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Caritas Kabale diocese is a social services and development department of Kabale diocese which started in 1984 to coordinate all socio-economic development activities in the four districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri that make up Kabale diocese. Its overall mandate is to enhance social welfare and economic development of the poor, marginalized and the disadvantaged in the four districts of Kabale diocese.
CARITAS - Kabale diocese works through partnership with other like-minded development agencies and government for the improvement of the livelihood of the local people in need regardless of race, religion or sex. CARITAS-Kabale diocese is strongly committed to implementing the Biblical preferential option for the poor and focuses its efforts on generating maximum pro-poor outcomes and impacts.
Our development partners include; Caritas Japan, MISEREOR-Germany, MIVA OneMen-Netherlands, Peace Corps-USA and Embassy of Netherlands through International Fertilizer Development Center in major activities focused mainly on;
a) Improved cash and food crop agronomy with particular focus on Irish Potato, climbing beans and Perennial food crops-Cassava and yams
b) Integrated livestock and crop farming systems for ecological stability
c) Agro-forestry and climate change resilient agriculture with emphasis on effects mitigation and adaptation
d) Improved gender relations for equitable family development
e) Seed security production and storage systems
f) Budget Advocacy, budget and expenditure tracking for public funds
g) Village level savings and credit facilities to enable farmer families mobilize resources for commercialization of their farms
h) Support to orphans and other vulnerable children
i) Health and sanitation to mitigate skyrocketing health costs that have been draining farmer family budgets
j) Rain Water harvesting technologies for domestic use and farmyard gardening
Location of Caritas Kabale diocese
Caritas Kabale diocese offices are physically located on Sowman Road, Plot 37/38, Central Division, Kabale municipality. Postal Address is P.O.Box 156 Kabale.
Vision of Caritas Kabale Diocese
“Improved livelihoods for all families in Kabale Diocese through love, solidarity and reconciliation.”
Mission of Caritas Kabale diocese
Working with others to make an improvement in the livelihoods of people focusing on the poor, vulnerable and marginalized through promotion of their participation.
a) Non-Partisan support
b) Participation of target groups
f) Orientation to the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized
a) Respect for human dignity and fundamental rights
b) Poverty, gender and diversity focus
c) Sustainable results (institutionally and environmentally)
d) Integrity and transparency: We shall do our work with honesty, and transparency and accept responsibility for our work
PROGRAMMES OF CARITAS –KABALE DIOCESE
Currently the CARITAS-Kabale Diocese implements its activities under four interrelated development programmes namely;
1.Development Coordination that harmonizes and oversees all the programmes to ensure that activities and networks stay true to the vision, mission and values of Caritas Kabale.
2.Sustainable Agriculture Programme (SAP) that operates in selected sub-counties in Kabale and Rukungiri districts and aims at improving and sustaining farmers’ food and income security through provision of advisory services and inputs for selected traditional food and cash crops and livestock.
3. Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme that operates in all the four districts that make up Kabale Diocese and supports orphans and vulnerable children to access basic needs of life especially education, psychosocial support and career guidance to selected OVC to enable them develop into useful citizens in the future and enhancing and sustaining OVC and caregivers’ wellbeing in the diocese.
Under this programme, various interventions are taken to reduce risks of abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect of children including but not limited to the following;
In this way, Caritas Kabale diocese advocates for reduced gender based violence in schools, reduced child marriages, reduced corporal punishments, increased girl child retention in schools and increased transition of children to family based care in the programme target areas.
4.Women Promotion Programme that operates in Kabale, Rukungiri and Kanungu districts and aims at enhancing the role of women in development through providing them with appropriate capacity building services and technologies like water jars and improved fuel saving stoves and Functional Adult Literacy (FAL).
Major activities have focused mainly on;
1. Food security & livelihoods improvement
Improving production and productivity through proper agronomic practices
2. Savings and Lending systems
In order to improve access to finance for these vulnerable households, they are supported to manage their finances through financial literacy and entrepreneurship education programs under the SILC model. Caritas supports each of the groups with a starter capital of one million shillings for promotion of IGAs in addition to SILC (Savings and Internal Lending Communities). This amount is deposited to each of the group’s account in the Local SACCO in an effort to link them financial services providers in addition to their SILC.
