The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor: sustainable livelihoods in Zambia

Sister Yvonne Mwalula Mwila, our partner from the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, is helping communities in Zambia to transform their lives. We are pleased to announce Sister Yvonne will be speaking in Walthamstow and other regional events in England and Wales ahead of Lent Fast Day.

Sister Yvonne writes: “I am a Religious Sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary which I entered in 1997. _mgl9326

The Founder of our Congregation asked us to serve the poor of the poorest in our society. “To go where no one wants to go and do what nobody wants to do. Because for you dear sisters there are only two things that matters, Jesus Christ and the poor, the moment you forget this, you should cease to exist” we do try to accomplish this calling in our Programme in Mbala”.

In the light of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, the Sacred Heart Sisters committed themselves to respond to urgent needs. It was with this situation in mind, that the Sisters established the Households In Distress (HID) Programme in 1991 which contributes to the reduction of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the infected and most affected families in communities through quality care and support and livelihoods initiatives.

The HID Programme carries out its various interventions in Mbala district through the provision of information, education and commuication; home based care; livelihoods/village orphan support groups and orphans and education for  vulnerable children.

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Sister Yvonne is also working alongside farmers to help them grow drought-resistant crops, so they can stand up again on their own two feet. The communities she supports are gradually lifting themselves out of poverty and sending their children to school. Our neighbours are also protecting the planet by installing solar panels on their homes.

 

Sr Yvonne will be speaking about our work at Our Lady & St George parish hall in Walthamstow on Wednesday 22 February at 7.30pm. The full address is Our Lady & St George Catholic Parish, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, E17 9HU. The talk will be preceded by an opportunity to participate in a beautiful Lampedusa Cross lent-2017-photo‘pilgrimage’ and liturgy in the church. ALL ARE WELCOME. If you would like to attend Sr Yvonne’s talk, please register or contact us at brentwood@cafod.org.uk or call 01277 218730

If you are unable to join us for her talk in Walthamstow, Sr Yvonne will be talking online
the following day. Join us online on Thursday, 23 February from 1pm to 2pm to listen to Sr Yvonne’s talk.

 

EVENT: Saturday 11 July – Rebuilding Justice with Fr Edwin Gariguez (Caritas Philippines)

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All are welcome to join us to hear from CAFOD’s partner, Fr Edwin Gariguez (Fr Edu).

Fr Edu is the Executive Secretary of NASSA (Caritas Philippines) and will speak about his work and the challenges faced in The Philippines due to Climate Change.

Date: Saturday 11 July 2015
Time: 11am – 4pm (tea and coffee from 10.30am)
Venue: Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JB

There will also be presentations and workshops, followed by an optional Mass with Fr Edu. Please bring food for a shared lunch.

If you would like any further information or want to book a place please contact the CAFOD Brentwood Office by phone 020 8502 9722 or email brentwood@cafod.org.uk

To help us plan please book your place by Monday 6 July.

Fr Edu on a visit to Tooting

Fr Edu on a visit to Tooting

Step into the Gap Zimbabwe – Lizzie & Leila

Follow Leila on her Step into the Gap Zimbabwe journey

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Lizzie is working as a chaplain at Newman University and Leila is a volunteer at the Good Shepherd in Nelson, respectively. They are both visiting Zimbabwe as part of CAFOD‘s Step into the Gap programme.

We’ve spent the past week in the west of Zimbabwe, in a place called Binga. And what a week it’s been. We’ve visited so many great projects and met so many inspirational communities, it’s hard to know where to begin. So here are just a couple of highlights from our week.

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Lizzie says:

For me, Binga has been an extremely memorable and moving experience. In Siamtelele village, Moyo Mthatshelwa, a 49-year-old farmer, warmly welcomed us with a traditional lunch of sadza, goat’s intestines, spinach, groundnut maize, sour milk and crumbled bread, all produced off their farm. I was touched by the generosity of his family. Moyo explained…

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