CAFOD

CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International.

Across the world we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none.

Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.

View this interactive map to see where CAFOD works in the world.

Our Campaigns

One Climate, One World: We want to persuade governments to tackle climate change, which affects the poorest most severely.

Floods, storms and droughts are becoming more unpredictable resulting in crop failure, loss of livestock and the need for relocation for those who can least afford it. We support the transition from polluting fossil fuels to greener, sustainable energy. Inspired by Pope Francis and Laudato Si’ we have started a petition to encourage the government to act. You can sign it here: climate petition.

Fairtrade: Farmers and producers in the developing world – and some closer to home – are often the ones who bear the costs and risks of trade, while global companies make the profits. Fairtrade products have been bought by companies for sustainable prices ensuring the world’s poorest producers are able to earn a decent living and put a little back into their communities.

Gender: Globally, women are less likely to be involved in decision-making, to own land or property or to have access to education and employment than men. Violence against women is one of the most widespread abuses of human rights. Tackling gender inequality is not just an issue for women – everyone suffers when so many people are prevented from realising their full potential. CAFOD supports the 16 days of activism against gender violence from 25th November to 10th December.

Foreign Aid: CAFOD supports the law requiring 0.7% of GDP to be spent on foreign aid, but there are some who continue to argue against it. Our FAQ page demonstrates that, although there are still concerns, the benefits far outweigh them.

CAFOD in our Parish and East Anglia

Our Diocesan Office is located in Norwich and works with schools and parishes across Cambridgeshire Norfolk and Suffolk, providing resources and information about ongoing campaigns and ways to get involved. National and local events in the upcoming months can be found on our Events page. In addition to emergency appeals, such as the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, the parish takes part in two annual fast days to raise funds for much needed work. This year CAFOD’s Lenten appeal raised £10m. Our second fast day will be Harvest Fast Day on Friday 2nd October.