About Us

Caritas Kampala (CK) is the social services and economic development Department of the Catholic Church in Kampala Archdiocese that was started in 1973 as the Socio-Economic Department but became fully established in 1986 as the arm mandated to carry socio-pastoral activities within the administrative districts of: Mpigi, Kampala and Wakiso with an area of 3,644.75 square kilometers and an estimated population of 6,077,716 people spread across the 60 Ecclesiastical functioning Parishes. Our people are mainly peasant farmers who grow crops on a subsistence level and a few of them carry out petty trade. Caritas derives inspiration from sacred scripture and the social teaching of the Catholic Church which upholds integral and sustainable development, preferential option for the poor, respect for human dignity through mutual understanding, love, solidarity, justice and peace.

The main functions of Caritas are animation (training with the purpose creating awareness & participation towards better livelihood) and coordination (harmonizing people in teams, groups, associations & cooperatives that are vital in the proper sharing and improvement of the available resources).

Under Caritas Kampala we have the following specific Departments:

  • Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAP)
  • Central Archdiocesan Province Caritas Association (CAPCA)
  • Cooperatives
  • Charities
  • Women in Development
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Climate Change

The success of CARITAS KAMPALA is primarily judged on how well it pursues its Vision, Mission, Core Business/work, Values, methods of work, strategic objectives and activities in relation to its mandate.

VISION

A self sustaining Family of God founded on love, solidarity and reconciliation.

MISSION

To progressively develop a holistic, integrated and self sustaining Family of God, Spiritually, socially through building a civilization of love, solidarity and Reconciliation.

WORK

is to conduct economic, medical, political and social support Services to the people of Kampala Archdiocese.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

CARITAS KAMPALA’s philosophy is driven by the following core values namely; Integrity, Accountability, Client Focus, Sustainability and Team work.

STRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL

ARITAS KAMPALA has sixty four employees both male and female. It does its recruitment depending on the need available and following Caritas values, principles and policies.

SANCTIFYING OFFICE COMMISSION CARITAS KAMPALA (ORGANISATION STRUCTURE)

METHODS OF WORK:

The methods of work utilized for promoting development are based on community participation in setting their development targets and their full involvement in the development process.

Thus CK has established a wealth of experience in the use of participatory development methodologies in: identifying, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluating of community based development programs.

INTRODUCTION (MAIN FEATURES)

CARITAS Kampala’s report covering the period 2004 to 2010 acknowledges and consolidates on the ongoing departments and programs under the Social Commission for Social Services and Development that was named “Caritas” by the Uganda Episcopal Conference in June 1999 although it still maintained its sub- heading of “Social Services and Economic Development Department”

By 2004, some programs had been designed based on the Needs Assessment that had been conducted in 1986, to empower the communities so as to reduce the dependency syndrome mentality that had resulted from the Relief services (a large food & clothing distribution program) offered by the Development Department during the period 1980-1986.

In 2004 the ongoing community development programs and departments aimed at promoting the reconstruction process of the people during the aftermath of the bush war by sensitizing and building capacity among the people towards self reliance. By then we had: Sustainable Agriculture Programme(SAP),KATUKA Agricultural Programme,Women In Development/Women Desk/Gender In Development, Cooperative Department, Family Life Education and Reproductive Programme,Health Department, Cardinal Nsubuga Leadership Training Center(Canlet),Justice and Peace Department, Charities/Good Samaritan Department(including the Relief Desk), Upland Rice Growing Project,Namanve–Bukasa Eucalyptus Forest,Kyankwanzi Farm, Demonstration Plot, Diocesan Advisory  Committee on Centenary Bank and its Liaison Office in 2005.

Such programs have been implemented in phases up to 2010 but some have been closed due to the ever diminishing donor support even long before the current global economic meltdown.

Currently, Caritas Kampala’s initiatives mostly deal with: community development, good governance and civil society enhancement, orphans and vulnerable children, support to marginalized groups, and women’s empowerment. We stand in solidarity with poor and marginalized people, and support their efforts to take control of their own lives and fulfill their rights, responsibilities and aspirations. We ensure that key participants and organizations representing affected people are partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

CK is active in three districts (Mpigi, Wakiso& Kampala) where it has implemented two major constantly running Agriculture development programs plus several micro-projects mainly funded through its partners in: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, Ireland, Canada and USA, but there is significant local funding from the Embassies within Uganda and the beneficiaries themselves. We have worked with others to maximize the impact of our programs, building alliances and partnerships with those who offer complementary approaches, and are able to adopt effective programming approaches on a larger scale in order to reduce poverty through policy change and enforcement.

