Our world today

Following on from my last blog post, Joanne from CAFOD gave us a sheet containing some rather shocking facts about the world we live in today. They highlight the issues that are going on around the world, and sadly most of us in the talk weren’t surprised that the world is in as much trouble as it is. I’ll post a few of the facts now, and let me know in the comments if they shocked you, or if you were already aware!

The facts seem much more real when they’re written down, and working for a charity like CAFOD means you can try to help fix these kinds of issues.

  1. Over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day
  2. 1 child is estimated to die every 3 seconds in developing countries because of poverty
  3. Out of 860 million illiterate adults in the world, 2/3 are women
  4. 4 out of 10 people in the world do not have access to basic sanitation (safe drinking water)
  5. Each person in Britain makes 10 times their own weight in rubbish each year

Seeing these facts really makes you stop and think, how can we have so much when people elsewhere have so little?

Our world today

Fancy working with a charity?

My second talk of E&E week was all about working for a charity, and what kind of person a charity requires. We had Joanne Taylor from CAFOD talk to us about her role in a charity organisation.

What is CAFOD?

  1. CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International.
  2. It was started in 1960 and their mission is to promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian faith and Gospel values

What do they do?

CAFOD believe that poverty can be overcome, but only by the following three ways:

  1. Long term development: food availability, increased farming methods, skills, better income, access to health care and education and also helping people get a better livelihood.
  2. Emergency relief: This requires helping those that have been effected by conflicts and disasters, and providing emergency assistance, food, shelter and medical care. Most recently CAFOD have been trying to help with the Ebola crisis. http://www.cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Ebola-outbreak-in-west-Africa
  3. Lobbying and campaigning: This involves trying to fix issues such as human right issues, and lack of human rights. Economic and social issues are also addressed but most importantly CAFOD strive to get everyone a decent wage. As some places work for as little $1 a day. (roughly 70p)

Want to work for CAFOD?

CAFOD have a lot of different areas that people can work in, below are just a few of the many available! There’s something for everyone.

  1. Finance
  2. Media
  3. Policy
  4. Fundraising
  5. Marketing

CAFOD needs people that have a professional understanding of development, and want to fix the world we live in. Working in a charity organisation requires certain characteristics, such like passion, vision, values and commitment.
“CAFODS vision mission for values”

Why work for CAFOD?

CAFOD are strongly inspired by the core values of the Catholic Church; compassion, hope, dignity and solidarity. These principles underpin everything they do and means that if you work for them then you’ll be doing something important, something that makes a difference in the world. CAFOD was also placed in the “top 5 charities to work in for women by Glamour Magazine in 2011”

Working for CAFOD means that your work will have a positive impact in the world, but it is also a diverse company so everyone is welcome – faith or no faith.

If you’re still interested in working for a charity, and want feel strongly about making a difference in the world or like the sound of CAFOD in particular then the following links will help!


Email: leeds@cafod.org.uk

Phone: 0113 2759302


Fancy working with a charity?