Livison from Harare visits North Wales!

CAFOD Programme Officer, Livison Chipatiso is currently visiting lots of parishes and schools across the North West and North Wales as we prepare for this year’s Lent Family Fast Day.


Livison joined CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator for Wrexham Diocese, Colette Byrne, and CAFOD Education Volunteer, Vin Brennan for a visit to St Winefride’s in Holywell before the school finished for half term.Vin assembly2.JPG

All school children participated in an assembly, which taught them about children in Zimbabwe who are a similar age to themselves but may not receive the food they need to grow up to be healthy and strong.  Livison shared with them some information about schools in Zimbabwe.Livison and Colette visit St Winefride's Holywell2.JPG

The Year 6 class were lucky enough to spend more time with Livison, as they played a game called ‘Life without taps’, where they learned just how difficult it is for some people to be able to access water in poorer countries, as well as some of the obstacles people may come across.

The day was so enjoyable for all involved, CAFOD’s Colette, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed bring our visitor from Zimbabwe to see the children at St Winefride’s.  Its great working with them and they love learning about CAFOD’s work, and how their support through Lent activities, is helping other children, just like them.”

This year’s Family Fast Day is on Friday 23rd February 2018, find out how you can get involved!


Newtown community support Power to Be

Campaigners from the parish of God the Holy Spirit in Newtown have teamed up with children from the local school, St Mary’s Catholic primary, to play their part in ensuring that children from across the world have access to safe, renewable energy by taking part in our Power to Be campaign. 

After a visit from CAFOD North Wales’ local representative, Colette, parishioners from the local area played their part by signing our Power to Be action cards which are calling on the World Bank’s Melanie Robinson to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives across the world.

The school were so inspired that they have pledged to continue their support for CAFOD in the form of CAFOD group based at the school, where they will hold whole school assemblies which parishioners and parents will be invited to.

Debbie Luke, Eco Committee leader, said: “Our Eco Committee held a whole school assembly on the Power To Be campaign and then all pupils took part in writing different ways to help conserve energy. They enjoyed the experience and were keen to encourage parents to sign the petition.”

Children doing Power to be Sun

Colette Byrne, CAFOD’s local representative in North Wales, added: “We’re really pleased with how well the whole community has pulled together to support the Power to Be campaign.

“Thank you to everyone at both the parish and the school for their contributions, particularly the children’s wonderful sun ray display!

A huge thank you to all in the parish of God the Holy Spirit and to the staff and children at St Mary’s Catholic primary, Newtown for their brilliant support.

To support our Power to Be campaign in your parish, get in touch by emailing Colette at or calling Colette on 07779 804242.

Power to be sun and children

Anglesey children support Power to Be campaign

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

CAFOD North Wales recently had the pleasure of visiting St Joseph’s in Llangefni to speak at mass in the morning and, in the afternoon, spend a few hours with some young families and children aged from 3 – 13 to spread the word about our  Power to Be campaign.

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Throughout the course of the afternoon, the children learnt about Power to Be and after a school assembly, which encouraged them to think about their use of electricity, the children showed a great understanding of the topic.   After this, the children had chance to share their dreams and aspirations for the future by discussing what they wanted to be when they grew up, which was great to hear.

As you can see in the image above, they then completed a beautiful display through the Power to Be sun activity, with each ray containing a message to the World Bank.

Afterwards, the children had the chance to talk about Laudato Si’, and Pope Francis’ call for us to care for our common home, and how they were able to respond in their own schools and homes.

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative, said: “The children were brilliant, and really engaged with the activities.  It was a pleasure to visit St Joseph’s and we thank them all for their support with the Power to Be campaign.”

Pauline, who is from the parish and runs the family afternoon, added:

“We were delighted to welcome Colette from CAFOD back to Anglesey on Sunday for the Family Catechesis session.  It was great to have her with us and for the families to see CAFOD’s vital work.  The session was engaging and enjoyed by everyone.  We participated in the Power to be campaign producing our Power to be sun, and all churches on Anglesey are taking part in the card signing too, to show our support.”

Find out more about Power to Be. 

To organise a visit, please contact the CAFOD Wrexham office on 01978 355 084 or email