Four Ways to Get Involved with the Power to Be campaign in Your Parish

Every child has the power to achieve great things, yet without access to electricity, the world’s children are being held back from living life to the full. Renewable energy gives children the power to break free from poverty. By supporting our Power to Be campaign, you and your parish can change lives for good.

Here are four ways to launch Power to Be in your parish:

1. Sign cards in your community

Order campaign action cards for everyone in your parish and get people to sign and send them to Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to ask her to support renewable energy to tackle poverty, so that everyone can fulfil their God-given potential.

St Joseph’s Penketh in the Liverpool Archdiocese managed to get a fantastic 253 postcards signed and sent to CAFOD. Could you do the same?



  1. Organise a Power to Be liturgy

Invite your parish or school to pray together with our Power to Be liturgy. You can even involve the children with our new children’s liturgy resource.

  1. Spread the Word

Use our short talk and our prayers of intercession to get the word out in your parish. You can look at our organiser’s guide for more ideas.

Parishioners from The Mission on Anglesey, Anglesey particapated in their own Power to Be card signing back in June.


  1. Get creative

Create an eye-catching Power to Be sun display; perfect for children and adults alike!

St Joseph’s Primary, Llangefni and God the Holy Spirit Primary, Newtown set great examples earlier in the year, with their suns display which had promises to save energy, prayers for change and messages to the World Bank on its rays. Can you do something similar?

Children from St Joseph's Anglesey Power to Be

St Joseph’s wonderful Power to Be sun


God the Holy Spirit’s great Power to Be sun

We have already had some fantastic responses to our campaign, but there is still time for you to get involved and make a difference. Colette Byrne said “This is a campaign with a real focus – we really can make a difference in practical ways and it is so simple!”

Find out more here.


14 year old Shea’s concert for CAFOD

A local Ruabon teenager has taken on the mammoth task of arranging and performing at a concert for his local community, raising over £800 for the overseas development charity CAFOD and its East Africa Appeal.

Fourteen year old Shea was supported by individuals and groups from the local community, including Llangollen Operatic Society and Stage 2 Stage choir, for the concert.  

The evening, held at All Saints Church in Pen Y Lan, Ruabon, featured a number of songs from musicals with performances from Shea, his family and friends.

Shea, who studies drama and music at his school, said: “I chose to do the concert for CAFOD and the East Africa Appeal because in school we were told about it and asked to raise as much money as we could for the cause. We learnt that £25 can save a life and so I thought about how I could help and save many lives.

“Every day I think about people who don’t have the things that I take for granted, the people who have to walk for hours and hours just to get water that is dirty, the people who don’t get to reach adulthood! This really made me feel upset and made me want to do something about it, so that’s where the idea of the concert came from.

Shea performing at the concert

“I would like to thank everyone in the community who helped one way or another to make the concert what it was… I really appreciate it.”

Shea’s mum, Sharon, said: “We are really proud of him!  He came home one day and said he was going to arrange a concert for the East Africa Appeal and it all took off from there. He had lots of support from everyone involved, including the parish and the Diocese of St Asaph.  We’re delighted with the amount of money he raised.”

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative in North Wales, added: “Organising such a successful event is such a brilliant achievement from Shea.  We are so grateful that he and the choirs chose to raise money for CAFOD and the East Africa Appeal.

“What a great example he is to teenagers across North Wales!”

Find out more about the East Africa Appeal

Help Support The Maua Community in Brazil #ficamaua

CAFOD and the Maua community

CAFOD’s Connect2 project in Brazil focuses on the communities in Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of these is the Maua community which resides in the Maua building in the centre of Sao Paulo. The building was originally a hotel, but was left empty for 17 years until over 200 homeless families renovated it and moved in in 2007. Since then, they have been desperately trying to win their legal rights to live there and have recently been engaging in negotiations with the authorities. The situation has now become urgent as a shock eviction notice has been given to the community, meaning that over 200 families now face being forced out of their homes by police on 22nd October 2017.

Colette supporting the #ficamaua campaign

CAFOD’s partner in Brazil APOIO is currently working with the Maua community to try and defend their right to secure housing, however there is no further legal option to save the community. This means that the only option left to them is for the international Catholic community to put pressure on the authorities to stop the eviction.

Neti de Araujo, a community leader within the Maua community who has met with CAFOD supporters in the past has said: “We in the Maua community have spent 10 years living in this building which we have cleaned, looked after and made into a home for 237 families. For years we have been negotiating for the acquisition of this building for social housing with an affordable rent. Now we are at risk of an eviction. We have not been offered an alternative. We will have to leave our homes and live in the street. I am counting on you and your prayers”

What can you do to help?

Staff and volunteers in North Wales have been showing their solidarity with the Maua community. Colette said “We are upset to learn that local authorities are trying to evict people who have worked so hard to improve their accommodation, especially when it is so desperately needed and when it is such a fantastic community. We have been involved with the Maua community for over 10 years and we urge the authorities to reconsider this decision.”

Can you sign the petition asking the Brazilian authorities to suspend the eviction and to negotiate a just, permanent solution for the families? Can you print off the petition and ask people in your parish or community to add their signatures? Will you show solidarity with the Maua community by taking a picture of yourself holding a sign saying #ficamaua to share with us on social media?


Volunteers in North Wales supporting the #Ficamaua campaign

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