard for the family.
With help from CAFOD’s partner, Caritas Kenema, Mohammed’s family have worked to turn former diamond mines into fertile farmland. The family is now able to produce enough food to keep going through the hungry season, and anything extra can be sold. Mohammed’s mother hopes to be able to use the money they have earned to send him to school next year.
Watch this short video to hear more of Mohammed’s story:
This year’s Lent Fast Day will fall on Friday, 14 March, with talks and collections happening in parishes throughout the diocese at Mass the weekend before. Mohammed and his family are just some of thousands in Sierra Leone that CAFOD is working with to ensure they have enough food to live healthily, something we can only do thanks to your generous support.
Of course there are many other fantastic ways that you can support CAFOD’s work. You could help represent CAFOD in your parish by volunteering to give talks on Fast Days and other important times of the year. If you have time to offer, why not inspire a new generation of CAFOD supporters by becoming a CAFOD schools volunteer speaking to young people at schools and youth groups? If you would like more information about any aspect of volunteering for CAFOD, or to request an application pack, contact CAFOD Westminster on 0208 449 6970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
However you choose to take action this Fast Day, thank you very much for your generous support.