3. Livestock support
This is aimed at increasing the biological and economical productivity of animals. We train these households in proper practices of animals husbandry especially proper housing,feeding,disease identication and management and provide the vulnerable households with goats and chickenon revolving system. These households are able to have manure for soil fertility replenishment,sell eggs and chicken for income and all the associated benefits of animals.
4. Support to Orphans and other vulnerable children
In line with Christ’s mission on earth ( Jn 10:10 ) “ I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly”, we support OVC and this is also in tandem with the Ugandan constitution of 1995 Article 17 (1c) as a duty of citizens to protect children and vulnerable persons against any form of abuse, harassment or ill-treatment and article 34 which clearly stipulates the rights of children .
Caritas Kabale diocese targets households that have orphans and other vulnerable children with characteristics as; Children living alone or in institutions, in a poor psychological state, in an unstable environment due to conflict, abuse or migration, orphaned or otherwise vulnerable and the children the community agrees are in need for any other reason and households with such characteristics as ; Households headed by a single or widowed person, a very sick adult , a woman , an elderly person , which include orphans or other vulnerable children
The 2014 population census data show that ½ of the Ugandan population of 34.9 million consists of children under the age of 15, while 17.1 million children (more than 56%) are younger than 18. Such a large population of children has numerous implications for resource allocation and service provision in terms of health, education and other social services. Thus improving the well being and the future of Uganda children is very critical at this stage.
The situation of children in Uganda is very bleak. 70% of Uganda’s children do not complete primary education. Only 12% of those who make it to secondary school actually finish. 20% of females and 13% of males over the age of 5 have never received any formal education. Uganda cannot achieve vision 2040 with a vast majority of its population uneducated. Children need to survive long enough to enter school and remain healthy to learn and contribute productively to society. Education not only improves learning outcomes for especially girl children, it improves indicators of well being for entire households, reduces HIV/AIDS incidence. Caritas engages TASO Rukungiri through their Music dance and drama in HIV sensitization so as to reduce stigma and discrimination against persons living with HIV, voluntary testing and counseling and provision of free medical services. Caritas works with children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and their families to strengthen their ability to cope and thrive.
Good health: Caritas linking farmers to TASO for HIV sensitization, voluntary counseling and testing.
5. Environmental conservation and protection
Caritas promotes the technologies that are geared towards protecting the environment ,soil erosion reduction technologies such as construction water retention trenches ( Fanya chini,Juu),planting of grasses and trees especially Grivellea and calliandra species for agroforestry, use of organic manure all of which are aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change effects.
Caritas promotes the use of energy saving stoves at household level, that is, the Rocket Lorena stoves. This is in a bid to reduce on the rate of tree cutting since wood is saved and also improve the health of women and children since smoke is reduced in the kitchens thus protecting mothers and children from respiratory complications.
Energy saving technology at household level
6. Health and sanitation
on personal hygiene, household health and sanitation through promotion of use of sanitation structures such as latrines, bath shelters, dish/sanitation racks, kitchens and animal shelters. We construct ferrocement tanks and Tarpaulin walled underground tanks for the vulnerable households that fetch water from distant sources of at least 1/2km.
Underground tarpaulin walled tanks
Washing hands after visiting latrine; Tipy-tap technology!
7. Proper Nutrition
In ensuring good nutrition, we support people with grafted Avocado seedlings, Cabbage seeds, Spinarch, Carrot and promote the planting of local vegetables through promotion of Kitchen gardens.
8. Domestic Violence
Caritas promotes platforms for civic action, advocacy and participation in the elimination all forms of domestic violence especially against women and children. Caritas trains groups in human rights and children rights so that people can access justice.
9. Disaster Risk Reduction
Caritas facilitates people to adopt environmentally sustainable economic activities that preserve the ecosystem by supplying them with tree seedlings. For example Caritas Kabale diocese Supplied clothes, food stuffs, hoes, spades, Pick Axes to Kyokyezo parish in Nyamweru sub county-Kabale district when people were hit by serious landslides.
10. Lobbying and advocacy
Caritas believes in community empowerment such that the local communities can advocate for their rights and demand for their services. Areas of advocacy engaged in with these households include participation in National budget for increased funding to Agriculture, fighting counterfeits especially agro inputs on the market. As a result of advocacy activities Village Budget Advocacy groups (VBDGs) have been formed in Nyamweru sub county to follow up the disbursements from the central governments to establish whether the money disbursed reaches intended beneficiaries especially the NAADS money.
Animal integration in crop production; Caritas officers delivering goats to project beneficiaries
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