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CAFOD works with local organisations on the ground, or ‘partners’, who can respond to emergencies immediately and are used to working with local people. When a country is at war people are often forced to leave their homes.
CAFOD works with local organisations on the ground, or ‘partners’, who can respond to emergencies immediately and are used to working with local people.
Duván (right), 13, and his family were driven from their farmhouse by fighting between the army and guerrilla forces.
CAFOD partner, Pastoral Social, trained and supported Duván’s mother, Luz Mila, to set up a metal furniture business.
Veronica Gita, 56, and her family were displaced along with thousands of others when an armed rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, carried out attacks in 2008-9.
“When the attack started there was a lot of noise. I didn’t see them, I just ran. I collected the children and ran.”
“I would like to go back, but the LRA are still in the bush.
I can’t go back.”
CAFOD helps partners respond to disasters such as earthquakes and floods and to give people what they need to survive.
After the Pakistan floods in 2010, CAFOD partner CRS provided emergency kits, including kitchen utensils and plastic sheeting.
“When it rained yesterday we had to use the plastic sheet to take cover and the cooler helps us store and keep our water clean.”
Sher Ali, 14.
When Hadjo noticed that her son Adamou had stopped eating the tiny portions she could feed him, she knew he was very sick.
Natural disasters and conflicts can have a devastating effect on people’s lives.
CAFOD partners talk to communities about what they want, and help them to prioritise their needs, find new ways to support their families and improve their general standard of living.
“In the community meetings we have agreed a plan, we will work together to build each other’s homes.”
“We have a saying, ‘You don’t have to eat for yourself, you have to think of others’.”
Kabery, 12, wants to be a nurse – but her parents have to pay for her education.
CAFOD is helping Kabery’s mother, Bijoli, to earn a better living. She now grows and sells fruit and vegetables, and rears ducks. The family can now afford to send Kabery to school.
“Before the training the land wasn’t used for anything. Now the crop is always successful. The income I get from the garden means that I can spend extra money on my children.”
Darling, 21, takes part in a simulated flood response run by a CAFOD partner to help her community respond to future natural disasters.
“We’re not doing this just for fun. Every time it rains here the road and river floods and people can’t cross. Now when it rains they can cross with ropes.”
Amelia Bookstein, Laura Donkin, Noel Gavin, Marcella Haddad, Patrick Nicholson, Mike Noyes, Nana Anto-Awuakye, Noel Gavin / Allpix / Trocaire, Philippe Mougin, Caritas Internationalis, Bridget Burrows, Paul Smith, N Fischer/ Caritas Switzerland.