St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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CAFOD Lenten Fundraising

4 April 2017

The children enjoyed raising money to support the CAFOD appeal 'Turn Little Fish into Big Fish'.

This is Florence's story:

Florence and the Little Fish

Florence is 41 and lives in northern Zambia. When her husband died in a mining accident, she struggled to make a living.

Thanks to donations like yours, CAFOD's partner in the area, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, gave Florence tiny fish - the size of your thumb. They also taught her to build fish ponds and care for the growing fishes – providing a way for her to help herself and her family.

"I thought, 'I'm determined to do this,'" says Florence. "When I came back from the training, I wanted to help my neighbours as they had helped me in the past. I thought if they were empowered, they would benefit too."

The fish Florence started with were the size of your thumb. With her hard work, commitment and dedication, they grew to the size of your dinner plate.

She sold the fish and bought clothes and school books – a future for her children. From just a tiny start, she was about to do big things. "I can send my children to school now and I can feed my family. I urge you please continue supporting me."

The children brought in loose change to fill the outlines of the fish and raised £389.17. This generous donation will enable CAFOD to provide families with training and the resources they need from fish and pond building materials.