Lent Family Fast Day Appeal
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Lent Appeal. Your gifts will change lives around the world.
Our next Lent Family Fast Day will be on Friday 15 March 2019.
Marian's family are thriving thanks to her vegetable garden
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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. Thank you for giving what you can to help Fiona and Peter and their family.