On Saturday February 3, Colombian partners of the international development charity CAFOD came together with over 20 volunteers and CAFOD supporters at the Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge.
Colombian Father Sterlin Londoo, community worker Bernardino Mosquera and translator Ulrike Beck spoke to parishioners about the support needed and the importance of CAFOD's Family Fast Day appeal.
They explained to the volunteers the situation on the ground in Choc£, Colombia and what the local Catholic diocese is doing to help.
Parish Volunteer, Frances Massey, said: "To realise just how much the work of CAFOD is valued by the people who receive the monies is very powerful."
Across the country CAFOD volunteers and supporters are preparing for Family Fast Day on Friday February 23.
Money raised from the appeal will used be by CAFOD's partners around the world to help communities living in poverty. This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training to facilitating the livelihood development of vulnerable communities.
The funds raised by CAFOD's Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.
In an added boost, all donations to CAFOD's Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until May 12 ' meaning every donation will make double the difference.
CAFOD's representative in East Anglia, Jane Crone said: "The Lent appeal is such a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount to help others."
Donate to the Lent Appeal at cafod.org.uk/lent
Pictured above are Fr Sterlin Londoo (left) and Bernardino Mosquera.