Archbishop Reflects on CAFOD Visit to Kenya

28/09/2012 10:35 am

8 - 15 June 2012

Back in June 2012, Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, visited Kenya with the Church's agency for overseas aid and development, CAFOD.

Archbishop Smith was accompanied by CAFOD director Chris Bain as they experienced the contribution that CAFOD makes to a number of projects in the African country.

They visited Korogocho, one of the largest and most congested slums in Nairobi, with almost 200,000 people packed into less than a square mile. Education, health and sanitation are basic and there are few proper roads. Most residents lack affordable, clean water and have no electricity or regular source of income.

One project breaking through this cycle of poverty is the St John’s Sports Society. In partnership with CAFOD, its focus is on human formation and community work using sport to transform Korogocho. As well as running sports programmes, the society organises social activities such as cleaning the local area. Archbishop Peter visited St John’s and met Fr John Webootsa who introduced him to some of the young people who belong to the Sports Society.

In this CAFOD video, Archbishop Smith reflects on this visit to Kenya and explains how CAFOD's supporters in England and Wales have made a genuine difference to the people of Kenya.

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