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Two CAFOD gap year volunteers from the Diocese of Hallam have travelled 5,000 miles away for a visit to Central America.

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Stephanie Beech (left) and Bernadette Goddard from the Diocese of Hallam with the CAFOD ‘One Climate, One World’ campaign banner

Stephanie Beech (22), from Sheffield, and Bernadette Goddard (25), from Barnsley, travelled to Nicaragua in Central America for a month on 21 January, where they will visit communities which are supported by CAFOD.  The chaplains are currently undertaking a gap year with the Catholic aid agency.

The group of CAFOD gap year volunteers who are visiting Nicaragua

The group of CAFOD gap year volunteers who are visiting Nicaragua

Stephanie, who ran in the Great North Run for CAFOD in September, said, “I am really excited to be able to visit the projects in Nicaragua to see how our money is being used and to meet the communities CAFOD are working in, as well as getting to know a new country and culture.

“I’m looking forward to gain first-hand experience of people’s day-to-day lives in Nicaragua.  We hope that we’ll be able to bring home lots stories to raise the profile of the communities CAFOD is working with.”

Bernadette said, “I have always wanted to travel, so to see how CAFOD work in Nicaragua is an amazing opportunity as it is a charity I have supported for around seven years.”

CAFOD has worked with partners in Nicaragua since 1971.  The charity supports people living in poverty with programmes to improve housing and water, sustainable farming, and support for women and girls vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

Angela Powell, CAFOD manager in the Diocese of Hallam, commented, “Lots of young people dream of seeing the world, but it’s great that Stephanie and Bernadette will be able to learn so much at first-hand about communities so far away and continue to support the people they meet in Nicaragua through volunteering with CAFOD.  We wish them the very best for their trip.”