Connecting Harpenden to the Sao Paulo Favelas

Parishioners from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Harpenden met last Tuesday evening to learn about CAFOD’s work in Brazil.

CAFOD Connect2 Brazil Sao Paulo Harpenden Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Harpenden Our Lady of Lourdes Parish with CAFOD Community Participation Co-ordinator Tony Sheen

Sao Paulo is the biggest city in South America.  Unfortunately it also has a huge disparity in the wealth between rich and poor. It boasts a super- rich group of the population with the highest ownership of privately owned Helicopters, whilst at the same time over six million people live in precarious housing conditions such as the Favelas.

Communities in the Favelas often live in fragile houses built out of plywood and corrugated iron, which have no access to electricity, clean water or sanitation systems.

CAFOD partner organisations in Sao Paulo work alongside the poor communities living in these precarious conditions supporting them with various immediate and long term needs.

Tony Sheen described visiting a number of Favelas and meeting inspiring CAFOD partners and communities who CAFOD are supporting through these partners.

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Herts Constabulary Choir Success

The Herts Constabulary Choir sing for joy as concert organised by the Holy CAFOD group is a success!

Herts Constabulary Choir Concert fundraising for CAFOD

Herts Constabulary Choir and Holy Family Group fundraising for CAFOD

We at CAFOD Westminster would like to thank the Herts Constabulary Choir and the Holy Family Group at St Bonaventure’s church for holding a successful concert on Monday 26 September, in aid of CAFOD.

The event raised £340 for CAFOD! Thank you to everyone that donated and participated in the event! The Holy Family Group at St Bonaventure’s church are well on their way to achieving their target for 2016 with £3000 raised so far!

CAFOD Westminster would like to wish the Holy Family Group good luck with their next 2 events and hope everything goes well!

Motivated by the work of the Holy Family Group Welwyn? Check out our A-Z of Fundraising ideas and raise money for CAFOD!



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.