‘I had no strength and no power in my body. I was shivering like someone with malaria. And I thought, if I’m feeling hungry, what about my children? It must be worse for them.’
Marian lives in rural Zimbabwe and has had to miss countless meals. She recalls the impact hunger had on her son who was seven at the time.
‘There were times when I had to leave Tawanda in the morning to find work. I’d come back in the afternoon and I’d find him still sitting in the same place. He hadn’t played, or even walked. It was very painful to see him like that.
Our CAFOD Partners, the local Catholic diocese where Marian lives, heard about the struggles the family were facing and they decided to help. After advice and support, Marian and 46 other families enjoy the blessings of a community vegetable garden.
Marian has another child, Svondo. ‘Svondo was just a baby when the vegetable garden started properly. We had a variety of vegetables, a variety of fruit. He is healthier than Tawanda.’
Parishioners across the Westminster Diocese have helped make this change thanks to your generous support. Could you choose to miss a meal this Family Fast Day, to pray and to give generously? Could you help arrange a simple lunch in your parish or school, bringing you community together in solidarity and support?
This Lent your donations to our Family Fast Day Appeal will be matched by the UK Government. This means that your donations will be doubled, up to a total of £5 million giving us the ability to reach far more families like Marian’s and help many more children grow up healthy and strong.
Family Fast Day is on Friday 23 February.
Perhaps you can get involved in promoting the Fast Day in your Parish?
CAFOD Volunteer, Maureen pictured will be delivering a CAFOD talk at masses in her parish weekend before, Lent Family Fast Day on 17 & 18 February, and distributing CAFOD envelopes at all Masses.
Others such as Joe and Mary also pictured have been involved in Parish Soup Lunches in aid of CAFOD on the actual Fast day.
Please can you all support the CAFOD parish collection will take place on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February across the Diocese.
Please click here to find out more or to download resources.
Thank you all for your generous support.