A Colombian Evening at Holy Spirit, West Bridgford

Friday 11 October at the University of Nottingham  CAFOD visitors from Colombia are taking part in a free workshop 9.30 – 4.30 followed by a public lecture 7-9pm

Bang to Rights Workshop

The Guardians of Atrato River – Euma Pedroza , Fausto Palacios and CAFOD partner  Oscar Salinas are visiting from Chocó, north-western Colombia. The Atrato River in Chocó, one of the regions with the highest biodiversity in the world, is found in one of     Colombia’s poorest regions.

This river is a source of life for many Afro-Colombians and indigenous communities living along its banks however as a result of illegal mining activities and the armed conflict, the environment has greatly suffered. It is often dangerous for local communities to protect their environment. In a landmark ruling in 2017, Colombia’s Constitutional Court recognised the Atrato River, including its communities, as having rights to “protection, conservation, maintenance and restoration”.  Bang to Rights Lecture


Euma, Fausto, Oscar will share their experiences of protecting, defending and  preserving the Atrato River.     To register for the Workshop click here



The following day, Saturday 12 October, they will be joining parishioners at Holy Spirit, West Bridgford who are launching their HandsOn Magdalena Medio parish scheme. Mass it at 6.30 and then into the church hall at 7.30 for Colombian food, music, and hear more about the project and the Guardians work.           All welcome!


Sister Yvonne leaves lasting impression

CAFOD Nottingham’s school volunteer Anna Bourke has written to express hersr-yvonne delight at  a recent webinar which included a talk from Sister Yvonne Mwila Mwalula. CAFOD partner Sister Yvonne visited the country in February from Zambia and has clearly left a lasting impression with Anne. Read what Anne had to say below….
I have just listened to Sr Yvonne’s talk that was captured from the webinar in February.

I was unable to listen to the live link on the day and was so disappointed.
Thankfully you had a plan B, talks in the UK and CAFOD capturing the webinar. Wonderful.

Anne Bourke

CAFOD volunteer Anna Bourke

It was excellent, so lucid and informative and gave a much fuller picture of the work in Mbala that expands on the Lent campaign. It helps you see Florence’s achievements together with the community’s effort to develop livelihoods and recover their independence as well as supporting the next generation.


There were excellent slides with quotations and information that will help me when I return to schools or my parish to do thank you assemblies and explain how CAFOD is helping to make a difference.

Capturing and sharing talks like this is a great way to disseminate information for individuals or for sharing in a group – a real pearl of a resource. Sister Yvonne is such a skilled presenter and it was inspiring to hear her work.

Anna Bourke

Lent Fast Day 2016


Happy New Year from CAFOD Nottingham!

With Easter being early this year Lent and Lent Fast Day will soon be upon us.  Louise and I, with the support of CAFOD volunteers, have been busy organising some events around the Diocese and attach two documents below giving details of when and where.

This year’s Lenten appeal will once again focus on the live saving gift of water.  So we’re asking people to think about the fact that clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, yet millions of people don’t have access to these basic services. We want to ask YOU to ‘turn on the taps’ and get support going for those who have to do without water BUT that we can help if we are supported.  By attending one of our events you will learn about Proscovia in Uganda and hear her story.

We are delighted to welcome Laureta Madegwa from CAFOD Nairobi who will be attending the event on 30th January at the McGuinness Centre in Nottingham.  At other events we will welcome Jason and Bea, our CAFOD Step into the Gap young people who will have returned from visiting our partners in Zimbabwe and Peru.

So please take a look and see if there is an event you can attend , and. even better, bring along a friend!

CAFOD Lent Briefing 2016 poster pdf

CAFOD events poster Lent 2016

If we haven’t managed to get to where you live, we plan to do this either after Easter or for Harvest Fast Day!