International staff visit to Hallam Diocese

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Myo Zaw with Fr Martin & Angela Powell

Myo Zaw is CAFOD’s humanitarian capacity and development officer working in Myanmar and Cambodia.

Myo visited the diocese over the weekend and met with local volunteers, supporters and clergy, and spent some time with Bishop Ralph.  His visit gave us all much food for thought and insight into the detail and impact of the work for some of the most disadvantaged people in our world today.

Myo explained that Myanmar ranks 19th in listings of poorest countries. It has a population of 52 million people many of whom are at high risk of natural and man-made disaster. People are exposed to cyclone, tropical storms, tsunamis, flooding, forest fires and drought, and more than 10% of the population are internally displaced refugees.

Because we can work within and through the Catholic Caritas network, we have a unique opportunity to be alongside some of the most vulnerable people which other agencies are not always able to reach. Myo is working in Myanmar with local Bishops in 3 Archdiocese and with 16 diocesan offices to provide training and technical expertise that improves the capacity of local communities, enabling them to become more resilient to cope when natural disasters and emergencies occur in the area.

Throughout the weekend Myo visited the Volunteer Centre in Sheffield and spoke at Sunday Masses at Our Lady of Sorrows, Bamford and St Michaels, Hathersage. Myo is pictured with local rep, Angela Powell, receiving a cheque for £500 from Fr Martin, for CAFODs Rohingya Crisis Appeal.

Myo was fascinated to learn how funds have been raised by supporters over the years. The ‘CAFOD Hope Valley’ group have raised more than £30k and representatives of the group shared stories of concerts, book sales, garden teas, and ‘copper’ collections. All great examples of how communities living in rural communities can come together and reach out to help others in need.

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Myo met with members of The CAFOD Hope Valley Group

As well as strengthening local capacity, CAFOD provides emergency food, tents, water and sanitation for the Rohingya response which is focussed on people who have been forced to flee to Bangladesh since 25 August, to escape violence in Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar. As members of Caritas Catholic network, we are funding Caritas Bangladesh to provide emergency aid such as food, clean water and emergency shelter.

Finally, because many around the diocese of Hallam have been responding to Pope Francis calling for all to “Share the Journey” before he left, Myo met with supporters at the start of the Padley pilgrimage, at the sight of the Padley Martyrs. Some had walked from Nottingham diocese, over several days to be in solidarity for refugees and asylum seekers.

People are dying due to a lack of basic needs, and we believe that no-one should be beyond reach, therefore, we continue to raise funds in order to reach more vulnerable people and provide them with the help they desperately need. Please sign up to volunteer with CAFOD in Hallam and enable us to do more.

 

Round the World a Second Time

Round the world a second time-We just had to try! So on July 1st, 18 people from three churches -St Joseph, Moorends, Our Lady of the Assumption, Stainforth and St Nicholas,Thorne set out to walk 3 miles from St Joseph’s to Thorne and back. The guidelines in the Cafod booklet made organising the walk very simple and we shared the stories of refugees as we walked. Talking and walking work well together as we all shared stories,prayers and ideas. The inter church cooperation meant we had refreshments at both ends of the walk – very welcome, given that it was a very hot day.One lady described our symbolic walk in support of refugees as a genuinely spiritual experience .55 miles were added to the new totaliser-but we hope to do more walks and add more miles before September.

Journey to Justice: A CAFOD retreat

It feels like a long time ago now but here’s an excellent write-up from the Romero retreat at the beginning of November. Enjoy.

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In November 2017, CAFOD ran twelve day retreats for volunteers across England and Wales. Maggie Mairura from CAFOD Nottingham asked two campaigners – Rose and Veronica – to share what the day meant to them.

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The simplicity of the Quaker Retreat house and the stunning scenery provided a wonderful setting for our day.

Volunteers from Birmingham, Hallam and Nottingham Dioceses came together to reflect on the life of Blessed Oscar Romero, hear about our partners overseas who work to defend human rights and to share the stories of our faith journeys.

Become a CAFOD campaigns volunteer in your parish

Rose – Hallam  “I came to the Romero retreat wounded and in pain over the goings on in my home country Malta. A journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had been killed in a car bomb after writing blogs exposing corruption in the country.  The retreat provided me with…

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