CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development)

CAFOD logoCAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) are the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Guided by the values of compassion, solidarity and hope, we are rooted in the Catholic community. Together, with the help of our volunteers, we put our faith into action to help our sisters and brothers living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture.

CAFOD are a member of Caritas Internationalis, a group of over 160 Catholic agencies from around the world, known as ‘the helping hand of the Church’ and work through the local Church to reach people and places that others can’t.

We believe that everyone in the world has the right to live their lives with dignity. That’s why we work through the local Catholic Church and other partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to fight poverty and injustice, wherever the need is greatest.

CAFOD believe in “helping people help themselves”.

No one wants to live on handouts. Our priority is to equip people with skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.

CAFOD are running a Refugee Crisis Appeal to raise funds for sister agencies in the Caritas network across Europe, the Middle East and Syria to support traumatised refugees.

They are working through European sister agencies to provide vital aid to refugees in almost every country in Europe. They are also directly supporting Caritas Greece and Caritas Serbia who are providing food, water, shelter, weather-proof and warm clothing and sleeping bags to thousands of refugees.

In March 2016 they pledged £100,000 to Caritas Hellas to support in scaling up their emergency aid response, which will also include installing basic chemical toilets and shower facilities at Idomeni. In Athens at Piraeus Port, Caritas Hellas will also be able to reach more refugees by providing food for people who are anxiously waiting the next stage on their onward journey.

In Lebanon, a neighbour of Syria, hosting over a million migrants and refugees, CAFOD’s partners work closely with children who have been affected by this crisis, and use counselling, drawing and play to help them come to terms with what they have experienced.

This vital work means that these children can begin to feel hopeful about their future.

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