Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

Thank you to all who contributed to the collection in support of CAFOD’s emergency appeal. Updates will continue to be posted on the CAFOD web-site, so you can see how your money is being spent and how the relief work is progressing. A short film from David O’Hare, who is in Mozambique for CAFOD, has just been posted there. It shows some of the destruction but then shows that CAFOD have been able to respond already, as part of the Caritas network, providing food, emergency shelters and advice on hygiene, which will be very important in preventing the spread of disease.

Caritas aid workers are working around the clock to get aid to where it's needed, a life-line to families made homeless by the flood waters of cyclone Idai. In Mozambique, boats have been loaded up with vital food aid, destined for the remote area of Buzi, where at least 50 families are sheltering in the local parish church. CAFOD is funding the provision for 30,000 people of basic hygiene, sanitation and shelter supplies, and services in the dioceses of Beira, Chimoio, and Quelimane. 

In eastern Zimbabwe, the Caritas aid team on the ground have said that access beyond Chimanimani, one of the worst-hit areas is very poor because major bridges have been washed away, but the government is working to try and build a new road. In a 4x4 vehicle, Caritas workers have been able to distribute aqua-tabs - a water purification tablet - to support families who have lost their clean water supply.  In Chimanimani and Chipinge, an estimated 16,000 people are now homeless and in need of shelter.

The film ends with by saying that the need is huge and that people in all three countries are going to need all the help they can get. CAFOD’s emergency appeal will help to keep the work going over the months to come.