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Office of Social Services, Economic Development and Human Rights of the Archdiocese of Kampala

Charities 

Background

 

The Charities Department in Caritas Kampala Archdiocese is centered on supporting escalating numbers of people who come for assistance, caring for the sick, HIV/AIDs patients, elderly, refugees, street/homeless children, disabled and other disadvantaged members of society living in vulnerable conditions. We support extending material assistance to address emergency needs, capacity building and training, parental care and love, school fees for children, accommodation, medical treatments and counseling among others.

 

The department currently relies on the Palm Sunday collection and individual donations from  people of good will, which have been limiting its assistance to an average of 30-60 cases a month.

 

In 2018 the department integrated three Daughters of Charity institutions under its care:

 

  • Kiwanga Integrated Skills Training Centre, with 70 disabled children.

  • St. Michael Children’s Home Nsambya, with 53 disadvantaged children, including orphans, homeless and refugees all attending from primary to higher institutions of learning.

  • St. Kizito Boarding School Sabbina in RakaiDistrict, with 438 children among HIV/AIDspatients, orphans, refugees, homeless and all disadvantaged children.

 

Activities Carried out

 

  • Referred beneficiaries with special needs to other service providers like the disabled and abandoned children to be cared for and learn vocational skills.

  • Renovated the Kiwanga home for the disabled children, including the installation of water harvest tanks.

  • Continuous monitoring and evaluation of the 3 Daughters of Charity homes.

  • Delivered training in domestic violence facilitated by the Catholic Secretariat.

  • Delivered training in vocational skills to children with disabilities so that they can develop practical experience and technical skills to fit in the society and families.

  • Provided education for children.

 

 

Achievements

 

  • The department coordinator participated in a meeting with Child I Foundation (UK) to propose a program for the resettlement of children in addition to capacity building at St. Micheal children’s Home Nsambya, as well as with other potential partners and donors.

  • Also attended meetings to address the land issues for Daughters of Charity Homes in Sabina Rakai, and monitored operations and the life of our beneficiaries in the assisted homes.

  • Some beneficiaries were resettled back to their homelands.

  • There has been a positive response from Christians and people of good will supporting our department with donations of items like food, clothes, money and prayers to support the needy.

  • Conducted monitoring and evaluation of our activities.

  • Donated clothes, bedding, food, transport and financial assistance to various people.

  • Seven crest tanks were installed at Kiwanga Daughters of Charity Home with the support Missionaries of Africa-USA to harvest water solving the water shortage problem.

  • Sponsored the education of 15 beneficiaries from nursery school to the primary levels.

  • A Special Mass was organized for those supporting our charity activities, and the department has participated in several activities for nourishment.

  • The charities department has provided counseling services for over 100 people, including refugees, families, the HIV patients, school drop outs, orphans and homeless children, bringing hope and comfort.

  • Some of the children experiencing challenging diseases which cannot be handled by the nurse were taken to be treated in hospitals where they can receive further medication.

Challenges

 

  • The restricted funds from Palm Sunday collections which is still the major source of funding of the department is not enough to cater for the increasing number of people that seek for assistance.

  • Some parishes do not contribute to Palm Sunday collections, despite recommending the need to the charities department.

  • Some of the assistance seekers have complex health issues of difficult response, and many others have different category needs.

  • Clients sometimes are not fully genuine or are too distressed being very difficult to handle.

  • Increasing number of urban refugees who look for help at the office.

 

Future Plans

 

  • Organize the Catholic Annual Day of the Poor on 19th November as per orientation of the Pope

  • Build synergies and coordination among all charitable foundations and homes for effective rendering of services to all people, including the integration of new institutions under the charities’ office

  • Start a vocational school to expand our work and outreach.

  • Mobilize more efforts during Palm Sunday collection to increase the department funding, working with the Caritas representatives in different parishes

  • Implement new projects and partnerships, which can support and sustain our work.

Caritas Kampala

Charities