Father Pius thanks One Climate, One World campaigners at Romero House!

Thank you to all who came to Romero House on Tuesday evening to welcome Father Pius Win Than and hear about his work with communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change in Myanmar!

Fr. Pius, centre in a black jacket, with CAFOD supporters in Romero House

Fr. Pius, centre in a black jacket, with CAFOD supporters in Romero House

On Tuesday, CAFOD supporters from across the South East came to greet CAFOD Partner Father Pius Win Than from Myanmar. Father Pius has been visiting supporters and volunteers all over the country to thank them for their generosity in this year’s Lent Fast Day appeal, and their fantastic work campaigning as part of CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign.

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Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in 2008, killing 150,000 people, destroying homes and putting communities at risk. Fr Pius’ first thought was for the people of his diocese. Taking a boat out, he searched for hours in strong winds among the wreckage of his village for any sign of survivors. Now, as Associate Director of CAFOD Partner, Caritas Pathein, he works with poor and vulnerable communities in the Diocese of Pathein, in Myanmar. His work include helping communities to mitigate the damage caused by disasters through supporting the development of emergency preparedness plans and increasing their understanding of their basic human rights.

“Father Pius struck me as a very humble, but inspiring man,” said volunteer Maureen Mogg, who met Father Pius when he visited supporters in Cockfosters. “It was incredible to hear about how he went in and helped when the storm came, and the way the people came together to help. It was also lovely to hear how much he appreciated CAFOD’s support in helping people rebuild their lives. I found it especially touching to hear that, because not all children in families can afford to go to school, the ones that do go, after a couple of years, will help to teach the little ones.”

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Father Pius said: “It is a privilege to be here and meet so many inspiring CAFOD supporters, some from Myanmar themselves, who are doing all they can to raise awareness of the effects of climate change in my country and supporting us all. I have many heartfelt messages to take back to communities at home.”

Thanks to all that have helped to make Father Pius welcome while he’s been here, and to everyone who has taken action in CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign. So far an incredible 10,000 actions have been taken! If you have not done so already, please do add your voice to the campaign, and help us urge politicians to commit to lasting action to prevent climate change hitting people in the poorest and most vulnerable communities the hardest. On Wednesday, 17 June CAFOD, as part of the Climate Coalition, will take part in a mass lobby of parliament to ask MPs to do their part to tackle climate change before it’s too late. To find out more about the campaign, and take action online, visit cafod.org.uk/campaign!

Thanks also to all that have so far supported CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day appeal, which this year focused on Father Pius’ home country, Myanmar. This year, CAFOD has been awarded Match Funding by the UK government. All donations to our Lent appeal will be matched pound for pound, meaning we have the opportunity to make twice the difference. If you have not done so already, please make sure all donations to CAFOD for Lent Fast Day are sent in by Sunday, 17 May, to make sure that they can qualify for Match Funding. If you have any questions about Lent Fast Day or Match Funding, please contact CAFOD Westminster on 0208 449 6970 ort westminster@cafod.org.uk

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