This week, it was an honour to welcome Livison, CAFOD’s project officer from Zimbabwe, to the Lancaster Diocese as part of his speaking tour around the North West and North East of England this Lent.
Livison spoke to almost 60 CAFOD volunteers and supporters at the events in Poulton-le-Fylde and Preston, who came out to welcome him and learn about CAFOD’s projects in Zimbabwe, the country which this year’s Lent appeal is focusing on.
Speaking about how CAFOD funded projects are helping to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country, Livison told the story of Marian and her family, including
seven year old son, Svondo.
Svondo’s brother, Tawanda, never had enough food growing up so he cried a lot and didn’t play. But thanks to CAFOD supporters from England and Wales, his brother Svondo has enough food to eat to keep him healthy. This means he plays a lot and loves peanut butter!
Livison shared with volunteers a direct message from Marian:
“I’m very grateful to CAFOD supporters for what they’ve done. You have been a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world. If I were to meet you, it would be such a blessing. I’d like to ask you, what drives you to give to others? Is it your kindness?”
It was an honour to welcome Livison to Lancaster and hearing his stories was truly inspiring. We even had a little time to explore the local area and experience a true British delicacy – fish and chips!
Are you holding any events this Lent in your parish or school? Giving something up? Let us know – we’d love to celebrate your story!
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