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Whatever happened to‌

The CAFOD magazine Summer 2010

Weathering the storm

How a community in Bangladesh is coping with the life-changing effects of extreme weather

Emergency response Building future foundations in East Africa and a return to Haiti


Connect : Join the journey Sharing lives across continents

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Contents Round up

“One of the most powerful

News, offers, quirky features and light-hearted stories 3

forces is the voice of faith groups,” says Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

This isn’t a story of war Sexual violence in the DRC 5

Chris Huhne MP in an exclusive interview with us.

When spiders unite, they can tie up a lion Chris Bain and Bishop John Rawsthorne reflect on the challenges of last year, and next 6

Weathering the storm Extreme weather in Bangladesh and Chris Huhne MP on the politics of the environment 8

Emergency response – From Haiti to East Africa How the millions you have raised have helped our emergency work across the world 10

Picture this Sharing lives across continents: Images from Connect2 12

This ringing endorsement from the ‘corridors of power’ recognises the important role our faith plays in influencing those in government to stand up for the dignity and rights of the poorest in our world. Encouraging you to make that voice heard is one of the aims of our feature ‘Weathering the storm’. Learn how people in Bangladesh are coping with the effects of climate change, and how your actions have the potential to go a long way towards holding MPs accountable when it comes to the politics of the environment. We were delighted by your positive response to CAFOD’s new magazine, a new way of communicating a broader scope of our work so you can get involved – praying, acting and giving – in increasingly different ways. In this second issue, which replaces our annual review, CAFOD director, Chris Bain, looks back on the last year and forward to the next, while chairman of the trustees, Bishop John Rawsthorne, shares his thoughts on our work. In addition, ‘This isn’t a story of war’, showcases photos from a CAFOD exhibition which reveals the shocking scale of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With your help, the women featured, and thousands like them, are learning to live again. In ‘Emergency response – from Haiti to East Africa’, read how money you have raised is continuing to support communities recovering from natural disasters. Chris Huhne said in our conversation with him: “Every voice is important, every action can make a difference.” I hope this edition of Side by Side inspires you to act for a fairer, more just world. Thank you for all you have done so far.

From the dioceses Highlights from our work in England and Wales 14

Roisin Sullens Editor

In my life Nurul Maulida from the Legal Aid Foundation in Aceh, Indonesia 15

CAFOD is the official overseas development and humanitarian agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB. Tel: 020 7733 7900. Email: Registered charity no. 285776 Printed on recycled paper. CAFOD acknowledges financial support from the UK Department for International Development towards its development programmes. Views expressed in Side by Side do not necessarily reflect those of CAFOD or official CAFOD policy. Front cover photograph: Pobitra Adhikari, 28, from Kainmari, southern Bangladesh has his own shrimp farm thanks to help from CAFOD. Simon Rawles Photographs: CAFOD North Wales, Annie Bungeroth, Marcella Haddad, Joelle Hernandez, Kieran Truefitt, Pascale Palmer, Sophie Stanes, Simon Rawles, Karen Toftera, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Bridget Burrows, Robyn Fieser, Anderson Barbaso, Ataklti Mulu, Sim Bunchheoun, Claudia Torres, CAFOD Leeds, Tim Hetherington, CAFOD Westminster, Legal Aid Foundation, Aceh, Caritas Internationalis.


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Round up Our mix of news, offers, quirky features and light-hearted stories

Pakistan flooding devastates millions As Side by Side went to press, Pakistan was hit by monsoon flooding which killed more than a thousand people and left millions homeless. “Many of these people already suffered during the earthquake in 2005 and also as a result of the ongoing conflict,” says CAFOD’s programme officer for Pakistan, Lucy Morris. “The few possessions and means of survival they had have been washed away.” To donate to the Pakistan appeal, go to

A busy man Pope Benedict will be busy in the UK this month. Thursday 16 September, he meets the Queen at Edinburgh’s Holyrood House and says mass at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow. Next day, he meets young people at St Mary’s College, Twickenham, and the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace. e. He speaks at Westminster Hall and finishes with evening prayer in Westminster Abbey. On Saturday, there’s mass at Westminster Cathedral and an open air vigil at Hyde Park. On Sunday, he celebrates the b beatifi tification ti of John Henry Newman in Birmingham before returning home. You could toast the Pope’s visit with The Pope’s Beer. “It’s our obligation to appreciate the election of a Bavarian pope in a Bavarian way,” says brewery Weideneder Bräu, which is local to where Joseph Ratzinger grew up.

