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Caritas England and Wales



Caritas England and Wales – CAFOD

As the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, CAFOD was born when volunteer members of the National Board of Catholic Women organised the first Family Fast Day on Friday, March 11, 1960 to raise money to help a mother and baby health centre in the Caribbean. Two years later, CAFOD was officially registered and for nearly 50 years the international aid agency continues to carry on the tradition of helping those in need by providing practical help to end poverty and injustice, development and emergency relief, and advocacy work to draw attention to social issues in more than 30 countries in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

Working with hundreds of local partners, CAFOD supports projects and programmes all over the world. 78 percent of CAFOD’s programmes focuses on international emergency and development work while 11 percent is used for education, advocacy and campaigning to tackle the global causes of poverty. Capacity-building programmes have ensured vulnerable communities have the resources to survive, minimise and recover from emergencies and environmental threats and increased access to clean water, education, and healthcare.

Domestically, CAFOD’s key focus areas are to raise awareness with the local Catholic Church of England & Wales to end injustice and poverty and advocacy and lobbying work to create a powerful voice for change and justice.

With its main office in London, England, CAFOD employs 290 staff in the UK and an additional 70 personnel overseas. Internationally, they have offices in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Sudan, Rwanda, and Nicaragua and a staff based with partners in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka to further enable CAFOD to respond within the first hours immediately following a disaster.

CAFOD is an agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and represents England & Wales in the global Caritas network. They work closely with the 170 international Catholic aid agencies around the world and often engage in partnerships to spearhead emergency and developmental programmes, such as partnering with Caritas Bangladesh to help communities set up early warning systems to reduce the damage caused by natural disasters.

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Mr. Chris Bain

Romero House
55 Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7JB

Telephone: +44 20 7733 7900
Fax: +44 20 7274 9630


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