Lent Family Fast Day Appeal

CAFOD partners in Zimbabwe are helping Pardon who is two years old and showing signs of malnutrition

Fiona in Zimbabwe is worried about her son Pardon (right). He is two years old and is showing signs of malnutrition.

This Lent your donations to our Family Fast Day Appeal will be matched by the UK Government. This means that your donations will be doubled, up to a total of £5 million. So you can transform twice the number of lives. You can give twice the number of children the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.

Two-year-old Pardon is hungry and it's making him unwell

Fiona passes a handful of maize to each of her children, then sits down beside her husband to eat her own small portion. She knows there is nothing for dinner.

"My children won’t play because they’re too hungry."

Fiona, Zimbabwe

While Fiona's clothes hang loosely on her body, her two-year-old son Pardon has a swollen stomach – a worrying sign of severe malnutrition.

Fiona knows that without more food, Pardon is at risk of falling seriously ill. The lack of food means simple infections are much harder for Pardon to fight off.

She says: “I feel very weak eating this little food, and my children won’t play because they’re too hungry. I compare my children to others who are the same age. My boys are shorter and thinner. I know something’s wrong.”

You can help. Donate to CAFOD's Lent Appeal

This Lent, if you donate to CAFOD's Lent Appeal, your gift will be matched by the UK Government. This will fund an ambitious new project to combat malnutrition and hunger.

Fiona and her family will get seeds, tools and training to grow vegetables. Please give what you can, so Fiona can feed her children.

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Fiona has reached crisis point and doesn’t know where to turn. 

Her husband Peter does manual labour to earn money, but it's not enough. Some days are desperate: “The first thing I think about when I wake up is my family. ‘Where should I go to help my family survive?’ Sometimes I get an answer. But sometimes there are no answers anywhere.”

You are the answer. Can you help Fiona and Peter this Lent?

Help provide food and more

This Lent, your donation will be doubled by the UK Government so you can make double the difference.

Your Lent Appeal donation doubled – pound for pound

Whether it’s a pound gained in weight or a pound donated to CAFOD, every pound is vital for a malnourished child.

For each pound you give to our Lent Appeal, the UK Government will also give a pound to our nutrition work.

So your generosity will grow. And so will children like Pardon.

Help God’s children grow healthy and strong - donate

Your donation will only be doubled by the UK Government during the appeal period, so please donate between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and 12 May 2018.

Marian's family are thriving thanks to her vegetable garden

CAFOD helped Marian from Zambabwe to plant a vegetable garden to feed her family

Marian will grow vegetables and peanuts to help baby Talent grow strong.

In places where we’re already working, malnutrition is decreasing.

Marian remembers the day when her seven-year-old son Tawanda was so hungry, he dropped out of school. Then he stopped playing. He was so weak, he would spend whole mornings just sitting in the same place. As Tawanda became thinner, Marian became more fearful.

Hunger like this can kill children.

But thanks to donations like yours, CAFOD provided seeds, fencing and farming training for the family.

Over the years, Marian nurtured the seeds into a thriving vegetable garden - full of tomatoes, kale and butternut squash. Marian’s children grew healthy and strong.

Donate to help families like Marian's

Tawanda, now 21, has planted his own vegetable plot and recently held money for the first time after selling some of his produce.

Donations like yours made this possible.

Please reach out to our brothers and sisters, and donate now.

Help provide food and more

This Lent, your donation will be doubled by the UK Government so you can make double the difference.

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