Put your heart into it This Harvest Fast Day, 1 October, we are asking children and young people to ‘Put your heart into it’ by raising money for children like Eric, 8, in Rwanda. His sister, Julienne, joined other young people to start businesses to make a living after losing their parents. Visit for a pack to help you bring the heart of Harvest to young people.

A question of… There’s a new version of the CAFOD Quiz, originally launched last Lent. There are new rounds, including ones on our Connect2 countries - so if you’ve taken part before, you won’t get the same questions again - plus a quiz for young people. Visit for a guide to organising your own quiz.

What’s in, what’s out; what’s up, what’s down; what we like, what we don’t…

What’s in? Women Women and girls feel the effects of poverty the most. UN Women, a new United Nations agency, promotes women’s rights and equality across the world. The UN budget for such work is expected to increase to US$500 million. Getting to know your MP Meet them on 5-6 November and speak out as part of the Big Climate Connection local lobby. Call on your MP for policies to protect the poorest: The Clean Sheet law Brazil, where a fifth of politicians have been found guilty of, or are being tried ed for, corruption, has approved as approv ved a law preventing ing criminals running for ing fo in or public office. “They said it was easier for a cow to fly than thiss to be approved,” says ys Brazil partner, CBJP, who helped bring about the law.

What’s out? World Cup football But wait, you can replace it with running! CAFOD has loads of events you can take part in. Visit sponsoredevents Blood diamonds A leading figure in the movement to stop the trade in ‘blood diamonds’ (gems mined and sold to fund conflict) has warned that governments and the mining industry are failing to act against violations. Big bucks Winning the lottery could make you unhappy. Research from the University of Liege, Belgium found “a free-flowing supply of cash diminishes one’s ability to savour everyday positive emotions”.

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Remembering them November sees several memorial masses taking place around the country. Norma Lynch, who set up a CAFOD Candlelight Fund in memory of her son, Sean, attended a mass last year. “I realised I’m not alone, others are going through the same thing. It was special that I remembered Sean at mass with others.” For information on masses and Candlelight Funds, contact Susanna Webb on 020 7095 5348.

Your Kingdom Come Want to see a world where all can live life to the full, but not sure where to start? Want to put your faith into action, but life feels too busy? Watch CAFOD’s new short film ‘Your Kingdom Come’ and find out how you can be part of changing the world. Visit

Act on Poverty takes off All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield, launched the ‘Act on Poverty’ campaign on their playing field in July. Student Kieran Truefitt captured the scene from a light aircraft. Act now:

The Village People After a successful quiz night to raise money to buy a CAFOD World Gifts greenhouse, parishoners at Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew’s Parish in Hitchen decided to carry on to create a virtual village from the World Gifts range. They’ve since added a community water supply. Go to wgfundraising for tips on how to build your own virtual village in your parish and school. In the run up to Christmas, remember that World Gifts make unusual and fun presents! See

If the t-shirt fits... CAFOD North Wales’ Megan Williams presents Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband with a Welsh language ‘Create a climate for justice’ t-shirt on his recent visit to Wales. Go to climatejustice for more on the campaign.

