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
The first Family Fast Day took place on 11th March 1960, when a group of Catholic women came together to raise funds for a mother and baby clinic in Dominica. It was from this first Family Fast Day and the efforts of these women that CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, was born. Today, Family Fast Day remains one of the ways CAFOD supports us in answering God’s call to help our global family.
This Harvest Fast Day, we hear from Fabiano, a 14-year old boy from Uganda, about the difference a solar-powered water pump has made to him and his community. For Fabiano, having water close to home means safety, time to be able to get to school and the chance to be able to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.
Before CAFOD’s local engineers installed the pump, Fabiano had to walk three miles to collect water, morning and evening. Determined to get an education, Fabiano set out before dawn, so he could be back in time for school. On one occasion, a stranger emerged from the darkness and attacked him. Fabiano abandoned the water can and ran for his life.
Those long, dark walks are now a thing of the past for Fabiano. It takes him just four minutes to get water now, so he has more time, and energy, for school, and having fun with his friends.
Today, CAFOD wants to help more children still risking their safety and education to get water. Family Fast Day is this Friday, 4th October. The idea is that we have a simple meal, such as a bowl of soup, and donate the money we save to CAFOD. This small sacrifice for us could mean another water pump, in another desperately dry and inaccessible community, and help to provide a positive future for children like Fabiano.