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Zimbabwean field worker thanks Ellesmere Port parishioners for support of CAFOD projects combatting hunger in his country

 

A Zimbabwean field worker has visited volunteers in Ellesmere Port to thank them for their commitment to the international development charity CAFOD as part of a speaking tour, which is taking place in the charity’s Family Fast Day fundraising campaign this Lent.

Livison Chipatiso, CAFOD’s project officer from Harare, met with a group of almost 20 volunteers in Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Ellesmere Port, to share with them how their support is helping to fund projects which are combatting hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe.

Livison told locals about projects available to families, such as training on farming techniques to grow drought-resistant crops, and for nurses and village health workers on how to spot and prevent malnutrition.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

All donations made to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal this year, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK Government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

In Zimbabwe, one in three people are undernourished. January to March is the most difficult time of year for food. The rains start falling in November, but the harvest doesn’t start until April. The stores from last year are depleted – this time of year is known as the “hunger gap”.

Livison, who is speaking across England and Wales with CAFOD over Lent, 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 volunteer Toni Woodhead said: “It was an honour to hear first-hand accounts of how the money raised by people here in the UK is helping communities in Zimbabwe.  I was impressed by Livison’s enthusiasm about his work and his commitment to making a change overseas.” 

Katie Hallows, CAFOD’s local representative in Ellesmere Port, said: “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.”

The funds raised by CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

 

Donate to the Lent Appeal at: cafod.org.uk/lent