COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

The Department consists of  the following programmes

1.  Caritas

2. Catholic Justice and Peace Programme (CJPC)

3. Small Homes

4. Social welfare

5. water programme

In 1972, a baseline survey was conducted, to identify the areas in which the Church could initiate interventions, in order to complement the government’s effort of eradicating poverty, hunger and illiteracy. Out of this survey, the Development Programme was created in 1973.

OBJECTIVES OF CARITAS NAKURU

The main objectives of Caritas Nakuru are to:

  1. Facilitate the development of diocesan strategic plans in line with the vision and mission of the Diocese.
  2. Steer the planning, leadership, co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation of all development activities in the Diocese.
  3. Formulate and review appropriate policies, structures and systems that support communities through participatory and sustainable mechanisms.
  4. Develop the Diocese’s human resource capacity of recruiting, developing and maintaining a pool of highly qualified staff.
  5. Establish and maintain strong and effective linkages with the target communities, development partners, Diocesan institutions, the Civil Society other religious institutions and the government.
  6. Assess and document the impact of the Development Coordination Programme towards meeting Diocesan objectives and community development.
  7. Develop and maintain effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

Since its inception, Caritas Nakuru has been spearheading community development projects that are aimed at improving and raising the livelihoods of the community members, as well as empowering them to be in charge of their own development and destiny.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CARITAS NAKURU OFFICE AND OTHER PROGRAMMES, PARISHES AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE DIOCESE

Caritas Nakuru facilitates the Programmes, Parishes and institutions of the Diocese in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all development activities in the Diocese.

The Office is therefore a central point in regard to baseline surveys, proposal development, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting; including networking and collaboration with national, regional and international partners.

The office facilitates the co-ordination of activities and projects in fifteen diocesan Programmes and over sixty education, health and vocational training institutions in the two counties of Nakuru and Baringo.

 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

Caritas Nakuru facilitates the other diocesan Programmes in targeting communities and groups of people that are needy. A participatory approach in the needs assessment is used and the target community is also involved in the development of the relevant interventions. This approach helps in creating relevance, ownership and sustainability of the projects by the target communities.

CATHOLIC Justice and peace programme

The Nakuru Diocese Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) was established in April 1991 as an offshoot of the National Catholic Justice and Peace Commission which was launched in Kenya on 1st January 1988 by the Kenya Episcopal Conference.

Nakuru Diocese Catholic has nine (9) deaneries with 48 parishes, 139 priests (86 diocesan, 37 missionaries), 26 Religious Brothers, 173 Religious Sisters, 38 seminarians and 630 catechists. The CDN covers the counties of Nakuru and Baringo. The boundaries of CDN and its parishes are not necessarily identical to the counties and sub counties administrative structure.

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) is a Programme of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru that covers an extensive area, which includes the administrative counties of Nakuru and Baringo.  This area is characterized by ethnic diversities, which gives CJPC a rich mix of beneficiaries as their target group.

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Nakuru’s mission is guided by the Nakuru Diocese Catholic vision which is endeavoring “A community of Love where every person is dignified”. CJPC’s principles and values are guided by the Catholic dogmas and have their roots and mandate in the Bible and the Social Teachings of the Church.  Its mission is thus:

MISSION:

To promote peoples development, advocate and advance a holistic approach towards social justice through the social teaching of the Catholic Church together with civic education, peace building and conflict transformation with the community

Core Values

1) Human dignity – Respect for God‘s image and likeness in human life.

2) Inclusivity

3) Transparency

Integrated programme for the Handicapped and Needy Children (Small Homes Programme)

The Small Homes Programme was initiated by the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru (CDN) in 1980, as a result of a feasibility study on disability in the Diocese.

It was noted that there were many handicapped children who hailed from poor families and were denied basic rights of healthcare, education, love and a sense of belonging.

In addition, due to the cultural attitudes in which disability is viewed as a curse, these children were discriminated against, and hence did not have an opportunity for self-development.

