A Zambian religious sister travelled 7,500 miles to deliver two inspiring talks in Middlesbrough about working alongside aid agency CAFOD.
Sister Yvonne Mwalula Mwila spoke at St Mary’s Cathedral in Middlesbrough on Thursday February 16 in front of around 40 CAFOD supporters.
Sister Yvonne then addressed 25 CAFOD volunteers the following day at the Curial Offices in Linthorpe.
She said: “I started questioning why children were not going to school. Working with CAFOD we were able to build a school for communities.
“We have opened a small centre in Mbala where children with special needs are brought. We teach them skills and give their parents a break.”
CAFOD’s work in Zambia also includes raising awareness about living with HIV/AIDS, which more than one in ten people suffer from in the country.
Sister Yvonne said: “Another challenge we have is children born HIV positive. Imagine the stigma attached and the trauma they go through.”
This Lent, CAFOD is working with communities in Zambia, which has a population of 15 million.
It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. This means that many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.
CAFOD’s representative in Middlesbrough, Carol Cross, who organised the two events, said: “It was wonderful for so many of our volunteers and supporters to hear a first-hand account of how their donations are being used to transform the lives of some of the poorest people in Zambia.”