27 Things You Didn’t Know About CAFOD


Here’s some facts you may or may not know about CAFOD and the work it does.

  1. CAFOD stands for Catholic Agency For Overseas Development
  2. CAFOD works in 35 countries
  3. CAFOD has 500 programmes in those 35 countries
  4. CAFOD’s donations come from: Catholics in England and Wales, Governments and Other Institutions
  5. CAFOD uses its donations to: promote long-term development, respond to emergencies, raise awareness, speak out on behalf of poor communities
  6. CAFOD has 6,400 volunteers in England and Wales 
  7. CAFOD is a member of Caritas International (a group of over 160 Catholic agencies from around the world)
  8. Out of every £1, 88p goes on vital emergency relief and developmental work in the world’s poorest communities. As well as this, it also goes on education and lobbying work in the UK
  9. 12p goes on raising more money
  10. CAFOD began in 1962Caritas International logo
  11. Jacquie Stuyt and Elspeth Orchard joined with the National Board of Catholic Women, the Catholic Women’s League and the Union of Catholic Mothers to organise the first family Fast Day. The number of collections meant that 2 years later at the Bishop’s conference, CAFOD was registered an official charity.
  12. This first Fast Day raised money for a mother and baby clinic in the Carribean island of Dominica
  13. This first Fast Day was on Friday 11 March 1960
  14. Children were asked to give up sweets and parents were asked to make one main meal, being the cheapest it can be and donating the money saved
  15. This raised more than £6,000, which is equivalent to £96,000 today.

    CAFOD beginnings

    The Catholic women who organised the first family Fast Day in 1960

  16. CAFOD’s first international office was in Albania in 1993
  17. CAFOD’s first campaign was in 1979 in the Philippines
  18. CAFOD was one of the many Fairtrade founders
  19. Over 5,000 products now carry the Fairtrade mark in the UK
  20. Over 1.65 million workers and farmers benefit from the Fairtrade schemefairtrade logo
  21. The Catholic Church is the single biggest provider of care for people affected by HIV and AIDS
  22. CAFOD helped press for the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
  23. The number of people living in extreme poverty has more than halved since 1990. From 1.9 billion to 836 million
  24. CAFOD is based upon the 7 Catholic Social Teaching Principles
  25. In 2016, the number of volunteers grew by over 1,500volunteers
  26. CAFOD supporters gave £3.5 million in response to the Nepal Earthquake in 2015
  27. CAFOD’s ‘Lost Family Portraits’ series was seen by 758 million viewers globally and raised £286,000 for the Refugee Crisis Appeal

If you want to find out more, visit the CAFOD website.

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Understanding CAFOD’s work on 1st July

Please come and join us at the Understanding CAFOD’s work event at English Martyrs’ church hall 4 Vicarage Lane Horley RH6 8AR on Saturday 1st July from 2:30 to 4:30pm



Looking at the world with facts and numbers

During this time we will share about CAFOD’s vision of a world transformed, our mission to promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian and Gospel values and we will share about our work throughout the world. We will also share an update of latest news and suggest ways people and parishes might support us in our work.



Interesting discussions with inspiring people

The events are designed to be inspiring and entertaining and to give a chance for people to ask questions and hear how we put their donations to good use. All are welcome. Why not bring a friend or two or some fellow parishioners who might be interested in getting involved?

It would be helpful to know, for catering purposes, if you are intending to join us. Please do let us know by phone on 01483 898 866 or email arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

Young Leaders – Great Examples

CAFOD has been running its Young Leadership programme for a few years now and this year two students from St George’s College in Weybridge are taking part. Ellie tells us about her experience of being on the programme with her friend, Sarah.

“Sarah and I signed up to the CAFOD young leaders programme this year and we learnt a lot from all the sessions but we particularly found the fundraising day very interesting and felt inspired to help raise awareness and money for CAFOD.

“At the beginning of the programme, around November time, we did an assembly to the lower school at St. George’s on CAFOD, who they are and what they do and their values.

“Then, after the fundraising training day in the programme, we set up a fundraiser at our school aiming to raise money for Lent Fast day. Firstly, we gave an assembly about what Lent Fast day was and why we thought it was important to raise money for it.

“Then, we sent around a big cardboard cut out in the shape of a fish to all the form classes in years 7 and 8.  The aim of this was to fill the fish up with coins using the blue tac provided and try to be the first class in your year to complete the fish. There was a great deal of competition for this, with the first class finishing their fish in two days! The winning class from each year was awarded a free sponge ticket per member of the class to cash in at our sponging event the next week.

The cardboard cut outs of fish filled with coins donated for Lent Fast Day

A Fish Full of Dollars (well, nearly)


“We then organised our sponge a teacher day.  This was during lunchtime and we had a great turn out with about half of the school turning up. The students paid for a ticket which they then cashed in for a sponge and got to throw the sponge at whichever teacher they preferred to (we had a rota of teachers). Along with this, we had a bake sale where we sold lots of different treats from cakes to cookies, which were all homemade.

“Everything was fish themed, including the cakes and the sponges to encourage the theme of this years Lent Fast day.

“Separate from the fundraiser, we helped our school chaplains raise money for the East Africa Appeal. St. George’s raised over £5000 in two days for this appeal which was amazing!

“Both Sarah and I are helping plan and execute an RE study day in June where Year 8 students focus on the work of CAFOD and world issues and what can be done to help issues.”

Our sincere thanks to Ellie and Sarah for their enthusiasm, their creativity and their great success at fundraising. If you are interested in becoming a CAFOD Young Leader in your school then do get in touch with us at the local CAFOD volunteer centre: arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk