CAFOD LENTEN APPEAL 2019
As you read this letter, millions of families around the world are living in extreme poverty. As you know, our school supports CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. With CAFOD, we believe that poverty is not part of God’s plan and that, as a Catholic community, we should not give up on the world’s poorest people. This Lent we are supporting CAFOD to help to change this to build a better world this Lent.
Therefore, as part of CAFOD’s Family Fast Day appeal, we are challenging our pupils to give it up this Lent – to give up something they like and donate the saved money to help build a better world.
Mahinur lives by a river with her husband Khalek and 12-year-old son Rabiul, who both have disabilities. She relies on fishing in the river to support her family, but last year it dried up and all the fish died. The fish have not returned. Some days the family just drink water for dinner. The good news is that CAFOD is part of the global Church network that reaches to the ends of the earth. We already know where Mahinur is. We know she needs help. And we know how to help. But the reality is that we are forced to turn away one in three requests for help, because we simply do not have enough money to go around. Mahinur’s family is currently part of that one in three.
That’s why your help is so vital. Taking the give it up challenge can be simple. To support this appeal we will be making an image of a fish in the school playground on Friday 15th March 2019. We would like to fill this with loose silver change and then this money will be sent off to CAFOD. You can find out more about this appeal, Manihur’s story and the work CAFOD do by visiting https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Lent.
Please take the challenge and give it up. It will really help make a big difference, helping the poorest communities around the world to feed their families and make a living.
Thank you for supporting your son or daughter in his/her efforts to reach out to the world’s poorest communities.