Inspiring Sister speaks of her work amongst Zambia’s poor

Sr. Yvonne Mwalula Mwila will be visiting Nottingham diocese in February and you’re welcome to come and meet her!

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Sr. Yvonne Mwalula Mwila

“Go to places that nobody wants to go. Go and save the poor and the vulnerable. Do what others don’t want to do – especially if it is for the poor and the most vulnerable. The moment you forget Christ and the poor, you cease to exist.”

Powerful words, spoken by Fr. Victor Braun, founder of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They have inspired his congregation ever since, none more so than Sister Yvonne Mwalula Mwila, Mother Superior of the Sisters in Mbala, northern Zambia. She devotes her time to some of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Zambia helping them to make a living as well as training them with new skills.

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Florence in front of her fish pond

She works with people like Florence, women looking to provide for their families. With CAFOD’s support, the sisters were able to teach Florence how to build a fish pond and stock it with a bucketful of tiny fish, no bigger than your thumb! With time to grow, the fish are large enough to sell to give Florence an income with which to buy school books and clothes for her children.

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Tilapia fish ready to be farmed

 

 

Sister Yvonne has a particular passion for people living with HIV and AIDS and she now works with the Households in Distress programme (HID) which aims to reduce impact of HIV/AIDS, working with poor and marginalised. The programme also supports young adults with special needs and vulnerable adults. Describing her work, she says “I feel so privileged to have been part of this service of love.”

We are delighted that Sr. Yvonne will be visiting our Nottingham Volunteer Centre on Saturday 18th February, between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Come and meet her to hear some inspiring stories about the work she is able to do with your support.

May Day Trek Registration Open

What is the Sheffield May Day Trek…

It is an annual sponsored walk to raise funds for either Christian Aid or the CAFOD, according to the choice you make when you register.

Since it began in 1966 it has raised many thousands of pounds to help some of the poorest communities in the world. The Sheffield May Day Trek, and the associated Sheffield Night Hike, together raise about £15,000 each year for Christian Aid and CAFOD. The money raised is used by both charites to support long term development projects.

In this time of global recession, the need for these funds is as great as ever and any money we raise will be highly valued.

Where is the Sheffield May Day Trek…

The walks start and finish at .

St. Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 4LQ.
Check-in from 9:30am, to start at 10:00am (for directions see St Luke’s Church)

There are 3 circular walks of 6, 11 and 16 miles into and through the Hallam moors to the west of Sheffield.

The 6-mile walk is family friendy for those with young children, though it is not suitable for buggies. This walk goes out and back along Redmires Conduit, and around Redmires reservoirs via Redmires Road along the north side and the Yorkshire Water concessionary path along the south side.

The 11-mile walk is suitable for those who want something longer, though probably unsuitable for very young children and the 16-mile walk is more challenging. The walk goes via the Mayfield Valley, Fox House, Longshaw, Grindleford to Hathersage. From there it climbs up to Stanage Edge, passes Redmires Reservoir and back to St. Luke’s Lodge Moor.

For more information & registration visit – www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk/ or Click here to view or download maps and walk guides.