Our interventions have contributed to noteworthy progress in Kampala Archdiocese over the last six years. We have, however, come to realize that significant sustainable development will not be accomplished without addressing the underlying causes and constraints that keep our people in poverty and that lead to social injustice and disease.

We are also increasingly aware of our place and our role in the wider global context, with issues of: Research, lobbying & advocacy, commercialized agriculture, value addition, marketing, development assistance that critically influence our thinking and the way we work.

The current Pastoral strategic plan 2009-2014 seeks to implement the 2006 Synodal Resolutions for grass root Evangelization by drawing up poverty eradication programs meant to empower the poor to become agents of their own development/able to support their families, church’s activities and structures.

SANCTIFYING OFFICE COMMISSION CARITAS KAMPALA (ORGANISATION STRUCTURE)

METHODS OF WORK:

The methods of work utilized for promoting development are based on community participation in setting their development targets and their full involvement in the development process.

Thus CK has established a wealth of experience in the use of participatory development methodologies in: identifying, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluating of community based development programs.

INTRODUCTION (MAIN FEATURES)

CARITAS Kampala’s report covering the period 2004 to 2010 acknowledges and consolidates on the ongoing departments and programs under the Social Commission for Social Services and Development that was named “Caritas” by the Uganda Episcopal Conference in June 1999 although it still maintained its sub- heading of “Social Services and Economic Development Department”

By 2004, some programs had been designed based on the Needs Assessment that had been conducted in 1986, to empower the communities so as to reduce the dependency syndrome mentality that had resulted from the Relief services (a large food & clothing distribution program) offered by the Development Department during the period 1980-1986.

In 2004 the ongoing community development programs and departments aimed at promoting the reconstruction process of the people during the aftermath of the bush war by sensitizing and building capacity among the people towards self reliance. By then we had: Sustainable Agriculture Programme(SAP),KATUKA Agricultural Programme,Women In Development/Women Desk/Gender In Development, Cooperative Department, Family Life Education and Reproductive Programme,Health Department, Cardinal Nsubuga Leadership Training Center(Canlet),Justice and Peace Department, Charities/Good Samaritan Department(including the Relief Desk), Upland Rice Growing Project,Namanve–Bukasa Eucalyptus Forest,Kyankwanzi Farm, Demonstration Plot, Diocesan Advisory  Committee on Centenary Bank and its Liaison Office in 2005.

Such programs have been implemented in phases up to 2010 but some have been closed due to the ever diminishing donor support even long before the current global economic meltdown.

Currently, Caritas Kampala’s initiatives mostly deal with: community development, good governance and civil society enhancement, orphans and vulnerable children, support to marginalized groups, and women’s empowerment. We stand in solidarity with poor and marginalized people, and support their efforts to take control of their own lives and fulfill their rights, responsibilities and aspirations. We ensure that key participants and organizations representing affected people are partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

CK is active in three districts (Mpigi, Wakiso& Kampala) where it has implemented two major constantly running Agriculture development programs plus several micro-projects mainly funded through its partners in: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, Ireland, Canada and USA, but there is significant local funding from the Embassies within Uganda and the beneficiaries themselves. We have worked with others to maximize the impact of our programs, building alliances and partnerships with those who offer complementary approaches, and are able to adopt effective programming approaches on a larger scale in order to reduce poverty through policy change and enforcement.

Our interventions have contributed to noteworthy progress in Kampala Archdiocese over the last six years. We have, however, come to realize that significant sustainable development will not be accomplished without addressing the underlying causes and constraints that keep our people in poverty and that lead to social injustice and disease.

We are also increasingly aware of our place and our role in the wider global context, with issues of: Research, lobbying & advocacy, commercialized agriculture, value addition, marketing, development assistance that critically influence our thinking and the way we work.

The current Pastoral strategic plan 2009-2014 seeks to implement the 2006 Synodal Resolutions for grass root Evangelization by drawing up poverty eradication programs meant to empower the poor to become agents of their own development/able to support their families, church’s activities and structures.

1. EMPHASIS

In Caritas Kampala’s development work over the reporting period (7th Oct 2004- 27th Sept 2010), emphasis has been put on:

  • The use of the Social Teaching of the Church in development activities
  • Promotion of Integral Human development
  • Strengthening ownership and sustainability of development initiatives
  • Addressing: poverty & hunger/food insecurity through Poverty alleviation programs on agriculture production and productivity; illiteracy, child mortality, poor maternal health, HIV/AIDS, malaria & other killer diseases, Insurgencies & Regional instability, Globalization .
  • Promote economic development in homes
  • Combating National weaknesses( tribalism, nepotism, corruption, regional inequalities, environmental degradation, gender inequalities & poor communication network)
  • Lobbying and advocacy against Undemocratic tendencies and bad governance.
  • Participation in relief, peace, reconciliation and rehabilitation efforts ;
  • More effective governance, the law and justice sector, and accountability issues;
  • Faithfulness to the mandate/mission based on the imitation of Christ and his deeds, to promote life to the full and to heal.
  • Reviving the saving and Credit Cooperative spirit among our people as the most sustainable and democratic approach to C.K’s development work.
  • Centenary Bank’s Mission of promoting rural development and publicity of bank products.

