“A bridge from a place of suffering to a better world” – Welcoming Livison

Last week, it was an honour to welcome Livison, CAFOD’s project officer from Zimbabwe, to the Shrewsbury Diocese as part of his speaking tour around the North West and North East of England this Lent.EP2

Livison spoke a group of CAFOD volunteers and supporters in Ellesmere Port, who came out to welcome him and learn about CAFOD’s projects in Zimbabwe, one of the focus countries of this year’s Lent appeal.

Speaking about how CAFOD funded projects are helping to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country, Livison told the story of Marian and her family, including her seven year old son, Svondo.

Svondo’s brother, Tawanda, never had enough food growing up so he cried a lot and didn’t play.  But thanks to CAFOD supporters from England and Wales, his brother Svondo has enough food to eat to keep him healthy. This means he plays a lot and loves peanut butter!

Livison shared with volunteers a direct message from Marian:

“I’m very grateful to CAFOD supporters for what they’ve done. You have been a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world. If I were to meet you, it would be such a blessing. I’d like to ask you, what drives you to give to others? Is it your kindness?”

Livison said: “The people of Ellesmere Port have been very welcoming.

“Sometimes, we wonder where to get the strength and motivation but the prayers and donations from CAFOD supporters help us to keep motivated, encouraging us to make positive changes in our lives.”

CAFOD’s local representative in Ellesmere Port, Katie Hallows, added: “We are really grateful to have had the chance to celebrate the work our volunteers have been doing in the local area.  To be able to have had such an insightful input from Livison, who gave the group an understanding of some of the struggles that people in Zimbabwe are facing, was appreciated.

“It’s the long-time commitment of volunteers like those from Ellesmere Port that ensures that CAFOD can support the world’s poorest people to live with dignity.”

It was an honour to welcome Livison to Ellesmere Port and hearing his stories was truly inspiring.

Learn more about this Family Fast Day

Are you holding any events this Lent in your parish or school? Giving something up? Let us know – we’d love to celebrate your story!

Email shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk or call 01244 677594

Livison Chipatiso in Telford 8th February

On Thrusday 8th February you and your friends and family are welcome to hear Livison Chipatiso, Programme Officer from the CAFOD office in Harare, will be in Telford at 7pm.

He will be speaking about CAFOD’s projects tackling hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe.

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The location is at St Patrick’s Curch, King Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 3AP

All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

Connect with CAFOD’s work online this Harvest Fast Day


Elizabeth, local farmer in Bolivia

Volunteers in the Diocese of Shrewsbury live thousands of miles from Bolivia. This Harvest Fast Day you have the chance to hear about life in Bolivia, from your own home!

On 7th October you are invited to join CAFOD online for your chance to hear from Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia. You can find out about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia and ask any questions you might have.

Joining an online talk is easy. Simply choose from the lunchtime and evening talks and register using your email address.

CAFOD volunteers and supporters have come together on three occasions throughout September to hear about Harvest Fast Day and about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia.


Nicanora and her family in Bolivia

Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia, said:

“Families in Bolivia make the most they can out of every single penny and understand the importance of every grain of sand. They are hugely grateful for CAFOD supporters and any gift you can give as a donation will help them.”

“I’m so pleased that the Bolivian rural livelihoods projects were chosen for Hands On! Many of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Bolivia live in the highest parts of the Andes mountains and so it’s difficult for visitors to come and learn about the work the CAFOD supports.”

Hear more from  Nikki Evans during one of our online sessions.

If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at eheans-glogowska@cafod.org.uk or call 0207 095 5332.