CARITAS Kampala

/CARITAS Kampala

caritasBrief Introduction: Caritas Kampala (CK) is the executive arm of the Catholic Church mandated to carry out socio economic development activities in the Archdiocese of Kampala irrespective of people’s cultures, religions or political affiliations.  Caritas Kampala is a Faith based and Non Profit making organization that started in 1973 but was fully established in 1986 during

the aftermath of the five years’ protracted bush war. It falls under the Sanctifying Commission of Kampala Archdiocese. Currently, Caritas Kampala covers 54 Parishes that cut across the Civic Districts of: Kampala, Mpigi and Wakiso where we are partners in supporting Government development efforts in reaching the marginalized and vulnerable people especially in the rural set up.

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 where love, solidarity and Reconciliation is experienced.

Core business:
Conducting economic, medical, political and social support Services to the people of Kampala Archdiocese.

Core Values:
Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork, Community, Client Focus, solidarity and Sustainability.

Main Functions:
Animation and Coordination

Main Objectives:

  • Build self supporting and sustainable development initiatives for grassroot groups.
  • Develop and replicate new models for community investments.
  • Establish strategic networks to support sustainable grassroot development.

Programmes and Projects:
KATUKA/CAPCA Agriculture Program, Sustainable Agriculture Program/SAP, Family Life Education Program, Gender in Development Desk+PROMIC, Cardinal Nsubuga Leadership Training Center-CANLET, Bukasa- Nnamanve Eucalyptus Forest, Kyankwanzi Caritas Kampala & KAPA Farm, Centenary Bank Liaison Office, Block 15 Plots: 2090 Katuka Development Trust Ltd Ware house, 2462(2487 + 2488) St.Balikuddembe Hostel, CANLET Plot 1533, CK offices Plots 1538+1539 and the Demonstration Plot.

Activities:

  • Imparting Social Teaching of the Church in development
  • 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.
  • Mitigate 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;
  • Good governance, the law and justice sector, and accountability issues;
  • Health and education; HIV issues;
  • Reviving the saving and Credit Cooperative spirit among our people as the most sustainable and democratic approach to C.K’s development work

Achievements:

  • C.K has built an institution with competent manpower (of the required knowledge, professional skills and experience ), well grounded and technically qualified in fields of project planning & management, community development, agricultural and veterinary service provision, training and capacity building, social research, water & environmental sanitation and other. They have a cumulative experience of over 20 years in rural & urban community development works and form the basis of C.K continued success.
  • C.k’s work and identity has shifted from mere Charity/Relief givers by 2002, to a Faith based social service provider through its animation and coordination efforts role to the community culminating into well organized Development Programs.
  • C.K has development Human resource Management and Financial Management Manuals
  • Some Programs have managed to document their Development Training guides and publish periodical magazines.
  • C.K Management has established Desks like the Gender and Justice & Peace Desks which have been transformed into Departments.
  • In KATUKA Program improved livelihood of 1,620 households in the input revolving scheme; 60 farmer groups have been formed; 64% of the women in the project area are now actively participating; 80% of the households have increased food production; market linkages have been created through partnerships (NOGAMO, HORTEXA0); Partnerships have been created with other institutions (NGOs, Farmers’ Organizations); 76% of our farmers have planted at least 100trees per a household. The steadily growing marketing arm of Katuka Program called KDTL has highly promoted our farmers’ organic coffee as far as Europe
  • While in SAP 160 groups have been formed with an average membership of 25, thus a total 4,000 farmers reached; trained 204 trainers,2 TOTs per a group and 47 Vet scouts; Mobilized and trained over 30 agro processing groups to add value to agricultural produce and access market through a central body called Sustainable Agriculture Processors Saving and Credit Cooperatives Society(SAPCOS);built capacity of groups to sustain SAP activities through development of CBOs, Associations and Cooperatives, after which linked them to other service providers.
  • In GID, widows have joined hands in: running & sustaining their self- help projects for their orphans using their sales from pigs and savings on cash rounds.
  • A Cooperative forum is in place to promote cooperative in all the 54 Parishes.

E-mail: caritas.kla@infocom.co.ug