Zimbabwe

Catenians launch appeal for Zimbabwe

To mark 100 years of "friendship, faith, and family", the Catenians are launching a major fundraising appeal to help provide water for people in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa

The appeal - Give Water Life and Hope - could not come at a better time as increasing numbers of people in Zimbabwe are forced to resort to unsafe water sources as the country's crisis deepens.

The country is currently awaiting the delayed results of the presidential elections and there has been widespread violence forcing people to flee their homes.

People are struggling

The Catenians have a long history of fundraising for good causes and I am delighted that they have chosen to support CAFOD's work in Zimbabwe as their centenary appeal

Chirs Bain, CAFODThe money raised will be channelled through CAFOD which, as a member of Caritas International, has been working in Zimbabwe for almost 30 years in partnership with mainly church-based organisations.

CAFOD director Chris Bain says: "The people of Zimbabwe are struggling every day to provide for their families and need our ongoing support.

"The Catenians have a long history of fundraising for good causes and I am delighted that they have chosen to support CAFOD's work in Zimbabwe as their centenary appeal."

The Catenian's Grand President Phil Gidman says that, while celebrating its centenary, the Association wanted to give others something to celebrate too.

He says: "The money will be raised through activities at local Circle level, and hopefully these events will involve the wider parish communities as well.

"The appeal proceeds will be specifically earmarked for identified projects."

It is not only drinking water that is vital for the people of Zimbabwe, but also water to irrigate their crops. With inflation running at 100,000%, salaries and savings have become worthless and so people are increasingly relying on growing their own crops to feed their families.

In recent years rainfall has become less reliable and so water retention systems such as dams are important to provide a constant source of irrigation during the growing season.

The money will help repair or provide wells, dams and boreholes in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.

For more information on the appeal please contact the Catenian Association Grand Secretary Jim Quinn, on 0247 622 4533

For more information on CAFOD's work in Zimbabwe please contact Fiona Callister on 020 7095 5558 or 07867 908720 or fcallister@cafod.org.uk