It's not every day you meet the former president of Ireland. Nor is it every day you meet a girl who was on the front of the Trócaire box.
Mary Robinson recently visited the Malawian village of Kanyera to meet with local families and also met with Enestina Muyeye, who was formerly on the Trócaire box in 2014.
The former President of Ireland visited this village which has been affected by the impact of climate change. Trócaire is working here with local partner CADECOM trying to improve people's livelihoods. Mary Robinson was interested in particular to learn from women about their daily lives, and how Trócaire's project has improved their community.
The women highlighted four changes:
Many of the challenges that the village face have been caused by climate change and the changing and unpredictable weather patterns.
Speaking to the village, Mary Robinson said that "climate change is caused by man but the solution is with women’’. She also believes in working for climate justice and that means that people, like those living in Kanyera, should have what others in developed countries have.
As well as meeting with the women in the community, Mary Robinson also met 15 year old Enestina Muyeye.
Enestina is also from Kanyera, and she featured on the Trócaire 2014 Lenten box. She has just completed primary school. She is awaiting her results and hopes to be starting secondary school after the summer.
Enestina says she had a "great day" meeting Mary Robinson and she felt great to be getting attention from everyone.
When asked what her own dream is, Enestina responded: "I would like to be a teacher and my dream is to go to university". Her role model is her "head teacher in Kanyera Primary school".
When asked why she would want to be a teacher, Enestina has a practical answer: "I will be earning money at the end of the month" and adds that "I also like to impart knowledge to others".
Enestina is very grateful to all who donated to the Trócaire box and supported development in her village, and for other children like her in Malawi.
She has the following message to children in Ireland:
"Some things are better now, but there are still a lot more challenges in my village. This year we did not receive good rains and we did not have enough harvest".
"Thank you for your support and caring. Please like us you should work hard in school and can you continue supporting us?"
Through our local partners, Trócaire will continue to support the people in the community of Kanyeru, and others like them in Malawi.