About Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
We are GLOBAL NEIGHBOURS We believe that everyone in the world has the right to live their lives with dignity. That’s why we work through the local Catholic Church and other partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to fight poverty and injustice, wherever the need is greatest. We’re a member of Caritas International - a group of over 160 Catholic agencies from around the world - known as 'the helping hand of the Church’. Because we work through the local Church we can reach people and places that others can’t. Find out where we work We are ROOTED IN THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY We are the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Guided by the values of compassion, solidarity and hope, we are rooted in the Catholic community. Together, with the help of our volunteers, we put our faith into action to help our sisters and brothers living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture. Find out about our values We are HELPING PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES No one wants to live on handouts. Our priority is to equip people with skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities. Find out how to support our work We are FACING THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES Conflict. Climate change. Inequality. HIV and AIDS. Together, we tackle challenges head on every day, using our passion and expertise to bring about positive change. We are THERE IN A CRISIS We support local organisations who can act fast, providing food, water and shelter for people who have lost everything. And we’re there in the months and years that follow too, helping people rebuild their lives and prepare for whatever the future holds. Read our latest emergency updates Give regularly to our Emergency Response fund We are SPEAKING OUT FOR JUSTICE When international bodies and governments make decisions that damage poor communities, we must speak out. Campaigning works - it can take years of effort or be as simple as signing a petition. Cancelled debt, increased aid for water and sanitation, action on climate change and a clamp down on corruption have all come as a result of taking action together. Campaign with us We are LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Each year, tens of thousands of young people discover our work at school or in groups - from volunteers, teachers and classmates. We inspire young people to be the change they want to see in their communities and worldwide. Search our education resources Search our prayer resources We are TRUSTED The amount of money we receive and exactly how we spend it changes each year. But one thing stays the same - our commitment to spending it wisely. Out of every Â£1 we spend, 88p goes on vital emergency relief and development work in the world’s poorest communities, as well as education and lobbying work in the UK, with only 12p spent on raising more money so that our work can continue.