The boys and girls from Brazil “What you do is revolutionary, you are the solution to poverty,” said The Big Issue’s John Bird to three Brazilians in a London coffee shop on a cold October day last year. Luciano, Cristiano and Leticia work for the Growing Towards Peace project in their shantytowns in Brazil. Where they live has one of the highest death rates of young people in the state, killings often organised by drug traffickers. The project provides support to children, young people and families, helping them develop skills, increase self-esteem, enhance job prospects and build peace. The group came to the UK for Harvest Fast Day celebrations. A year on, Cristiano looks back on the visit. “It was a great experience,” he says. “We shared a lot about our life and culture. “I am still working with children and young people, but I have more responsibilities than before. In England everything was well organised, we turned up on time and were well presented. I’m now making sure I do the same here.” Meeting John Bird

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DRC: 50 years 50 faces

Feza M’Nyampundu, 48

Valarie M’Zihindula, 40

Furaha M’Musema, 17

M’Namihamya Munyerenkana, 50

Nakata M’Maroyi, 45

Justine M’Gahama, 49

This isn’t a story of war From 1996 to 2003, the conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) claimed 3.8 million lives; by 2008, disease and starvation had taken the death toll to 5.4 million. Sexual violence against girls and women has been one of the most horrific aspects of the conflict, with the eastern province of Sud-Kivu being greatly affected. Even now, local groups say an average of 40 women are raped every day in the area. It is estimated that since 1996, more than 200,000 rapes have occurred in DRC, but with extreme stigmatisation of women who have suffered sexual violence, many go unreported and the true figure is likely to be closer to 400,000. With your help, CAFOD works across Sud-Kivu on tackling stigma in communities, and providing medical referral and psychosocial care for those affected by sexual violence. At present, we fund eight ‘listening rooms’ in Sud-Kivu, where women receive counselling and spend time together learning a trade, such as embroidery. We have helped more than 12,000 women get back on their feet physically and emotionally through this essential service. To coincide with DRC’s 50 years of independence, we have created an exhibition of photographs by CAFOD’s Pascale Palmer, which tells the story of 50 women from the eastern region of DRC who have been affected by sexual violence. The ‘50 years 50 faces: sexual violence in DRC’ exhibition was launched in July in London and will tour for 12 months. For more information, please go to

“Take our stories and tell everyone what is happening here,” she says. “The world thinks it knows – but it doesn’t know. This isn’t a story of the war, this is our lives now. If the world is bored with the story, then they have forgotten how to be human” Feza M’Nyampunda, 48, from Mwanda, Bukavu, in eastern DRC. She was raped by rebel troops in front of her husband at their home

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Looking back, looking forward

When spiders unite, they can tie up a lion

CAFOD director Chris Bain and chair of the trustees Bishop John Rawsthorne reflect on the challenges of last year and next

Chris Bain: ‘Determined to increase our impact on the lives of the poorest’ e’ve heard a lot about austerity measures in recent times. And as I reflect on the last year, and look forward to the year ahead, I’m well aware of the ongoing challenges that face our partners and supporters everywhere, and us at the CAFOD office. Globally, there has been an attack on aid budgets and question marks remain over unfulfilled commitments rich countries have made to the poor. There is no doubt international aid will be threatened in the coming years, as countries around the world look to put their own economic houses in order following worldwide recession. The good news is that Britain is showing firm leadership here, re-committing to spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on aid for the poorest by 2013. Supporters all around the country will perhaps be facing their own austerity measures. Praying, taking action, and giving require commitment and there are all kinds of demands on our time and pockets. Even accepting our moral responsibility to ensure the world is a fair and just place to live and recommitting ourselves will, at times, be challenging as various things in our



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lives vie for our attention. But, ‘when spiders unite, they can tie up a lion’, says the old Ethiopian proverb and, whatever actions we take, however small, will make a difference. Importantly, while reducing our core costs, we have made no cuts to our international work. Much of that is down to you, our supporters, who have continued to give despite the difficult times. Thank you for the solidarity you have shown, enabling lives across the world to be transformed so that people can live in dignity, with access to basic facilities like clean water, health care and education, with real hope of achieving their full potential.