OBJECTIVES

To improve the quality of life of the people with disabilities, by empowering them with skills for self reliance

TARGET GROUP

The children and other persons with disabilities

ACTIVITIES

  • Managing Small Homes (institutions where children with disabilities reside during school term, to enable them access education).
  • Community based rehabilitation

Corrective surgery and provision of assistive devices.

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF NAKURU – SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMME

Mr. Joash Diemo Sigu,

Programmes Coordinator.

 

Introduction

The Social Welfare Programme is a programme of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, established in 1973 to identify and prioritize social needs of marginalized and disadvantaged communities with the view of enhancing access to their inherent basic rights and human dignity.

In this respect, the SWP facilitates these communities and individuals to gain social acceptance and engage meaningfully in sustainable development activities.

The SWP currently run three projects namely:

  • the street children project (Mwangaza and St. Francis Rehabilitation Centres) for rehabilitation and reintegration of street children;
  • the Women of Destiny (WoD) project for the rehabilitation of commercial sex workers (CSW); and,
  • the Association Project for rehabilitation of youth living and working on the streets, run in partnership with the Undugu Society of Kenya.

Overall Objective

  • To contribute towards improved quality of life of disadvantaged and marginalized communities, enabling them to gain social acceptance and actively participate in sustainable development activities.

Specific Objectives

  • To create awareness on social issues and empowerment of marginalized and disadvantaged communities for economic and social inclusion.
  • To empower marginalized and disadvantaged communities to create, access, manage and utilize local resources and services sustainably.
  • To provide rehabilitation services to disadvantaged and marginalized communities for economic and social reintegration.
  1. Rehabilitation of Street Children Project

This project was established in 1976 as a “drop-in” centre to facilitate recruitment, rehabilitation and reintegration of street children in Nakuru. The project is mainly funded through partnership with Caritas Germany in order to meet project objectives and other administrative costs.

The rehabilitation of street children project currently has two centres in Nakuru namely; Mwangaza Rehabilitation Centre and St. Francis Rehabilitation Centres respectively. This project targets children between 7 – 16 years old and has a capacity of rehabilitation at least 80 children annually, 40 for each centre. The rehabilitation programme is designed to last for 1 year before reintegration into formal education, except for very few cases of children who may take longer before they are ready.

Overall Goal

To secure the dignity of children who live and work in the streets and their families and promote their personal development and social integration.

Strategies and Approach

  1. Recruitment

Mapping of bases

  • Through street work, Social Workers are able to identify areas and streets within Nakuru where street children frequent or have established their “bases” (places where they reside). As a result, the SWP targets the areas of Shabaab, Kaptembwo, Bondeni, Ponda Mali, Sewage, Mwariki, Lake View, Manyani, Industrial Area and Nakuru Town (Central Business District) for street outreach and recruitment.

Creating rapport

  • During street visits, the Social Workers establish relationships of mutual trust with street children. This is done mostly during the period of recruitment in which Social Workers share information about our rehabilitation centres as well as the positive benefits of children leaving street life to join the programme.

Withdrawal and admission at the centres

  • Only when children voluntarily decide to start the rehabilitation are they accompanied by social workers for admission at the centres. This is when the processes of family tracing and reunion are also commenced.
  1. Rehabilitation

The processes of rehabilitation have many components which targets the holistic growth and development of the child. These are summarized as:

  • Health and hygiene
    • de-worming, treatment of skin infections, body hygiene
  • Spiritual development
  • Remedial classes
  • School and home visits
  • Feeding programme
  • Games and sports
  • Guidance and counseling
  • Life skills
  • Family support
    • Positive parenting
    • Income Generating Activities (IGAs) – table banking, soap making, bead work etc)
    • Counseling
    • Child rights training
  1. Reintegration
  • Family tracing and re-union
  • School placement
  • School and home visits

  The Association Model Project

The Association Model is a project that targets youth living and working in the streets. The Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, through the Social Welfare Programme has partnered with Undugu Society of Kenya and WeSeeHope to replicate this model in Nakuru since July 2016 (effective October 2016).

