Dig deep this Lent

mohammedThis Lent we’re exploring southern Sierra Leone, and especially a place called Kenema. Here we take a few moments to look at the materials that share the wonderful story about the transformation of former diamond mine. The country’s riches should have brought prosperity, but they brought conflict.

Where there were diamonds used to fuel the conflict – purchasing weapons – we are helping them to turn the land into fertile ground to feed the whole community.

Here we meet a young boy called Mohammed who is working hard to feed his family through Sierra Leone’s annual ‘hungry season’, when nothing grows.

Lent2014 - Mohammed Farming (A4 small)They are at the mercy of an unpredictable climate and during the four months of the hungry season – between the planting and harvesting of crops – things are really difficult.

Digging the fields is tough work, but now the family has enough food to eat because of parishioners like you, who support our work every Fast Day. We are helping people like Mohammed and his family reclaim and cultivate from some excellent farming land.

When he was eleven, Mohammed’s family struggled to grow food. Not only did they not have enough to eat, they couldn’t afford to send Mohammed to school.

At 14, it’s Mohammed’s dream to go to school. That’s our dream too. Please help us realise this simple dream for countless children around the world.

Dig deep this Lent: please donate to CAFOD’s vital work.

With your help we can ensure more young people like Mohammed flourish and achieve their dreams. You’ll find everything you need to talk about our Lent appeal in your parish, and raise vital funds for children and young people like Mohammed.

Dig Deep Event

Do you have space around your church to create a small garden-allotment? Why not create a small vegetable patch, growing food you can eat – perhaps in an Emmaus Meal?

Children at St Laurence Primary school have been turning an overgrown patch of their school grounds into an allotment and we joined them as they sowed their first vegetables.

If you don’t have space for a garden, why not try planning seeds in unusual places?

Join us on 14 March for Lent Fast Day.

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Explore our resources

1. First Sunday of Lent (Year A) illustration (1 MB) Download file

An optional black and white illustration for the children to colour in. This goes with the Fast Day children’s liturgy resource for Sunday 9 March 2014

2. First Sunday of Lent (Year A) (483 kB) Download file

A children’s liturgy resource for Sunday 9 March 2014 in support of Lent Fast Day.

3. Digging deep into the roots of our faith (111 kB) Download file

A Lent reflection on the Eucharist, including questions for group discussion or personal meditation.

4. Lent 2014 Fast Day Online toolkit (549 kB) Download file

Our quick and simple Lent Fast Day toolkit has everything you need for a successful Fast Day, including checklists, prayers of intercession, and a Fast Day prayer.

Lent2014 Parish Poster5. Lent 2014 Fast Day Parish poster (1 MB) Download file

Display this poster in you church or parish community during Lent 2014, to encourage people to take part in Fast Day

6. PowerPoint reflection on food (3 MB) Download file

Use this PowerPoint to form the basis of your opening reflection during your Emmaus meal, or to use alone and with others to reflect.

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