“Praying, taking action and giving require commitment and there are all kinds of demands on our time and pockets” In the coming years, we will be held increasingly accountable by donors, supporters and those we and our partners help, for the way we spend money. We are determined to increase the impact of our work on the lives of the poorest. Good aid works – whether from governments or from CAFOD and our partners. We must be more diligent than ever in gathering evidence to demonstrate how our work truly changes lives around the world. We must fight to keep aid on the agenda of the British public and decision makers. Chris Bain Director

OUR FINANCES IN 2009/10 Income – in 09/10 we raised £49m: • two thirds came through the generosity of our supporters • this includes £5m for Haiti which will help fund a major response in the next two years 1% 67%



Supporters Caritas network Government and other grants Interest and other income

£33m £4m £11m £1m

Expenditure – in 09/10 we spent £47m: • 86% (£40m) was spent on our charitable activities • only 14% (£7m) was spent on generating funds & governance 7%



26% 47% International development £22m Disaster relief £12m Development education £3m Advocacy and campaigning £3m Total= £40m Generating funds & governance £7m For the full Trustees Report and Financial Statement for the year ended 31 March 2010, go to

Looking back, looking forward

“Much has been said about people growing weary of giving but each time there is an emergency, the Catholic community proves that theory wrong!” Bishop John: ‘CAFOD really does stay for the long-term’

n a year of economic uncertainty worldwide, I am immensely proud of what CAFOD has achieved. During times of recession, the poor are hardest hit. This year, shielding the most vulnerable communities we work with has been a priority. Much has been said about people growing weary of giving but each time there is an emergency, the Catholic community proves that theory wrong! Haiti was no exception. Parish and school communities, alongside many individual donors, raised an extraordinary £5 million in response to the earthquake which shattered


the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. This widespread generosity is both heart-warming and a tangible sign of global solidarity. Having seen our emergency work in action, I can vouch for the difference we make. In August 2009, I visited Sri Lanka and was greeted with the horrifying sight of 300,000 people behind barbed wire, all internally displaced by war. Our partner, Caritas Sri Lanka, was meeting immediate needs as well as actively calling for justice and peace across the country. It is this kind of comprehensive approach that makes CAFOD stand out. While in Sri Lanka, I took part in the final celebrations of rebuilding work after the 2004 tsunami. How wonderful to be part of a success story

like that, even at a time when we were responding to another crisis in the same country. It brought home to me that CAFOD really does stay for the long-term. In June 2010 we launched ‘Just one world’, our vision for change and agenda for action for the coming decade which ensures the poorest people are at the heart of our work. It roots us in our faith identity, challenges us to act for positive and lasting change, and reaffirms our core way of working in partnership. With my great thanks to the supporters, volunteers, partners, staff and trustees who make our work possible. John Rawsthorne Bishop of Hallam Chair of CAFOD

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WHERE YOUR MONEY HAS HELPED AROUND THE WORLD CAFOD grants to partners in % 2009/10 4% UK and Global Latin America Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia El Salvador Guatemala Guyana Haiti Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Paraguay Peru

Africa Angola Burundi Chad Congo (DRC) Eritrea Ethiopia Kenya Liberia Malawi Mozambique Niger Nigeria Rwanda Sierra Leone South Africa Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

Asia & ME Afghanistan Bangladesh Burma Cambodia China East Timor India Indonesia Israel Lebanon Pakistan Philippines Sri Lanka Samoa Thailand West Bank and Gaza

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Whatever happened to… the storm Bangladesh: weathering

Weathering the storm By Sarah Hagger-Holt

How a community in Bangladesh is coping with the life-changing effects of extreme weather, how you’ve helped and what you can continue to do to support them

The future looked bleak when, two years later, disaster struck again. Her mother Fatima explains. “Our house was damaged again in Cyclone Aila. When the water level rose, I sent my children to the shelter, but I wouldn’t leave. The house filled with water – up to my neck.” Fatima managed to save their few belongings, but not the house. Two months later, it fell into the river. As a labourer with no savings, insurance or prospect of government help, how could she begin to rebuild?

