Parishioners from Corpus Christi, Oxford, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wheatley, are supporting the CAFOD Connect2 Ethiopia Project in the village of Sebeya. Led by the Justice and Peace group, their aim is to learn more about life in Ethiopia and support the people to become self-sufficient.
Parishioner Maggie Guy had experience of Connect2 when her previous Parish in Camberley supported an Ethiopian village, Biera, to introduce an irrigation system. Tony Fitzgerald from Camberley had visited the completed project, meeting the local Caritas team based in Adigrat.
He gave a fascinating illustrated talk to over 50 parishioners in Oxford who prepared traditional food for this awareness and fundraising event, ending with a Coffee Ceremony performed by Ethiopian parishioner, Mulu Abeje.
“Caritas used local hydrologists to direct villagers to build a sustainable irrigation system, hewn out of the rock, to redirect water from the mountains to the barren land. It became green, enabling crops to be grown and livestock to flourish.”
Canon Mervyn Tower, Parish Priest, said, “Understanding that the Parish is part of a world-wide family is part of the vocation of everyone – our Parish is growing in love and understanding as a result of the Connect2 project.”
Parishioner, Maggie Guy said:
“We had a great evening last Friday. We also raised about £250 although we haven’t got the exact total yet. This means we will have raised over £2,000 since we started – a fantastic result for a new parish project. It has been great to see such an enthusiastic response from the parish.”