Friday, 7 October 2011

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Can Help The World's Most Vulnerable Children

Fear, Hunger, Survival – the stuff of childhood dreams?

Pan from Cambodia was 11 years old when he tested positive for HIV. Then his parents died within weeks of each other because of AIDS. Alone, ill and frightened, Pan was forced to leave school and sell rice on the streets to earn money. He didn’t know how to get life-saving medication and grew weaker. Maryknoll, a Catholic organisation funded by CAFOD, which offers medical care, nutritious food, school support and loving homes to children affected by HIV, stepped in to help.

Pan spent three weeks in hospital with daily visits from Maryknoll staff who then arranged for him to live with caring people in a safe, happy home. Pan started medication and was soon strong enough to return to school. Four years on, Pan’s life is transformed, “When I started lessons I was so happy! I felt like a normal boy, doing normal things. Every day I feel lucky.”

By giving a gift to CAFOD this Harvest Day - either by donating what you can afford in the envelope or by signing up to give a regular gift by direct debit - you can help the world’s poorest children get the care and support they desperately need. Help give them back the childhoods they deserve: free of pain, hunger and worry.

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