What we do and who we are
Family Fast Day takes place on 15 March 2019. Hold a soup event in your parish or home to support the CAFOD Lent Fast Day Appeal.
We have global reach
We are part of one of the largest aid networks in the world. Because of our global reach and local presence, together we have the potential to reach everyone.
Our local experts help some of the most difficult-to-reach people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Whether it’s a single mother living in a remote area, a teenage boy living in a war zone, or a disabled father and daughter who are discriminated against, we help anyone regardless of faith, gender and ethnicity.
Through a local priest, a midwife or a water engineer – our global reach is present in the lived experience of local communities. These skilled women and men understand what people need because they are part of the communities they work in. Their commitment, passion and knowledge reach people other organisations can’t.
We have the potential to reach so many people because we are a member of a global Church network with a presence in 165 countries. The local Church is trusted even in the most dangerous countries, regions and communities regardless of religion. This means that your support will help those who are truly in need.
Find out where we work
We are Catholic
We are the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. With your help, we reach out to people living in hard-to-reach places, in war zones and those who are discriminated against.
We believe that if one of us is hurt, hungry or abandoned, we all are hurt, hungry and abandoned. No one should be beyond the love and support they need to live a dignified life.
Find out about our values
We help people thrive
No one wants to live on handouts. That’s why our experts provide long-term aid to equip people with the skills, tools and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give back to their communities.
Find out how to support our work
We face tough challenges
Poverty. Conflict. Climate Change. Inequality. Right now there is a child going hungry, a grandmother who is thirsty and a family without a home. It doesn’t have to be this way. Together with your support, and the expertise of our local aid workers, we reach out to those that are excluded and give them the help they need.
We are there in a crisis
We support teams of experts who can act fast, providing food, water and shelter for people who have lost everything. And we’re there in the months and years that follow too, listening and helping people rebuild their lives and prepare for whatever the future holds
Read our latest emergency updates
Give regularly to our Emergency Response fund
We speak out for justice
When international bodies and governments make decisions that damage poor communities, we speak out.
Campaigning works – it can take years of effort or be as simple as signing a petition. Increased aid for water and sanitation, action on climate change, protection for human rights defenders, and a clamp down on corruption have all come as a result of taking action together.
We reach out to young people
Each year, tens of thousands of young people discover our work at school or in groups – from volunteers, teachers and classmates.
We reach out to young people to be the change they want to see in their communities and worldwide.
Search our education resources
Search our prayer resources
We are trusted
The amount of money we receive and exactly how we spend it changes each year. But one thing stays the same – our commitment to spending it wisely.
Read our latest annual reports
We are inspired by ordinary people
“We were just doing what we ought to do, remembering that we are all God’s children.”
Elspeth Orchard is just one of the extraordinary Catholic women who helped organise the first Fast Day in 1960 that raised over £6,000. Two years later, CAFOD was born.
We are extraordinary together
“When you’re alone, you’re afraid, but we are stronger together. We know what the problem is. We help each other.”
When we unite and make a stand for what we believe in, we can achieve remarkable things. With your support, our experts can reach to the ends of the earth.
Ligia Brigones supports women in Nicaragua to stand up for their rights.
How to get involved
Join us today and help us to ensure no one is beyond reach of the love and care they need.
Give today to help us reach people who are still in need of help.
Act by making your voice heard through our campaigns
Pray for our brothers and sisters living in poverty
What does CAFOD do with my money?
During the 2017-18 financial year CAFOD's funds were spent on international development (49%), emergencies (33%), raising funds (10%), advocacy and campaigning (5%) and UK development education (3%).
Read more about how CAFOD raises and spends funds
Our supporter care statement
Every supporter and their contribution is valuable to us. Each prayer, gift and action makes a difference and inspires our work.
We work in partnership with our supporters, volunteers, our international partners and the people and communities we serve.
We strive to be excellent stewards of the resources entrusted to us by the Catholic community in England and Wales.
Our supporter promise
- You are partners in CAFOD’s work and we will always respond to you with respect, integrity and warmth.
- In every interaction we will ensure you are listened to, understood and valued.
- We will offer you different ways to put your faith into action.
- We will offer you information about our work so that you see how your contribution is making a difference.
- We welcome all feedback and will respond to all supporter enquiries promptly.
- We are committed to protecting your personal information and fully comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. We don’t share your information with external organisations for their marketing purposes. If you’d like to review or amend the communications you receive from CAFOD, you can do so at any time by calling us on 0303 303 3030 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information see our privacy statement.
- We promise high standards of fundraising and not to intrude or offend. We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, ensuring that our complaints procedure meets the benchmark set for charities. Read our fundraising promise.