CAFOD in Zimbabwe


Come and meet Livison Chipatiso CAFOD’s Project Leader in Zimbabwe: Sunday 18th February at 6.30pm Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle and again at Mass in the cathedral at 12.05pm on Monday 19th.

Livison will also meet with CAFOD volunteers and supporters from 6.00pm-9.00pm on Monday 19th February at St Hilda’s Diocesan Resource Centre, West Road, Newcastle NE15 7PY.  All are welcome!

We are delighted to offer you a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from Livison Chipatiso, CAFOD’s project leader in Zimbabwe, about how CAFOD is responding to hunger and malnutrition. Livison will share his first-hand experiences of communities whose lives have been transformed. Please let us know if you intend to join us at St Hilda’s at 6.00pm on Monday 19th February as we are asking people to bring some food for a shared table. Let us know either by telephone: 0191 384 4847 or by emailing

If you can’t come and meet Livison in person then you can hear him in his online talk, 7pm Friday 23 February

Please register here to listen live, or for a link to listen later at a time of your choice.

Remember Family Fast Day is Friday 23 February.

Every £ donated will be matched by UKAID up to £5 million


Washington Primary School Calls For Celebrity Fundraising Help

A Washington primary school hopes to call upon the help of celebrities to raise enough money to buy a health clinic in a developing country.  

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Nathan and EK would especially like to hear from David Walliams

St Bede’s Primary School in Washington plan to raise £4,000 by December 2018 to buy the health clinic from CAFOD’s World Gifts catalogue.

Pupils at the school will write to celebrities and companies for advice on how best to raise the money, without calling upon the help of parents.

The school council and ‘Minnie Vinnies’ group are leading the fundraising push alongside teachers and parish priest, Father Jim O’Keefe.

Minnie Vinnies are children aged 8-11 who support registered charity, St Vincent de Paul Society.

Pupils EK and Nathan presented a plan of action to their classmates with a number of celebrities to write to. They identified David Walliams as a key target.

Nathan said: “We want to write to David Walliams because he’s raised loads of money for charity by swimming across the channel.

“He’s funny and friendly and he likes having a laugh and making people happy.”

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Hannah’s CAFOD Adventure in Sierra Leone

Step into the Gap volunteer Hannah Collinson is heading to Sierra Leone as part of her CAFOD gap year! Read her thoughts below… 

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Hannah is travelling to Sierra Leone

At the end of January, as part of my year with Step into the Gap, I will be travelling to Sierra Leone for two and a half weeks. During this time, myself and three other CAFOD gappers will visit Freetown, Kambia and Bo.

In these three towns we will be visiting different CAFOD partners such as KADDRO which focuses on livelihood support and emergency response in Kambia; The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary who work to improve water, agriculture, sanitation and hygiene in Bo and CARITAS which focuses on good governance and security in Freetown.

We will also be meeting the CAFOD staff in the Sierra Leone office and spending time with the communities that CAFOD and our partners have helped and are continuing to help. I am excited to meet the communities, to see the impact first hand and to really learn valuable lessons that will inspire and humble us on our journeys. Although at times it may be difficult, I am really hoping to experience the sense of hope and progress within the communities after the Ebola Crisis.

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