Major appeal is launched in CAFOD Birmingham to respond to drought in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal 01 ADCS Mekele Herit-18 (2)A devastating food shortage caused by two failed rainy seasons that has led to a severe drought, effecting over 10 million people. CAFOD is appealing to supporters in Birmingham to help provide food, clean water and basic sanitation. 

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CAFOD’s partners in Ethiopia have been responding to the crisis since last year, reaching people with emergency food assistance and clean water. We are is appealing for £3 million which will allow us to scale up its current emergency response work across four of the worst affected areas; SNNPR Region State, Oromia Regional State, Tigray and Afar Regional States.

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A coffee ceremony being performed by Mulu Abeje

We have already received incredible support from the local community. Over the past year, Corpus Christi Parish Headington, Oxford and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wheatley, have raised over £2,000 for the villiage of Sebeya in Ethiopia. Just last month, over 50 parishioners attended  an Ethiopian food evening with a Coffee Ceremony performed by Ethiopian parishioner, Mulu Abeje and a speech by Tony Fitzgerald who had visited the project in Ethiopia.

Julia Hood who works in the Birmingham office and visited Ethiopia in 2011 said:

“Ethiopia faces a food shortage that has left millions without enough food to survive the months ahead. We’re already responding to the crisis through our local Ethiopian partners and we’re asking people here to support us and them so we can escalate our on-going emergency response.

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One Year on from Nepal Earthquake, Coventry donations help support rebuilding of homes

Kamal Thalea Credit CAFOD (002)

Farming in Nepal

A year ago today, more that 5 million people were affected by devastating earthquakes in Nepal. One year on, we look at how the donations from across England and Wales have transformed lives across Nepal.

Nepal regularly experiences small earthquakes and tremors but last year, on 25 April, the earthquake that hit was the worse in 80 years.

CAFOD’s partners, who are based in Nepal, were able to reach hundreds of thousands of people with immediate vital aid. CAFOD supporters in England and Wales responded to the disaster by raising over £3.8 million which enabled CAFOD to work in 15 of the worst-hit areas to provide emergency aid and now, start to rebuild family homes.

Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Coventry held a non-uniform day and raised over £1,200 for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Students from Cardinal Newman in Coventry presenting a cheque to CAFOD

Farming in Nepal

The generous fundraising meant that thousands of people have received support. Kamal Thalea, 33, lost her son, two daughters and her mother when their house collapsed on top of them. They were among at least 8,700 people who died when the first of two earthquakes.

Kemal and her one surviving daughter, who was playing outdoors when the earth shook, were forced to sleep under nothing but a tarpaulin in the wake of the disaster, which destroyed half a million homes.

One year on, they now have a sturdy shelter and a means of earning a living. Kamal has received training to grow vegetables, and now has her own tomato garden. Kemal said:

“I am earning an income and my daughter can continue going to school”

In the Gorkha District, CAFOD’s partners have trained more than 250 construction workers in earthquake-proof techniques. Training has also been given to families who plan to rebuild their homes more safely as soon as they receive the government shelter grant. Some have already started using the new techniques.

CAFOD representative Elizabeth Wignall in Coventry said:

 “The response last year was incredible and to now see people able to earn a living and sleep more safely because of their support is humbling.

“We must also remember however, that hundreds of thousands of families are still living in temporary shelters. With the rainy season approaching there is an urgent need for the government of Nepal to speed up the pace of reconstruction, so that families do not spend another monsoon under iron sheets and tarpaulins.”

Learn more about the work CAFOD is doing in Nepal