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CAFOD’s first overseas project was in the Caribbean island of Dominica in 1962. Today, we work across Latin America and the Caribbean, with programmes in Central America, the Andes and Brazil.

Latin America - Bolivia - Nicanora portrait

CAFOD's partners worked with Nicanora and her community through our Hands On Altiplano project

CAFOD's work is underpinned by the Latin American Church’s commitment to the Preferential Option for the Poor and its resolve to speak out for justice and peace for the poorest, most oppressed people. 

We work with partners and organisations at local, national and continental level to:

  • tackle poverty both in urban and rural areas

  • create more peaceful and just societies

  • protect the environment

  • support women, young people and indigenous groups to have more say in political and economic life

  • respond to emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and armed conflict.

Our London office is named after Archbishop Oscar Romero, one of our earliest partners, who was assassinated by the Salvadoran military in 1980. 

News from Latin America and the Caribbean

31
Oct
2023

Defending housing rights in São Paulo

As we celebrate World Cities Day, find out how CAFOD's partner Semeando is helping some of the poorest families to access safe and affordable housing in São Paulo, Brazil.

25
May
2023

Laudato Si' and the notion of the common good

In the eight years since it was published, Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' has profoundly changed the way that local experts in Latin America work with indigenous communities to promote their rights and care for our common home.

22
Feb
2023

"The earth is crying out to us and needs us"

Poverty and the threat of violence cast a shadow over childhood in Colombia but one woman is training young people to advocate for their communities, work for peace and safeguard the Amazon.