“The house filled with water – up to my neck” Fatima Begum, Bangladesh

Parvin Akhter, her brother Eman and mother Fatima lost their home after Cyclone Aila

It’s a long way from Bangladesh to Copenhagen, from sticky heat to falling snow. Kulsum Umme, from our partner, Prodipan, in Bangladesh, made this 4,500-mile journey last December to speak out for the world’s poorest, while world leaders tried to agree how to tackle global climate change. The future of her country depends on international action – and time is running out. Khulna, in South Bangladesh, where Kulsum lives, is on the frontline of a changing climate. Cyclones destroy houses and crops and cause flooding, covering the land in salty water. This leaves local people extremely vulnerable: making water undrinkable and rice difficult to grow. 8

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Extreme weather is changing lives. “I studied until I was 14,” says Parvin Akhter, “but we were badly affected by Cyclone Sidr when it hit. My mother couldn’t afford what I needed for school, so I had to stop my studies.”

Parvin’s business has helped her family rebuild their home after it was destroyed

Your generosity has helped Prodipan provide Parvin with training in tailoring. This, combined with Parvin’s hard work, has helped her develop a small business which is flourishing. “Before the tailoring business we spent days without a meal,” admits Fatima. “But the money Parvin made meant we could rebuild this house and eat every day. With God’s help, life is better.” The Prodipan team gives training in skills that last a lifetime. But Kulsum believes passionately that action – and money – is needed now to help poor countries like Bangladesh cope with the impacts of extreme weather. “People here aren’t able to meet their basic needs, like having clean water or enough to eat,” she says. “Is it their fate or can it be changed?” During 2009, over 60,000 of you campaigned with CAFOD for climate justice because you believe this can be changed. Although results of the climate talks in Copenhagen were disappointing, some promises were made. Rich countries pledged money would be available fast to help prevent communities being dragged deeper into poverty – money which could build flood defences or preserve forests which protect against flood damage. With only three months to go until international talks in Mexico, many questions remain. Countries most

Bangladesh: weathering the storm affected by a changing climate have a right to know where money will come from and how it will be spent. But full and clear information is Kulsum Umme speaking being withheld. to climate justice These countries campaigners in the UK can’t plan for the future. They fear that muchneeded aid, already promised for development, may be diverted to fund the pledges made on climate change at Copenhagen. They are also concerned they’ll have to repay loans with interest. European finance ministers, including UK Chancellor George Osborne, meet this October – this is our chance to press them to open up and report back in full on those crucial decisions. Kulsum believes in the power of people pulling together. “Organised, trained and capable, this community is developing,” she says. But without international action, will this be enough to keep it secure in the future? “Sometimes they think their effort in adapting to changing weather conditions is like a single straw against the tide. But as I fight to get justice, compassion from CAFOD campaigners, standing right beside me, gives me courage to go on.”

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Avoiding climate change catastrophe Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne MP on the politics of the environment

“Climate change could hurt the poorest communities most”

What inspired you to enter politics? My family has always been political, but when I was a journalist I visited India and saw successes and failures of development policy; and Tanzania, where a wellmeaning programme of moving nomads into villages (to enjoy better health and education services) failed to take account of increased farming on poor soils, leading to erosion. The futility of ignoring ecological constraints awoke my interest in environmental policy.

Why is climate change such a crucial issue? It has the potential to make the planet uninhabitable. Climate change could wreck economies and hurt the poorest communities most. Actions to tackle climate change – like reducing energy use and switching to cleaner forms of power – could improve our quality of life, and should be adopted.

What are the hurdles to tackling climate change? Developing countries are unconvinced developed countries are committed to reducing their own emissions which are responsible for most of the global warming effect so far; and poorer countries don’t want their development constrained by unfair targets. We need to develop

long-term financing for developing countries, and demonstrate how the UK can build a prosperous, lowcarbon economy. This will encourage richer countries, like the US, with less ambitious targets, to move further.

