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AO1) Describe and explain the work of CAFOD

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AO1) Describe and explain the work of CAFOD CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. It is a British charity who works for equality and to help people in poverty. CAFOD was established in 1962 from the Freedom from Hunger campaign by the English and Welsh Catholic Bishops. Although it has full-time staff, CAFOD has no members. The idea is that CAFOD enables the Catholic Church to live out one part of its faith. So, every Catholic in England and Wales is a part of CAFOD, which uses parishes and schools to put its message across and to raise funds. 150 million young people don't have food today and it is CAFOD's mission to change facts like this. ...read more.

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The country was damaged by a war between the two main ethnic groups in the country, the Hutu group and the Tutsi minority. During this war in 1994, Hutu militias massacred 800,000 Tutsi civilians. This has caused many problems in the country. Many children have grown up looking after young siblings and they still do not know if their loved ones were killed or where they are buried. The genocide caused two million Hutus to flee the country in fear of Tutsi revenge. In Rwanda 70 per cent of the population live below the poverty line and so establishing a livelihood is hard. It is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. ...read more.

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CAFOD funds organisations that are Church-based or led by Catholics. CAFOD also works in partnership with organisations linked to the Buddhist and Islamic faith. CAFOD has a considerable number of Catholic staff, but also employs staff at most levels of the organisation who are not Catholic but who share CAFOD's ideals. As CAFOD are a Catholic charity they agree with the Bible and want to follow in Jesus footsteps. However this is not always easy. The spread of HIV/ AIDS can be stopped with the use of condoms, however the Church does not believe in contraceptives. As CAFOD is the official agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales it has to be respectful of Catholic teaching and beliefs, CAFOD does not fund the supply, distribution or promotion of condoms. ...read more.

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