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A Zimbabwean aid worker has expressed his thanks to communities from Liverpool for the support they have shown to Cafod on Family Fast Day.
Livison Chipatiso, Cafod’s project officer in Harare, spoke to volunteers in Croxteth last month. He spoke about the impact that Cafod’s Fast Days, which this year focus on Zimbabwe, can have and gave first-hand accounts of how projects, such as community gardens and training for parents and health visitors funded by Cafod, are helping to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country.
This Lent, in an added boost, all donations made to Cafod’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, are being doubled by the UK government until 12 May, meaning that parishioners in the archdiocese have made double the difference.
Cafod’s local representative in Liverpool, Colette Byrne, added: ‘It has been brilliant to see the wide variety of fundraising events going on for Fast Day. Hearing Livison’s stories from Zimbabwe made the impact that the work volunteers are doing here in England and Wales even clearer. We’d like to send a huge thank you from everyone at Cafod’.
It is expected that an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eritrea will be reached by the funds raised. This money will enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.