The Association Model project targets youth between 16 and 26 years who are clustered into several groups called associations. In Nakuru, there are currently 5 Association Groups namely:

  • Upendo Youth Group (Kismayu)
  • Vegas Boyz
  • Pamoja Group
  • Home Boyz
  • Langas Boyz

The Association Model has five phases through which groups transition.

  1. Identification

This phase involves mapping of places (bases) where youth living and working in the streets are commonly found as well as identifying possible members to form the associations. Establishing rapport with the youth is key in this process.

  1. Formation

The formation stage involves:

  • Actual establishment of Association Groups
  • Orientation of members into the project purpose and objectives, expectations as well as roles and duties of each party (members and CDN)
  • Developing of group rules/norms
  • Election and training of group leaders
  • Identification of key stakeholder from Government and other relevant organizations
  • Conducting exchange visits for learning and sharing
  • Conducting weekly visits and group meetings, football tournaments, youth camps, and life skills sessions for behaviour change
    1. Capacity building

This phase entail building the capacity of youth to gain essential business and employability skills. During this phase, Association Members conduct Market surveys to map-out and collect data on marketable skills and skill-gaps in their areas, consumer perceptions and satisfaction as well as possible areas of future training.

Association members are also taken through a goal setting workshop for purposes of choosing suitable trades for their skills training; business entrepreneurship training for those who intend to pursue businesses other than skills training. This is followed by placement of members for Technical and Vocational skills training as well as provision of start-up grants small businesses.

  1. Empowerment

The empowerment stage is attained when groups members have improved personal income and are able to meet their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and other family responsibilities; have demonstrated improved behaviour change; no longer abuse drugs and are living responsible lives as good citizens.

  1. Disengagement/celebration

Following the successes realized in the previous phase, when the group can continue existing despite the support of CDN, the project then exits their support, celebrating the achievement thus far realized. So far, no Association Groups have reached the empowerment and disengagement stages of the process.

  1. Women of Destiny (WoD) Project

The Women of Destiny project was established in 2001 to facilitate women engaged in commercial sex trade to acquire skills and competencies for personal development as well as economic self sufficiency.

The project strives to enhance resilience among women in coping with social challenges as well as engage creatively in other legitimate alternative sources of income. The project currently has groups in Nakuru, Salgaa, Gilgil, Marigat, Lanet, Mogotio and Kambi Samaki.

Activities Include:

  • Guidance and counseling
  • Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Training
  • Pastoral Care
  • Team building
  • Radio Programmes (Radio Amani)
  • Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC)
  • Soap Making
  • Bead work
  • Sewing (re-usable sanitary towels)

WATER PROGRAMME

  • The programme was initiated in 1986 as a result of the realization that shortage / malfunctioning and inadequate distribution of existing water supplies was one of the biggest problems confronting the people.Between 1986 and 1990, the activities of the Water Prgoramme included spring protection, Gravity flow schemes and roof catchment storage tanks. In 1990, drilling programme was initiated charged with the responsibility of providing water through sinking boreholes.Water programme also encompasses Nakuru Deflouridation Company-NDC (Water Quality) established in 1998 to research, develop and implement an appropriate technology that would remove fluoride from water while ensuring full water quality and environmental conservation.THE OBJECTIVETo improve the living conditions of the people in the rural and urban areas by providing them with safe and clean water for domestic and agricultural use. The Programme has three sections: – Water Quality, Water Supply and Water Drilling

    PROJECTS

    Water Drilling – in areas where surface water is not available.

    Water Supply – roof catchment, construction of Ferro cement and masonry tanks, gravity water schemes, shallow wells, water pans/dams.

    Water Quality (NDC) – Provision of quality water (bacterial and chemical) through construction of defluoridation units in institutions, sale of domestic filters, research and development (deflouridation technology), production of the defluoridation material (bone char) and conducting water related research and development.


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