CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. It is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

It stands beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local Church partners, it helps people directly in their own communities, and campaigns for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential.

CAFOD’s latest emergency appeal for the Sierra Leone landslides is here.

St Ethedreda’s support two ongoing Connect2Cambodia campaigns through parish donations, visits and prayer but there are many other ways of getting involved and supporting CAFOD’s work.

Current Campaigns

How to Get Involved:

Protect Our Human Rights:

Read about how CAFOD are supporting those who defend human rights and challenge any violations.

Power To Be:

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share.

Sign the petition here.

Don’t Ditch the Fairtrade:

Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK. They’ve decided to abandon Fairtrade certification on some of their own-brand tea products and pilot their own scheme instead, known as ‘Fairly Traded’.

Tea farmers in Africa have publicly opposed the move away from the Fairtrade Mark as it takes away their power to decide where to invest the Fairtrade Premium in their communities. We are concerned that this new ‘Fairly Traded’ tea, and any products that follow it, could mean an unfair deal for poor farmers.

Take action and tell Sainsbury’s not to ditch Fairtrade with these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Personalise and print our letter to Sainsbury’s and get as many people in your parish to sign it
  • Step 2: Print our ‘Ditching Fairtrade: Not my cup of tea’ mug and take a group photo with it outside your local Sainsbury’s
  • Step 3: Hand in the letter to the local store manager. You can go one step further by purchasing a box of ‘Fairly Traded’ tea and then return it immediately with the letter, explaining why you don’t want Sainsbury’s ditching Fairtrade.

Petition Sainbury’s not to get rid of Fairtrade tea and coffee here.

Care for Our Common Home:

Care for our neighbours and our common home by putting your faith into action with others in your parish, school or community.