Intrepid adventure for chaplains

Kieron Ainsworth and Bernadette Goddard, in white shirts, with fellow CAFOD volunteers

Kieron Ainsworth and Bernadette Goddard, in white shirts, with fellow CAFOD volunteers

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Two school chaplains are preparing to travel thousands of miles to work for an aid agency.

Kieron Ainsworth, 20, will travel to Zimbabwe, and Bernadette Goddard, 25, will go to Nicaragua for a month, where they will visit communities which are supported by Catholic aid agency CAFOD.

The pair are chaplains at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool.

Kieron said: “This trip shall be one which will change my life in many ways, through experiencing the work of CAFOD to going on a journey of self-discovery. It is going to be an experience I will never forget.”

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

CAFOD has worked with partners in Zimbabwe for more than 30 years.

The charity supports people living with HIV and AIDS, builds and repairs water facilities, and provides vulnerable families with farming skills and tools.

It has worked in Nicaragua since 1971 on programmes to improve housing and water, and support for vulnerable women and girls.

Rosa Trelfa, CAFOD manager in Blackpool, said: “It’s great that Kieron 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 and Zimbabwe through volunteering with CAFOD.”