On Sunday, 14th June, Warwick University’s CathSoc shared in a CAFOD afternoon after celebrating Mass and sharing a lunch, kindly provided by CathSoc, together. Lizzie, a current Step into the Gap volunteer, was delighted to share stories of CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe, and supported by Kris Pears to share CAFOD’s One Climate One World campaign.
The group reflected on, discussed and stood in solidarity with those in Zimbabwe as Lizzie shared stories from her three week CAFOD visit to Zimbabwe, as part of her Step into the Gap year, visiting communities and learning about CAFOD’s work around… …HIV and AIDS…
The Mashambanzou Care Trust provides holistic, nurturing medical and social care to those with HIV and AIDS all within a supportive, caring community. Here is a wooden roulette game played in the afternoons.
Solar-powered piped water scheme in Lubu village. Villagers can now access water from a tap in their village and women and children no longer need to make the long, dangerous journey down a rocky hillside to a crocodile-infested river to collect water. As one villager told us, ‘the children have time to be children’
… to income and livelihoods
Training in conservation farming techniques. To adapt to climate change, CAFOD has trained Mpofu Koniya, 55 years, to retain soil moisture by placing a layer of leaf litter, mulch, over his crops. As Mpofu explains:
‘There have been changes in terms of times of rainfall and changes in amount of rain…now there are few rains. The maize we are producing needs more rain. This methods works because it conserves moisture’
The group learnt all about CAFOD’s One Climate One World campaign. Did you know that…
Climate change is the greatest threat to alleviating poverty
and that 90% of those who die in developing countries live in the poorest countries
Kris Pears explained all about how to express to MPs the vital importance of tackling climate change as a priority. Many MPs were lobbied at the Speak Up for the Love of Lobby outside Houses of Parliament, June 17th, critical to influencing vital climate change discussions at the Conference of Parties in Paris this December.
The group reflected on all the things they personally would like to tackle climate change for the love of and ecological actions they’d like to take in their daily lives.
‘For the love of’ activity and green pledge cards
The afternoon closed in prayer and reflection for all those affected by the Nepal earthquakes. Thank-you to Fr Curtis for a very warm welcome, to CathSoc for providing a lovely shared lunch and to all who attended for their enthusiasm, engagement and thoughtful contributions to discussions. Time to change climate change? Please let David Cameron know by sharing and signing our petition- click here to sign! By Lizzie Wignall