Show the love for our neighbours in Zambia
6 February 2017
Our global neighbours are being pushed deeper into poverty due to climate change. This February, come to a CAFOD event near you and find out how you can change lives for good.
Bearing witness to the changing climate
Imagine watching your crops shrivel under the hot sun. You worry when the rains will come. You know you need to irrigate your crops, but with limited access to electricity in your village, you can’t give them the water they need.
This is the reality facing many of the communities we work with around the world.
In Zambia, southern Africa, 70 per cent of the population depend on agriculture to earn a living. But people are struggling to grow crops due to climate change and a lack of access to sustainable energy.
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 at regional events in England and Wales ahead of Lent Fast Day.
Sowing seeds of hope
Sister Yvonne, who speaks in the film above, sees how the changing climate is affecting people’s everyday lives in Zambia.
“We normally have very good rainfall,” she says, “but in the past years it hasn’t been consistent. This has an effect on the crops. People used to grow beans three times a year, but it’s difficult to do this.”
Sister Yvonne is 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.
Come and hear Sister Yvonne
We are delighted to invite you to local Lent talks with Sister Yvonne, taking place from 11- 25 February 2017. Come to a local event near you or join our online session to find out more about how communities are tackling climate change. Please see a full list of dates below. We hope you see you there.