From Nicaragua to Newcastle

Three overseas visitors came to Newcastle to share information about the vital work they carry out in some of the world’s poorest countries, that your generous donations have helped to fund. 


Moise, Kelechi and Winston talking to CAFOD supporters

Moise Liboto Makuta, Kelechi Emeh and Winston Berrios spoke of their experiences in Niger, Nigeria and Nicaragua respectively.

The trio all work as Overseas Programme Officers for CAFOD.

Niger suffers from regular droughts and suffered a severe food crisis in 2012 which affected five million people.

In Nigeria,  work focuses on peace building and humanitarian assistance, among other areas. In Nicaragua, work includes improving housing, water, nutrition and education.

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Are you interested in volunteering for CAFOD as a Communications Volunteer?

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Clare on Radio Gbarnga – reaching about 5000 people!

The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) is the official overseas development and humanitarian agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Together with our partners we strive to reduce the impact of poverty, to address and challenge its root causes and to empower people to bring about change for themselves. We work with people of all faiths and none.

CAFOD’s Mission includes raising awareness and understanding of the causes of poverty and injustice to inspire a commitment to lasting change both within the Church and the wider community. This is achieved through working with the regional and social media.

The main aim of a Communications Volunteer is to increase the profile of the work of CAFOD in local areas and celebrate the involvement of its supporters and volunteers – in regional newspapers, radio, TV and online, in the diocesan press and website, through the local blog and through social media.

The Communications Volunteer will gather and coordinate information about the activities of parish groups, schools and individual supporters in their own parish, town and diocese across the region. They will then produce relevant materials for regional and online media and ensure this information is shared with their local team.

All volunteers should have an interest in media and communications and understand the importance of communicating about CAFOD to external audiences. The volunteer will need a good level of understanding of media and communications work, the relevant skills, enjoy and feel confident in talking to other volunteers and the media.

Come and join us , help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities.   To read more please visit: or to apply, please telephone CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle Volunteer Centre on 0191 384 4847

CAFOD is the official development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Green Energy Talk On 4 July

Anthony meets Gap Year participants in Lancaster

Anthony meets Gap Year participants in Lancaster

On Friday 4 July we are delighted to have a Kenyan visitor to CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle. Anthony Mbandi is the director of Caritas Kitui and he is giving a talk at Newcastle University’s Agriculture Building between 3.00 and 4.00pm.

He will be speaking about the impact of clean, green energy on the people of Kitui and how over 1/4 million households now have access to electricity. Something that we take for granted. As the sun sets between 6.00 and 6.30pm every day (no long summer evenings near the Equator!) children had to do homework by paraffin lamps which are expensive to run, give off fumes and are dangerous. Now they have more time for homework and more time to play. Hospitals and clinics can now refrigerate medicines and vaccines, pumps draw life-giving water from wells and deliver it into villages and life is made a little easier.

Please come along to the Agriculture Building on the junction of St. Thomas Street and Kings Road, near to the Hamarket bus station.

Refreshments will be served after the talk.

There’s no charge and everyone is most welcome.