The Essential Nature of Water – Mark Chamberlain

HarvestPicIn a detailed and often passionate address, to CAFOD supporters at Romaro House recently, Mark Chamberlain outlined the essential nature of water and the vital choices that have to be made if there is not enough of this commonBelief liquid that we all take for granted here in the UK. Focusing on the plight of people in the remote north of Uganda, in a village known as Moroto, Mark outlined the reasons why this issue has become the subject of this year’s Harvest appeal.

Taking the, at times, tragic story of Longora who found herself pregnant, expecting her child’s imminent birth, during a drought that had lasted four years, Mark recounted how the village population had been reduced to drinking the meagre supply of heavily polluted water from a nearby stream. Of course, water is not only for drinking. The villager’s plight had become desperate, unable to wash, unable to cook properly, even unable to grow the crops on which they depended for survival. Add to that the toxic nature of the little water they did have access to, and it is amazing that they survived at all. Longora barely survived, being stuck with a malaria infection, and her child didn’t survive. He succumbed to the infection too, soon after his birth.

Mark went on to illustrate how further avoidable tragedies like these were stemmed partly by the simple repair of a water pump but, more importantly, H&Sby the education of the villagers in the repair and maintenance of the device, something that really should have been the real priority all along. From this effort there have been several other important developments in the life of the village including a growing recognition of the equality and dignity of women, the education of the children, particularly the girls, and a new gelling of the community, now confident of it’s own ability to take charge of it’s future.

Moroto is still without electricity, gas, or easily accessible healthcare, but it is now a happier, safer place to live. And it is projects like this successful intervention that CAFOD hopes to repeat across Africa and the world, which is why the Harvest appeal is key. Please click here to find out how you can help in your Parish.

There is still time………

The Harvest talks and appeal are now rapidly approaching and many of us, newly back from a few days or weeks away from it all, will be trying to gear up to support the appeal, mugging up on the work in Uganda and maybe getting along to the meeting at Romero House on the 8th September to hear Mark Chamberlain speak on the subject. In all this, it is easy to simply get on with the new task and forget previous concerns on which we were focusing. Over the spring and summer many of us have walked to show solidarity with Refugees and Migrants. In fact, collectively we have walked the equivalent of around the world, and having done that, the bar has been raised to see if we could walk twice around the world.

The plight of Refugees and Migrants continues, added to by the continuing war in Syria and conflicts in African countries stoking the fire. In these fights over land and resources it is nearly always the weakest and most vulnerable that become victims, facing hardship and worse while trying to flee the terror.

A few weeks ago a group of CAFOD volunteers staged a walk around the grounds of the Imperial War Museum after a previous meeting at Romero House, and there is still time to “Share the Journey”. If your parish hasn’t walked yet, there is still time to do so, and, if you have, there is still time to walk again.

Finchley Catholic High School Fund Mother and Baby Clinic

A massive congratulations to Finchley Catholic High School for funding a mother and  baby clinic in Guatemala.

We would like to thank Finchley Catholic High School for being an inspiration to us all. Over the last 2 years students from the schools current Year 12’s were able to fund a mother and baby clinic in Guatemala.  Continue reading