What hopes have you for a binding deal, that protects the world’s poorest, at this year’s talks in Mexico? The UK is committed to achieving success. Over 120 countries are associated with the Copenhagen Accord, over 70 set out targets to limit emissions. Copenhagen demonstrated an appetite for action. We need to see substantial progress in Mexico.

What can supporters do to lobby their local MP? Most MPs are convinced of the urgency of the climate challenge, but not all – scientific disputes have not helped. Target less convinced MPs with arguments and evidence (particularly of local impacts). For others, reinforce the case for ambitious action.

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Emergency response team

From Haiti to East Africa Your overwhelming support of our emergency work meant we got life-saving aid to those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. Out of the media glare, East Africa reached crisis point as severe drought followed years of failed rains. We helped with food and water and are now supporting communities in a new way...

East Africa: Building future foundations By Bridget Burrows

What our partners have provided so far:


children. But instead Ann Nakoil, mother of eight, More than 6,300 people of providing food empties a bucket of soil from with emergency food packages, we her head. Sweat pours from More than 2,700 families are giving it as her as the sound of picks with food or cash in return for building work in the payment in hitting baked earth fills community exchange for the air. She and other Water points giving their labour. parents in Lokali, eastern more than 31,000 people This is helping Uganda, are helping dig clean water families to eat, the foundations of 17 health clinics supplied with and helping a new classroom. medicines them to use Behind her, the need is their skills to build evident. Thirty kids, pencils id a school. and paper balanced on laps, seeds that grow in dry conditions and st ud ies With droughts bare legs dirty from the dust, vaccinated cattle so they are stronger under a tree increasing in this region, we read from a blackboard propped during drought. are committed to supporting people like against a tree. Her 13-year-old son David Ann puts her arm on her son David’s Ann in the longer term. That’s why we’ve is among them. shoulder. “I want to educate my son built community water dams, put water Introducing himself shyly in English, to brighten his future,” she says. “If he tanks in schools and laid water pipes tugging at his school uniform, he says: is educated and gets work, it will help to health clinics. We’ve given farmers “It’s difficult to study under trees. The support us.” blowing winds are hard.” Ann Nakoil, left, helps build a school in eastern Uganda Ann and her family are facing difficult times. “There’s been no food at home. With no rain for three years, the place is dry,” she explains. This has destroyed crops and killed animals across East Africa, and left 3.8 million families with scant food and water. But thanks to your generosity in response to our East Africa appeal, we were able to provide children under five, pregnant women, elderly and the sick with food. Emergency drinking water was trucked to dry areas and medicines were supplied to health centres to fight illnesses like diarrhoea and cholera. Mums like Ann still need food for their old



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Return to Haiti

Months after the earthquake, Marie Josette Delorme-Pierre, CAFOD’s humanitarian officer for Haiti, returns to the country of her birth

Marie Josette, left, with Janine Toussaint and her baby who lost their home

‘The sweltering blue tents’ in Port-au-Prince

How your money helped:

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by the quake were given emergency tents people received shelter kits including rope, a pick axe and sleeping mats families received kitchen kits including pots and pans and kitchen utensils

