Harvest Appeal 2019

No child should be attacked getting water to drink. With your donations to CAFOD's Harvest Appeal we can reach struggling communities and bring water closer to home.

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A boy's struggle to stay in school

This Harvest, we hear from Fabiano about the difference that a solar powered water pump has made to him and his community. For Fabiano, having water close to home means safety, time for school and the chance to pursue his dream of being a doctor.

Before our local engineers installed the pump, Fabiano had to walk 3 miles to collect water, morning and evening. Determined to get an education, Fabiano set out before dawn to be back in time for school.

Like many children, Fabiano was afraid of the dark. Sadly, his fear of danger in the shadows was all too real.

As Fabiano was carrying water home, a stranger emerged from the darkness and attacked him. Fabiano was terrified, abandoned the water can and ran in fear of his life.

We were there for Fabiano and we want to reach more children still risking their safety – and education – to get water.

Family Fast Day

The first Family Fast Day took place on 11 March 1960, when a group of Catholic women came together to raise funds for a mother and baby clinic in Dominica. It was from this very first Family Fast Day and the incredible efforts of these women that CAFOD was born. Today, Family Fast day is every bit as important to us now, as it was in 1960.

This Family Fast Day on Friday 4 October, would you have a simple meal, like a bowl of soup, and give the money you save?

How to fundraise for Family Fast Day

Imagine the difference this could make if your parish all got involved. It could mean another water pump in another desperately dry and inaccessible community.

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