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


Step into the Gap-We’re on our way



Our team of Step into the Gap volunteers are departing on their overseas trips to either Sierra Leone, Nicaragua and El Salvador.  Hannah Collinson is on placement with our Youth Ministry Team in Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. She tells us about what she has been doing to prepare for her overseas visit to Sierra Leone:


“In order to prepare for the trip we have been learning more about social justice, sustainable development and culture especially linked to Sierra Leone. We have also been spreading awareness about CAFOD’s work and  the impact everyone can make during retreats  at the Youth Ministry Team where I volunteer. This included a morning prayer session in which young people used the Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love to write messages that will be taken and possibly exchanged with the people we encounter in Sierra Leone.

I feel so privileged to be involved in such amazing work and to have this incredible opportunity  as part of that. I hope to do justice to the people we meet when we return and share the truth that we have heard. I am really excited to share this experience with the young people that come on retreat, so that they can really see the bigger picture of CAFOD’s work and the impact that they can all contribute to”.

Applications for CAFOD’s gap year programme are open. For anyone aged 18 – 30: an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas. The deadline is 19th February. For all information and how to apply visit or contact Catherine Jones 0207 095 5308


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.

Continue reading