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.
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
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.
Mario and Violeta work for Caritas Bolivia, standing alongside indigenous communities and rural farmers as they live in communion with nature.
Saturday 19 August marks World Humanitarian Day, an international day which honours humanitarian workers and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
We are supporting our local Church partner CAAAP (the Amazonian Centre for Anthropology and Practical Application) who are working alongside indigenous Amazonian women in Peru.
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.
lllegal and destructive gold mining is growing on an alarming scale in Yanomami Indigenous Territory (TIY) in the Brazilian Amazon.
Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day. In Guatemala, we are providing economic, health and psychological support to indigenous women.
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.
Each year, an international campaign takes place to challenge violence against women and girls.
Despite the jubilation and grand expectations from Brazil’s indigenous peoples and environmental activists, Lula’s third term as president is likely to be his most challenging yet.