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Dear CAFOD friend, When I visited Haiti just befo re the earthquake struck, fam ily and friends were doing fine. What happened on 12 January 2010 changed our lives. On hearing the news back in the UK, my head spun with pan ic as to what might have happened to my fam ily. It wasn't until a month later that I flew into Haiti. My family were safe , but traumatised by the enor mity of the disaster that had unfolded befo re them; the dead, the rubble, the utter chaos. This time I arrive in Haiti as an aid worker and I'm thin king about how to balance both sides of mys elf: Josette the Haitian, and Josette the CAFOD aid worker. As I drive into the capital, Port au Prince, diggers are hard at work. The plumes of dust that rise into the sky must be reminis cent of those first minutes when buildings coll apsed from the might of the earth's tremor. It's not easy driving through the capital. Journeys can take up to three hours as vehicles share the roads with rubble, market stalls spill into the street and huge numbers of people navigat e the many obstacles in the road. I was heading for Port au Prince Central where I went to university. It's where my husband and I met, fell in love and spent romantic stolen moments across bowls of Bouyon - a soup of vegetables, meat and yams - at a cheap restaurant by the national palace. As I rounded the corner, I found only a gapi ng hole. The Haitian spirit, which says : 'don't wait for anyone to tell you what to do, find a way to do it yourself', is alive and well. The local markets are now busy and small street restaurants are cooking up my favourite vegetable 'lalo', a kind of spinach stew. When I was here in Februar y, there was hope the Haitian government would bring about change. That hope , amid the ruins, is crumblin g. Under the heat of a swelteri ng blue tent, I met with peop le in one of the camps who talk regularly to decide how to progress wor k. It has been important to work through thes e local groups. It's the Hait ians who will be most effective at rebuilding their country - they know the terrain, culture and language and show us the most vulnerable in the camps. Haiti, historically, has excluded ordinary people from public life, but CAFOD's partnership way of working is drawing people into public decision-making to outl ine what services they need; clean water, sani tation and health education. And, thanks to you, our partners are making life more bearable for people by building toilets, showers and using innovative methods, like graffiti, to get safe hygiene messages across. In the midst of this meanin gless horror, I remember the words of my late mother: 'Fight with dignity, smile to have strength and never give up my daughter.' That is our Haitian spirit.

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In response to a global l b l outcry, t y US$748 million of Haiti’s international debt has been cancelled. Pressure on world leaders, including your emails, also led to a fund being established so that other low-income countries can access debt relief following a disaster. Thank you.

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connect2: Join the journey Ever wondered how people cope with severe drought? Or the aftermath of war? Or the constant threat of losing their homes? We’ve all seen the images flashed up on our television screens - technology is bringing the world closer. But what happens when the cameras leave?

Brazil Connect2 is an exciting new way to get behind the headlines and hear from ordinary people living extraordinary lives. It’s an invitation to parish communities in England and Wales to be part of a journey. It’s sharing lives with people around the world through blogs, photographs and video and learning how six communities are overcoming the odds to create a better future.

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England and Wales Liz is from St Benedict’ s in Leeds. “Our connec tion with Puentecitos is abo ut more than fundraisin g. It’s about growing wit h another communit y as we learn about each other. It’s about extend ing a hand of friendship and solidarity.”

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Connect2 connects parish communities in England and Wales with communities overseas, enabling people across continents to share their hopes and dreams, struggles and challenges while standing in solidarity with one another. To be part of your parish’s inspiring journey, go to or speak to your local CAFOD office. Contact details for each office can be found at sidebyside summer2010


From the dioceses

From the dioceses

Out of the mouths of babes

CAFOD starts ‘em young. Althea Hayes, 13 months, got on her (mother’s) bike for Pedal Against Poverty. Nearly 200 supporters from Brentwood and Westminster dioceses cycled along the River Lee in June to raise £15,000. Eileen Hayes said: “I did this in solidarity with other mothers in the world who struggle to provide for their children.” Also from Westminster, Luke Curran, six, raised £825 for Haiti doing a 1.5 mile run. He wrote: “If you want to give money, talk to mum or dad. If you want to cheer me on, you can. If you don’t want to see me, that is all right. If you want to run with me to see if I am running properly, you can do that too. Most of all, I’d like you to give money and pray.”

A legend in his own lunchtime For years, retired teacher, Brian Bennion, has rattled a tin at lunchtime in the corridors of Holy Family College in Heywood, Lancashire, (formerly St Joseph’s) where he taught. The school has raised more than £30,000 for CAFOD and Brian recently received a CAFOD certificate for his contribution. Despite managing to relieve kids and teachers of a substantial amount of money, Salford diocesan manager, Anne-Marie Coppock, says Brian “still has a great relationship with the students and teachers”.

Running away with it

Little and often

It’s a long way from Memphis, Tennessee to Preston, Lancashire. In 2008, Ben Wearden, 17, ran a fivekilometre run in the Deep South in 103 degrees and he’d been training hard in cooler climes for the 10K Manchester Great Run. Ben did the run in May with others from Cardinal Newman College in Preston aiming to raise £3,000 for CAFOD. “Hearing about CAFOD’s work made me want to help,” said Ben.

