“Parishioners from Arundel Cathedral raised £1100 in their advent appeal and bought a herd (11) of cows from the World Gift catalogue.
“Stephanie Hawkey CAFOD volunteer at the Cathedral organised the selling of cows. She said “We had a board in the Cathedral which showed our parishioners how much we had raised and when we reached enough for a cow Canon Tim put another Cow on the board.
We also used 11 pictures of cows for our Epiphany Mass with Bishop Richard where we used them as gifts and got the children to take them up at the Offertory – it was lovely – like the Wise men taking gifts up for Jesus. It was a lovely Mass, with 11 pictures of cows set in place in front of the Altar.”
Afera Gebremedhine from Ethiopia was given a heifer by CAFOD which gave birth to calves a few months later. Afera’s cows produce around eight litres of milk a day, which she uses to make butter to sell at the local market. With the money she earns, Afera is able to buy food for her family and pay for school stationery and clothes for her children. If there is any money left over, Afera puts it aside in a community saving scheme, which she hopes will allow her to build an extra room as her house is too small for her family.
“I cannot compare my life before and after this cow. My children have delicious food. I don’t have to worry a lot whether my land is rented out or not. I can sell and buy food for my family”, says Afera.
Remember World Gifts are not just for Christmas they can be purchased all year round.