Lent Appeal 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has shown how important it is to have access to clean, safe water. During these challenging times, your donation to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal is needed more than ever.

With your donations to CAFOD's Lent Appeal we can reach out to communities around the world to help them thrive even in the most difficult environments.

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Abdella's story

Abdella is 23 and lives in a small village in the Afar region in northern Ethiopia.  

He wakes before dark to start on a long journey that will see him walk along a dried-out riverbed, over rocks, and over a mountain just to get a drink of water. The entire journey to get water for the family will take Abdella ten hours.

Can you imagine needing a drink of water and having to spend most of the day collecting it? Coming back exhausted and bruised from the journey? Being so frustrated because you feel your life is slipping away from you? Then having to do it again without any sick days or days off.

"I am a young man. I am wasting my life. What would I do if I had the time? I would start a small business. I want to make something of myself.”

Abdella, 23, from Afar in northern Ethiopia

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Will you help people like Abdella?

A gift this Lent is a lifeline to people like Abdella and his family. 

You can help by supporting our Lent appeal and enabling us to reach out to more families and communities in desperate need of help.

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