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Trocaire’s Lenten campaign this year takes inspiration from the prophet Amos who says: “Let justice flow like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (Amos 5:24). This Lent, we are called to join the river of justice and peace.

On this year’s Trócaire box we meet Malita and her 12-year-old twins Patricia and Patrick from the Machinga district in Malawi. Trócaire, with your support, has been working with partners in Malawi for the last forty-eight years.

Malita is the single mother of six children and her family’s story is unfortunately one that is typical in Malawi as they struggle every day with no direct access to clean water for the household. The effects of climate change have worsened this struggle, and their situation is even more precarious now, due to drought and extreme weather events. The impacts are serious. When violent storms bring too much water, their homes are damaged or destroyed and their crops are washed away, along with any nutrients in the soil. People go hungry. When there is too little water, the crops die and people go hungry. In the dry season, Malita and her daughters make an hour long trip on foot to collect water from a stream, carrying 20 litres of water back to the house in a bucket on their heads; sometimes Malita makes this trip 5 times per day to secure water for the household and crops. The dry season has become more prolonged in recent  years, and droughts are becoming more frequent as each year the rains fail to arrive.

Trocaire is aware that it is the most vulnerable people in our world who suffer the most from climate change and biodiversity loss. Trócaire, working with our  fantastic partners, supports local communities, particularly women like Malita in Malawi, to adapt their livelihoods to cope with the impact of climate change so that families like hers can continue to survive. Trócaire’s programmes create solutions to the water shortages, such as digging bore holes close to villages, helping communities rebuild after extreme weather events and supporting local farmers in sustainable agriculture practices. Your support gives courage, hope and strength to people like Malita, around the world who are facing poverty and injustice.

Your help is needed now more than ever, as “we know that things can change” (Laudato Si, 13) so please take a Trócaire box from the back of your Church or go online to Tró to see how you can donate. [You can scan the QR code on the side of your box

or scan the big box before you leave to donate easily online.

Without your support, Trocaire would not be able to do the work they do on your behalf, to create positive and lasting change for a more just world.

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