One Climate, One World: CAFOD speaker from Zimbabwe tours England and Wales

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Takura picIn July, Takura Gwatinyanya, from CAFOD partner Caritas Harare, will be travelling across England and Wales to share his passion for tackling poverty and to show how your support is making a difference in Zimbabwe.

Meet Takura and discover more about CAFOD’s climate and energy campaign at a series of special events, starting in London on Wednesday 6 July.

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We caught up with Takura to ask his about his family, his work and what keeps him motivated.

Tell us a little bit about your family.

I am married to Rutendo Avriel, and we have one five-year-old son.

You’re an expert in water and sanitation. What makes you passionate about this area?

My experience in sanitation and humanitarian work has shown me that access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. It bring human dignity, with immediate and evidenced results. The need for decent…

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Volunteers to Volunteers

“A very interesting link-up with volunteers in Uganda. Amazing to hear about volunteers visiting people living with HIV/AIDS and supporting them in their homes. Also they support the orphans who are placed with Grandparents.”

During National Volunteer week in this country, we linked up with volunteers working with two of our partners in Uganda. Eight volunteers from our diocese came together in the Volunteer Centre to take part in a webinar with volunteers from St Francis Home Based Care in Kampala and KitovuMobile who are situated just SW of the capital. Together the two partner organisations deploy nearly 500 volunteers, the majority of whom are women.

Listen to the recording of the webinar


Eileen, Toni and Vin from our diocese shared what they did in their roles as Parish, Campaign and School volunteers. The volunteers from Uganda did the same explaining how they worked with community members living with HIV and AIDS, cancer and in poverty in their communities.

Find out more about our work in Uganda

Read about Ssebula Francis, a volunteer HIV worker in Uganda.

At the end, the discussion was opened for questions. The Ugandan staff and volunteers were particularly curious about the age of our volunteers as they had observed we were all quite old! Despite this difference, the dedication and commitment of volunteers on both sides, was evident. As was the fact, that none of the three organisations could do the work we do, without volunteers. And not just any volunteers but the ones we have, who are committed, dedicated and extremely good at what they do!

Thank you to each and every one of you.

“I felt it was brilliant. Our volunteers spoke very clearly and very well. It was fascinating to hear from folk in Uganda. I learnt a lot.” Jean

“This was very informative and gave a good insight into the life and work of the volunteers in that area and the input of CAFOD.” Finbar

June Newsletter

1-12 June is National Volunteers’ Week!

Thank you for sharing your time and talents to help your sisters and brothers around the world. You are at the heart of our work. Please join us this coming Tuesday – 7th June – to celebrate your work and that of volunteers from all over the UK to Uganda! You can meet our Ugandan volunteers online by coming to the Centre in Chester or by registering online for the webinar: Tuesday, 7 June, 10-11am Register here After meeting our partners’ volunteers we will have a few activities, hold a liturgy (about midday) and then have a shared lunch. Please join us for all or part of the morning.

Other events in this National Volunteers week:

Volunteering with Step into the Gap – Tuesday, 7 June, 7-8pm Register here

Thanksgiving Mass – Wednesday, 8 June, 12-1pm Register here

Emergency appeal in response to the food crisis in Ethiopia. Please look out for an email with further details of how you can support this appeal.

 You are invited to a Power to the People campaign event

On Saturday July 9th 9.30 – 4.30pm, you can build on your campaigning skills, get up to date with CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign, meet other campaigners and hear from Takura Gwatinyanya from Caritas Harare in Zimbabwe about why your campaigning matters. Sign up for the free Manchester event here at Loreto College Chichester Road South, Manchester M15 5PB. If you can’t make it, events are running all over the country and all are welcome. There’s still a chance to hear from Takura and from CAFOD’s campaigns team at a webinar on Friday 15 July, 1-2pm. Register here.

Lampedusa Cross – Year of Mercy pilgrimage

The first Parishes have received and passed on our Cross and the first messages have been delivered to refugees on Lesbos. Thank you. If your Parish is holding the Cross please use the simple and powerful liturgies to inspire and draw us all closer to God as we seek to make a difference. Also please ask people to sign the messages of hope and send them to me at our Volunteer Centre. If you receive the Cross and you need more resources, please get in touch. A few weeks are still available.

Wirral Coastal Walk for CAFOD June 12th

Please come and take part in the Wirral Coastal Walk on Sunday 12th June for CAFOD’s Syria Appeal!  You can have a wonderful day out with family and friends walking 5, 10 or 15 miles depending how energetic you feel.  Registration is at Seacombe Ferry 8.30 to 10.30 am (£5 each and £1 for under 10s). Details and sponsor forms from Finbarr Stewart 0151 632 5504 or 645 9124.  It’s a fantastic day for a fantastic cause!  If you’d like to wear a CAFOD T shirt on the day, please call 01244 677524.

Talk and Refugee Liturgy

On 23rd June from 7pm onwards, Alan Tomlinson, CAFOD’s Emergency Programme Manager – Syria Crisis response will be talking about our work in Syria. This will then be followed by the Refugee reflection liturgy. The venue is Holy Family Parish, 65 Old Hall Road, Sale Moor, Cheshire M33 2HT. All are welcome. Contact