CAFOD Lent 2018 Appeal: Watch how Marian will transform your Lent donation
26 February 2018
Giving something up for Lent?
During Lent and up to Easter, you may be giving up some of your favourite things: tea, chocolate or fizzy drinks. If you are, feast on the fact that whatever you collect from your Lent fast will save lives, give children a future and ensure hardworking people around the world have the chance to live lives full of dignity and hope.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Lent Appeal. Your gifts will change lives around the world. And if you donated between 13 February and 12 May, the UK Government will double your donation!
If you raised money in your parish or school over Lent and still need to pay in the proceeds, you can still have your collection matched.
Lent Appeal: Turn your generosity into something amazing
It’s difficult for us to imagine what it’s like being a struggling farmer in the world’s hungriest countries, like Zimbabwe.
Your tools are very basic, so the work hurts. You will spend long hours on the land. There will be times when you have to ready the soil for planting, so you’ll spend weeks bent over, hacking at the earth. Your hands will hurt. Your back will hurt.
There will be mornings when you need to wake in the dark to scare pests. Mornings you wake to find flooding has destroyed your shoots. Mornings when your children cry from hunger.
Donate during Lent; work with your sisters and brothers living in poverty
This is the reality for millions of the world’s poorest people who make a living from the land. Marian was like this.
Hunger made Marian tired and feverish, but she knew the hunger must be worse for her children. Her oldest son Tawanda would be so hungry, he would spend hours just sitting - too tired to go to school. Too tired to play.
Marian was given seeds and farming training. She transformed them into fresh vegetables, beans and peanut butter - full of nutrients for a growing boy. Marian has since had another son, Svondo, who is full of energy and growing well.
This is the beauty of long-term aid that you help to make happen: it gives people the dignity to give their children and their children’s children a future.