Lent Appeal 2017
We gave Florence some fish. She turned them into a future for her children.
Will you donate to CAFOD's Lenten Appeal and help transform little fish into something amazing this Lent?
The CAFOD Lent Appeal started on Ash Wednesday (1 March) and runs throughout Lent. CAFOD Lent Fast Day 2017 was Friday 10 March.
You can also donate in any of these ways:
- over the phone – call 0303 303 3030
- by post – send a cheque payable to CAFOD to:
CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JB
- by text – text ‘FAST17 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5
What’s the Lent Appeal about?
“Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ." – Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2017
Lent Appeal 2017: Florence and the little fish
Florence is 41 and lives in northern Zambia. When her husband died in a mining accident, she struggled to make a living.
Thanks to donations like yours, CAFOD's partner in the area, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, gave Florence tiny fish - the size of your thumb. They also taught her to build fish ponds and care for the growing fishes – providing a way for her to help herself and her family.
“I thought, ‘I’m determined to do this,’” says Florence. “When I came back from the training, I wanted to help my neighbours as they had helped me in the past. I thought if they were empowered, they would benefit too.”
Why should I donate?
Your donations make the Sisters' work possible. Florence transformed her whole life with just a small amount of help. By donating to our Lent Appeal you can give that help to people like Florence.
The fish Florence started with were the size of your thumb. With her hard work, commitment and dedication, they grew to the size of your dinner plate.
She sold the fish and bought clothes and school books – a future for her children. From just a tiny start, she was about to do big things.
“I can send my children to school now and I can feed my family. I urge you please continue supporting me.”