BACKGROUND OF CARITAS KITALE “Dignity to all".
The Caritas Kitale (CK) was started in 1998.Initially; it was the development and social services department. The diocesan development and social services department was started in 1998 when the catholic diocese of Kitale (CDK) was hive-off and separated from the catholic diocese of Eldoret (CDE). The diocesan development offices for the catholic diocese of Eldoret were based in Kitale until 1993.When the CDK was formed, the directorate activities were executed in CDE until the year 2002 when Mr. Bernard Nyang’echi was employed by the diocese of Kitale as a full-time development coordinator. In March,2003, Mr. Matthew Bore succeeded him up to 2008 when Mr. Anthony Lubano took charge of the office until April,2016.Currently,Mr.Alexander Barasa is the one in charge of the Caritas Directorate of the catholic diocese of Kitale.
The Directorate works hand in hand with Caritas Kenya which is the National body for the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).The directorates mains arms are:
The catholic diocese of Kitale through its Caritas Directorate has implemented several donor funded projects since its inception in 1998.Previously; the diocese implemented the following donor funded programs:-water, health, gender, technical training, youth, justice and peace, livelihoods, development and Education programs are some of the projects being implemented. In the past few years the diocese implemented emergency relief projects during the 2007/2008 post-election violence with funding from Trocaire, CAFOD, German Agro Action and DFID. SARD through Missereor, and SILC through CRS. The diocese has committed and qualified staff in their respective field of operations. Currently, through the directorate the following departments are implementing programmes-2017 Elections Preparedness programme by DFID through Saferworld and Caritas Spain. Caritas Kitale is also implementing Emergency response project towards the 2017 Drought. The support came from various donors. Water(Water for Life),SPCC(Dr.Bea, Cheshire Kenya,Handicap International and Lilliane Foundation),Catholic Justice and Peace Commission(DFID through Safer World),Education(Watoto Watunzwe Programme),Health( Support from the Kenyan government ministry of health and partnership with the county governments of Trans Nzoia and West Pokot).In five years time, the directorate will foresee the inception and implementation of the following programmes and projects: Rebuilding and strengthening livelihoods of residents, Protection of the environment and being involved in combating and mitigating climate change, promotion of peace and justice for all, Establishment of diocesan funeral home and cemetery, agricultural projects to sustain diocesan programmes and construction of a convenient store along Line Moja to be rented to interested parties.
2. OUR VISION
A society where people work for their sustained development in dignity witnessing the love of God.
3. MISSION STATEMENT
To witness the Gospel of Christ through integral development for the common good of all people.
4. OUR CORE VALUES.
Embracing gospel values and social teachings of our church.
Dignity to all-Human person has to be dignified and also pay respect to our social cultural progress.
Capacity and institutional strengthening so that the church mission in realized fully.
Solidarity-By enhancing a sense of working together harmoniously is pursuit of our common mission.
Option for the poor by striving to combat the menace of dehumanizing poverty.
Enhancing social, economic, political and cultural advancement for all through ensuring to seek for equitable distribution of resources.
Always making an effort to promote social-pastoral mission of the church.
Striving to instill a genuine sense of solidarity in dealing with our partners both locally and globally.
Promoting a sense of stewardship with the resources entrusted to as in an efficient, effective, transparent and accountable manner.
Mutual participation and integral human development in our endeavours and daily undertakes.
FUNCTIONS OF THE CARITAS DIRECTORATE.
Assisting all pastoral and development arms of the church in writing of proposals
Organization of emergence activities and formulating long term perspective prevention.
Develop poverty reduction strategies by empowering people towards self sustenance.
Lead team in fund raising for Diocesan programmes in conjunction with other departments.
Championing for equal participation for both women, poor, disabled and marginalized in the society.
Initiate and implement programmes that cater for the real needs of the people via tools like Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Participatory Learning Action (PLA).
Educate the stakeholders including departments on how to identify needs that are of value to themselves.
Coming up with the programmes and projects that constitute self reliance to the society.
Embrace community development and rights based approach via bottom up approach.
Embracing ownership by the community of the programmes implemented by the diocese.
Maintenance and updating of Diocesan website