Holy Family parish, Allestree, Derby have been part of CAFOD’s connect2: programme since it began. Initially they focused on Cambodia, raising £5000 in total and learning more about the ups and downs of life in the Samrong Mean Chey, a tiny settlement on the edge of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh along the way.
After achieving that milestone parishioners decided to move their focus across the world and become part of connect2:Brazil. In the communities of Mauá and Divineia in São Paulo CAFOD partners are supporting people who are campaigning for homeless and vulnerable families to have safe, dignified housing and better living conditions.
Recently around 25 people recently came together for a delicious lunch of Brazilian food cooked by parishioners Lis Martin and Linda Tidbury. They also heard Louise Cooke speak about her visit to CAFOD connect2: partners in Brazil, sharing stories of the people she met and the reality of life in Mauá and Divineia from personal experience.
Off to a flying start, the parish has already donated over £1,000 to connect2:Brazil. Thank you to parish volunteer David Martin and all those involved.