‘From little acorns’, as the saying goes... A school with just 27 pupils has raised £800 for CAFOD through a series of events. Head teacher Annette Sowdon of St Peter and St Paul’s in Leyburn said: “The children wanted to raise £750 to buy a Community Water Supply CAFOD World Gift. They raised £800 so we bought chickens and a school starter pack too.”

These boots were made for walking Nancy Sinatra, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Johnny Cash all extolled the virtues of walking. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the first CAFOD office in the North East of England and to celebrate, supporters, rters, staff and partners will walk parts of the 140-mile ‘Big Walk’ from Durham to Holy Island via Hexham and St Oswald’s Way in July 2011. Place lace names en-route reflect the significant number of saints who trekked ed the land long ago. “We’d love people to join us as we walk, or att events in the towns,” says diocesan manager Anne-Marie Hanlon. Contact 14 sidebyside summer2010

Two minutes with…

Hexham and Ged Naughton, CAFOD cer Newcastle diocesan offi

The most inspiring person I have met is… the person I didn’t meet. On a visit to Brixton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu saw our office and wanted to visit. We ran to the far entrance where we thought he’d be, but he went to the lower door where we’d been sitting. We ran back but he’d gone. He then went to the door we’d just been at and so we missed him there too. I was that close! If I could, I would invent… a jar to replace those salmon paste ones. The knife won’t fit under the rim. My two ‘Desert Island discs’ would be… Holiday in Cambodia and Kill the Poor by punk band The Dead Kennedys. These songs combined shocking, satirical lyrics with criticism of political and social issues. They got us talking about the big questions of the day at school. The best time of day is... 10 am T coffee time. I was teaching English c ffor six weeks in Ethiopia where they llove coffee and I brought back a big bag. Whether it’s the coffee, or the b company, coffee time is the best c ttime of day at the CAFOD office.

In my life

In my life

Meet one of CAFOD’s partners from across the world

My most vivid memory is… when a group of police officers came to our office in Banda Aceh and fired a warning shot. They ordered the men to strip to their waist and lie on the ground. It was 2001 and we were campaigning against human rights violations conducted by the Indonesian military. We had photos up around our office in Banda Aceh of human rights victims, and the police took them all down. I was the only woman, and because I was eight months pregnant, they didn’t do anything bad to me. But it was the first time I’d ever experienced something like that.

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The one thing I make sure I do every day is… prepare food for my husband, who normally gets home at 9pm. At the weekend, we like to go to the beach in Banda Aceh with our two children.

The book I’m reading is… Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer. It’s the last of her Twilight saga about modern-day vampires. These books are very popular in Aceh because people like to read about ghosts and creatures from other worlds.

If my house was on fire and I had to save one thing, it would be... our important documents. Having something that confirms your identity is important here because the government doesn’t hold central records and you can’t get copies.

If I could pass any law it would be… a revision of the laws of Sharia Islam because some of them are against human rights. One of my friends was reprimanded by the Sharia Police because her hijab (head cover) did not cover her chest and she was wearing tight jeans. I don’t disagree with the concept, because it helps

The beach: a place of relaxation with the family

us live out our Muslim faith according to the Qur’an. But the laws are often broken by the people who are trying to enforce them, so there’s no trust. It’s also not good for our economy. Cinema is banned, for example, so Acehnese people go to the neighbouring province to see films, which takes money out of Aceh.

The best piece of advice I have ever received is…

“My most vivid memory is when a group of police officers came to our office and fired a warning shot because we were campaigning against human rights violations”

that people start from the bottom, not from the top. My parents told me that, and I have never felt embarrassed to do what seems to be a small job.

The place I am most happy is… in my bedroom where I spend quality time with my husband and kids. This is where we relax as a family. We usually rent a film to watch in the evening, when my husband is home from work.

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