Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 7 March

Lead mother in Zimbabwe CAFOD Lent

Mavis teaches women how to care for their children in Zimbabwe

The one who keeps these commandments and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:17-19

In Zimbabwe one in four children under five years old is chronically malnourished. This means that for every family with four children, one child is ill because they don’t have enough food.

Mavis, 42, lives in a small village in Zimbabwe. A mother of three children herself, she was sad to see children go hungry.

“I saw children in my village who looked like skeletons with no flesh. It was painful to see children like that. At the same time, I felt shame. I didn’t know how to help those children and I felt powerless.”

But Mavis is far from powerless. Thanks to donations from people like you, we have been able to provide training for Mavis. Now this hard-working woman is helping other mums in her community.

“I love teaching people”

Mavis goes door-to-door to visit other mothers in her village, teaching them how to give nutritious food to their children. 

She says, “I give them the knowledge they need to care for their children. We are good friends and we understand each other.

“I love doing my job. I love teaching people. At the same time, I also learn things. I’ve learnt how to take care of children right after birth. I didn’t know this when I had my first child. I love the fact that I have also gained knowledge through teaching other women.”

Thanks to Mavis’ hard work, more children in her village are now growing healthy and strong. And through this dignified work, she is living out God’s commandment – to love her neighbour as herself.

Lent prayer

God of all creation, inspire us to follow you on the path of life. Help us, like Mavis, to open our eyes to injustice. Through your grace and the fruit of our work, may we transform our world. Amen.


Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Lent Appeal. Your support will help more mothers like Mavis to share their knowledge with their neighbours, so that babies and children get the best possible start in life. And if you donated between 13 February and 12 May, the UK Government will double your donation! 

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