We turn left in our taxi, away from the noisy, organised chaos of the main road. Along with our vehicle, motorbikes with entire families on the back squeak down the narrow street, brushing past school kids making their way home weighed down with backpacks. We pull up outside a tall gate, open just far enough for us to see a familiar smiling face; it is Loreto Sister Hoa, ‘House Mother’ and host for our visit.
For many years now, I have been passionate about finding ways to support people living in poverty in their efforts to improve their lives. So imagine my delight when an opportunity arose last December to visit three Loreto women, in a remote corner of Zambia, who are focussed on precisely the same goal.
Founder of the Loreto Sisters, Mary Ward, was a visionary woman born in England over 400 years ago. She believed that girls should be educated and women empowered. In an era when education was unavailable to girls, Mary Ward offered young women an opportunity to open their minds – encouraging them to seek truth and do justice.