Parishioners in North Wales share Brazilian families’ joy after campaign success

Thanks to the support of parishioners from across the Diocese of Wrexham who were amongst the 4,000 people to support a CAFOD petition, over 1,000 people in São Paulo will spend this Christmas safe in the knowledge that they no longer face eviction from their home.

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#FicaMauá – Let them stay

In September 2017, CAFOD launched a campaign to halt the eviction of around 1,000 people living in the abandoned hotel in the centre of São Paulo, Brazil.

The Mauá Building in the centre of São Paulo stood empty for 17 years until 2007, when 237 working families moved in.  They lovingly renovated the building and for the last ten years have called it home.  The building has been home to a thriving community, providing a social use and revitalising an otherwise derelict area in the city centre.

Ever since they moved in, the families have been trying to win the legal rights to their home, which Brazilian law allows, asking that the authorities acquire the building and convert it into social housing for low-income families.

In a landmark case, after ongoing campaigning by the families, public authorities have agreed to purchase the building for around £4.6 million (20 million reais), allowing for it to be converted into social housing.

Your actions helped to bring about change

It is thanks to your support that the fear and uncertainty of losing their homes is no longer a reality for the families living in the Mauá community.

Neti de Araújo’s, a leader in the Mauá community, said:  “I want to thank each and every one of you for your support. I am very happy knowing there are people like you, our friends and companions.

“After so much struggle and sacrifice, ten years of ups and downs, it is finally feasible; we have persuaded the owners of the need for families to live here. The struggle will continue! Thank you!”

CAFOD representative in Wrexham, Colette Byrne, added: “The way that parishioners from Wrexham have rallied together to prevent this injustice, where over 1,000 people were threatened with being left on the streets this Christmas, has been astounding.

“We are so thankful that so many people in the diocese have acted: spreading the word, signing the petition and even standing in solidarity with the community by photographing themselves with a #ficamaua sign.

“Your prayers and messages of solidarity have given the families strength and hope at this difficult time.”

The fight continues

CAFOD will continue to support stand in solidarity and pray for the families in their struggle for a safe and permanent home.

Find out more about how you can directly support families in Brazil

 

CAFOD North Wales Memorial Mass

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This November, the month of remembrance, CAFOD are once again holding Memorial Masses across the country to remember our friends who have been at the heart of our work, but are no longer with us.

Our Mass in North Wales is being held on Saturday 11 November at 12pm at Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1RB

Everybody is welcome to join us on the day, where there will be a Book of Remembrance to honour the people we have lost this year.

These Masses are our opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made. Without them we would not be able to reach those most in need.

Add your loved ones name to the Book of Remembrance.

 

 

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?

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  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.

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  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?

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St Joseph’s wonderful Power to Be sun

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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.