Stories of survival, hope and healing

8 January 2021

PPE to combat coronavirus

During the coronavirus outbreak, CAFOD has funded the Handmaid Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus to provide personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses in Sierra Leone.

How you are helping people affected by coronavirus around the world

As part of one of the largest aid networks in the world. Our local experts work with some of the most remote and difficult-to-reach people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  

Because of your incredible response, these local experts have been responding to the coronavirus pandemic across the world, in your name, working with some of the most vulnerable communities. While the pandemic has exacerbated many existing challenges, with your support, together we can rebuild. Here are some of the stories of people you are helping to survive, rebuild and heal.  


Like far too many people, Asal lost someone she lived to coronavirus. When her husband died, she had to find a way to provide for their two daughters and three sons without him.  

Thankfully, Asal was not alone. She is a member of a self-help group funded by CAFOD to help women in the region build their skills and fulfil their potential. Thanks to support like yours, Asal can get training and a loan to start her own business, so she and her children can start to rebuild their lives.  

“My only hope is the self-help group. I am planning to request some chickens so I can start a small poultry farm.”  

A Prayer to the Creator 

Lord, Father of our human family,  
you created all human beings equal in dignity:  
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit  
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,   
dialogue, justice and peace.  
Move us to create healthier societies  
and a more dignified world,  
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.  

May our hearts be open  
to all the peoples and nations of the earth.  
May we recognise the goodness and beauty  
that you have sown in each of us,  
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,  
and shared dreams. Amen. 

Sierra Leone 

Kayode works for CAFOD in Sierra Leone. He told us how lessons learned during the Ebola outbreak helped to save lives when coronavirus hit.  

“Ebola devastated the economy, social systems, almost every aspect of life. It lasted almost two years. Part of the reason our work was a success was because we brought leaders on boards – community leaders of all faiths – and we gave them training. The community had trust and respect – they trusted the leaders.  

“Trust is so important. We believe that by working through faith leaders, and with the trust they have build in the communities, we can get information out about what people need to do.”  

“We defeated Ebola, and we know that by the grace of God, we are going to defeat coronavirus.”  

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