Hannah tells us about her upcoming trip to Ethiopia

Hannah Henley, who is taking part in CAFOD’s Step into the Gap Programme, tells us about her hopes for the upcoming trip to Ethiopia.


Hannah Henley

I’m Hannah and I’ll be travelling to Ethiopia with CAFOD in January. Seeing it in writing is just making me super excited and I can’t wait to see what work CAFOD are doing and what projects they are supporting.

If you would like to read about my reasons for applying to Step into the Gap, feel free to do so, (if you excuse the picture!) Or about the Step into the Gap Programme in general.


Some of what I’m most looking forward to is meeting Ethiopian communities and experiencing a different culture and bonding with my travel group. I’m going on to study fashion at university next year so I am just beyond excited to see the traditional fabrics and colours and markets (I’m a fashion student, I’m allowed)! I’ll need to make sure I have room for all the fabric I’m going to buy, there will be a lot… Continue reading

James tell us about his upcoming trip to Cambodia

James Ronan is taking part in the Step into the Gap programme. He tells us about his year so far and his preparation and expectations for visiting Cambodia.


James Ronan

For the first term of the Step into the Gap programme, I have been based at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool. It has been a really exciting! In October, the chaplaincy team Brightened Up for Harvest with a week of fundraising, which culminated in a Staff Talent Show. Later on that month, I helped organise a sixth form Climate Change Debate with two local MPs, Paul Maynard and Gordon Marsden, for the CAFOD Speak Up Week of Action. In November, we held our Act of Kindness week, this coincided with having the pilgrim statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in school, for the end of the Year of Mercy.

This January I have the incredible opportunity to visit Cambodia and see the work of CAFOD’s partner organisations, helping our Cambodian brothers and sisters to build God’s kingdom here on Earth. Continue reading

Ana Manganaro Health Clinic – Guarjila, El Salvador

Did you know…the Ana Manganaro health clinic is a CAFOD partner in El Salvador? The clinic was built in 1988 by refugees, including nurses, who returned to El Salvador after the civil war. Inspired by Blessed Oscar Romero and by American doctor and Sister Ana Manganaro, the clinic provides care for rural communities so they don’t have to travel long distances, which can be costly and dangerous, to see a doctor. Today the clinic supports a population of 19,000 people.


Find out more about work in El Salvador

At CAFOD, our hope is inspired by our Christian faith and the strength of the partners, families and individuals that we work with both here in the UK and overseas. By working together, we can build a better world so everyone can become the best person they can be.

Thank you for your support this Harvest and throughout the year.


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