Connecting Welwyn Garden City to Ethiopia!


Holy Family CAFOD Group, Welwyn Garden City with Martina from Ethiopia.


On Tuesday 17th May, Martina O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Programme Manager from Ethiopia and Westminster Diocese representative Tony Sheen visited a group of volunteers at Holy Family Parish, Welwyn Garden City, to thank Parishioners for their support of CAFOD.

The evening was hosted by a parish CAFOD group called the Holy Family Friday Group, who have been meeting regularly and supporting CAFOD, since 1971.

The group and parish are currently connected to CAFOD’s Connect 2 Community in Ethiopia.

The group hold various fundraising initiatives in aid of CAFOD monthly, this includes hosting an annual concert with singers from the Hertfordshire constabulary. The group raises approximately £2000 a year to support the connect2 community in Ethiopia.

Group Member called Sandy Leys spoke of two fundraising events she had hosted in her back garden last summer, including a Strawberry Tea afternoon and a barbeque.

CAFOD’s Ethiopian representative Martina, gave an inspiring talk about our work, which had attendees from the three Welwyn Garden City Parishes and CAFOD volunteers from as far as Stevenage and Hertford!

Martina explained about the progress the community had been making thanks to CAFOD’s support.

In Sebeya, in the north of Ethiopia, drought threatens hundreds of families who rely on farming for survival. The community is fighting back. Local people are building reservoirs and water pipes to keep the fields green and improve their harvests.

Would your Parish like to join Connect2 Ethiopia and stand with farming families in Sebeya as they struggle to overcome drought and hunger?

In addition to helping to improve long-term farming conditions, CAFOD is also supporting people living with HIV and community building, providing emergency food rations to malnourished children, pregnant women, and new mothers, and supplying herding communities with water and animal feed.

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