2. GOAL(S)

PRIMARY GOAL OF CARITAS:

To be the focal point for awareness, solidarity, sharing and extension services.

SECONDARY GOALS:

  • To contribute to the alleviation of poverty among subsistence farmers by improving their food production.
  • Promoting sustainable agricultural production and marketing for increased incomes at household level while ensuring and safeguarding food security levels in the Districts of Wakiso and Mpigi.
  • To improve the health status of the people of Kampala, Wakiso and Mpigi districts.
  • To uplift the women’s socio-economic standards of living within Kampala Archdiocese.
  • To promote Cooperation in development from the grassroots.

3. CARITAS UGANDA & CARITAS KAMPALA

CARITAS UGANDA (CU) is the National/ overall coordinating body for 19 Caritas Organizations named after their respective dioceses that link to Caritas Internationalis in Rome. At the National level, CU organizes: animation, coordination, representation and information under the wise guidance of the CU President, Archbishop Dr.CyprianKizitoLwanga, the Board and Staff. Every year a National Caritas Commission meets at least once to: review its operations, plan for the next year, induct new members and handle ardent situational issues. Besides, Caritas Kampala has played an active role in most of the tasks assigned to her by CU towards the implementation of the CU Strategic Plan 2004-2009.

Hence, Caritas is the social –pastoral arm of the Catholic Church in Uganda. Through CARITAS the Church aims at creating a more just society by working with all people of different categories who share Caritas vision of spreading charity, social justice and integrated development. Furthermore, the Church contributes to the translation of the Christian message of love of neighbour, compassion and solidarity into contemporary actions for the sake of the poorest in our society. Lastly, through Caritas, the Church aims at responding to the acute human needs resulting from major emergencies.

Basing on the above context, CARITAS KAMPALA is the executive arm of the Catholic Church in Uganda mandated by the Uganda Episcopal Conference to carry out socio economic development activities in the Archdiocese of Kampala irrespective of their cultures, religions or political affiliations. Here derives the Definition of policies and priorities, reflection, animation by Technical staff and Coordination guided by the President of CK, the Board, Director and Assistant Director

4. IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

Departments and programs had strategies for implementation of specific main activities so as to attain the expected outputs:

  • KATUKA set out to reach 1,620 resource poor households and address: Poverty alleviation, Food security and environmental Protection issues by helping them to organize into groups and to provide them with basic management skills to tackle: underlying causes of poverty, poverty reduction at household level through natural resource development, income generation, capacity building of groups to negotiate for external support services and to influence the priorities of local government structures and to address people’s development concerns.
  • SAP planned to reach all Parishes (Parish approach) in A.O.K but our Partners advised us to concentrate our activities in a limited area for the purpose of making a tangible & realizable impact. Besides, we were advised to utilize the civil structures (sub county approach) so as to reach all people from all denominations. So we targeted 5 sub counties up to 2004 then 2004-2008 introduced 3 new sub counties. We addressed the following issues: increased household food production and incomes.
  • Health Department concentrated on: strengthening the capacity of the DHUs to deliver health services of adequate and sustainable quality to the rural populations of the region in line with the mission and policy statement of the Uganda Episcopal Conference; and establishing a fully functional integration of these health structures in the districts’ health systems in line with the national policy.
  • Justice & Peace Department addressed some imbalances of power that undermined social justice and equity.
  • Gender in development Desk focused on: Gender mainstreaming and economic empowerment among communities of marginalized women and children.
  • Under the Good Samaritan Department, we made long-term commitments to the communities with whom we partnered to improve their livelihoods and achieve sustainable changes.
  • DAC concentrated on: solving share contributors’ issues, distribution of share certificates and dissemination of bank information to the Parish Committees.
  • SACCOS/Cooperative Department focused on inculcating a culture of saving and accessing affordable loans.
  • Health Department concentrated on adherence to the Church Mission: To promote life to the full by imitating Christ’s deeds, using the existing the existing health professionals to treat in a holistic manner and share Information as a team.
  • Research and advocacy focused on empowering caritas groups in the various programs with leadership skills and mobilizing them to participate in forums with local decision makers.
  • CK staff has participated in preparing for the Diocesan Synod of 2006 and in the gradual implementation of the Synodal resolutions and recommendations.
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