1. BACKGROUND OF THE CARITAS KITALE DIRECTORATE.

The Caritas Kitale (CK) was started in 2015.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.
Other diocesan departments falls under the directorate except Vocations, Gender & Child protection and Youth Departments which fall under the Pastoral directorate of the diocese. 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:

i. Development.
ii. Social services.
iii. Relief.

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, Special programme for challenged children (SPCC), health, gender, technical training, youth, justice and peace, livelihoods, development and Education programs. In the past few years the diocese implemented emergency relief projects during the 2007/2008 post-election violence with funding from CAFOD, German Agro Action, Missereor and DFID. The diocese has committed educated, skilled and competent staff in their respective field of operations.
Currently, through the directorate the following departments are implementing programmes-Water(Water for Life),SPCC(Dr.Bea 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: 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.
The caritas director initiates, coordinates, facilitates and monitors all development-oriented programmes and departments in the diocese and responds to relief services in collaboration with the concerned departments like health,CJPC,water and Livelihood . He/she works hand in hand with the Pastoral Directorate, Finance Department, Caritas office Secretary and other Departments under these offices and partners in implementation of the policies set by the administration.
At the moment, the directorate has to put in place and find means to fund most of diocesan programmes which have felt the effect of dwindling in donor funding.


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.

1. Embracing gospel values and social teachings of our church.
2. Dignity to all-Human person has to be dignified and also pay respect to our social cultural progress.
3. Capacity and institutional strengthening so that the church mission in realized fully.
4. Solidarity-By enhancing a sense of working together harmoniously is pursuit of our common mission.
5. Option for the poor by striving to combat the menace of dehumanizing poverty.
6. Enhancing social, economic, political and cultural advancement for all through ensuring to seek for equitable distribution of resources.
7. Always making an effort to promote social-pastoral mission of the church.
8. Striving to instill a genuine sense of solidarity in dealing with our partners both locally and globally.
9. Promoting a sense of stewardship with the resources entrusted to as in an efficient, effective, transparent and accountable manner.
10. Mutual participation and integral human development in our endeavours and daily undertakes.


5. FUNCTIONS OF THE CARITAS DIRECTORATE.

  1. Assisting all pastoral and development arms of the church in writing of proposals.
  2. Organization of emergence activities and formulating long term perspective prevention.
  3. Develop poverty reduction strategies by empowering people towards self sustenance.
  4. Lead team in fund raising for Diocesan programmes in conjunction with other departments.
  5. Championing for equal participation for both women, poor, disabled and marginalized in the society.
  6. 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).
  7. Educate the stakeholders including departments on how to identify needs that are of value to themselves.
  8. Coming up with the programmes and projects that constitute self reliance to the society.
  9. Embrace community development and rights based approach via bottom up approach.
  10. Embracing ownership by the community of the programmes implemented by the diocese.
  11. Maintenance and updating of Diocesan website.

6. DIRECTORATES PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES.

1. Insufficient funds to run the programmes.
2. Understaffing of the Directorate due to insufficient resources.
3. At times delay in reports due to untimely financial reports.
4. Lack of clear understanding of the office functions by some people hence, results to inefficiency.
5. Interference of the office activities by some departments and people.
6. Unpredictable power outages in the town.
7. Creation of structures and mechanisms of dealing with relief and climate change.
8. Unpredictable disasters fueled by the changes in climate.
9. Unrealistic period for the phasing out fully of development office to caritas Kitale.
10. Curbing conflict caused due to shrinking resources in the face of swelling population.
11. Surviving in the battle where all NGOs,FBOs and CSOs are fighting for funds from very few remaining potential donors.
12. Adaptation of our programmes and projects to changes in climate.

7. DIRECTORATE SWOT ANALYSIS.

STRENGTH.

  1. Full support from Caritas Kenya, Bishop, All clergies, Christians and other staff Members.
  2. Competent, committed, educated and learned staff.
  3. Readily available equipments.
  4. Office already in existence.
  5. Already established structures to the grassroots.

WEAKNESSES.

  1. Lack of pragmatic policies for most of the departments.
  2. Lack of efficiency in project reporting due delays from other departments
  3. Inadequate staff.
  4. Lack of baseline survey and feasibility studies to ascertain the actualization of the programmes.
  5. Lack of sufficient funds to run the programmes and addressing relief services.
  6. Lack of readily available means of transport for the directorate.
  7. Lack of clear reason for pulling away of donors.

OPPORTUNITIES.

  1. Christianity is still in her early stages in most parts of the diocese.
  2. Large section of the community we serve is much sensitized than the past years.
  3. Mutual collaboration from county governments of Trans Nzoia & West Pokot and the National government.
  4. There is still room for further strengthening of the ties between the diocese and parish levels.
  5. Open door for collaboration from likeminded partners.
  6. Mutual feeling of ownership of the directorate by all stakeholders.

THREATS.

  1. Climate change alteration of the way of life of people.
  2. New forms of conflict due to climate change like crop failure and pests.
  3. Relentless lack of abandonment of retrogressive culture from some of the communities.
  4. War due to stereotypes from certain communities.
  5. Steady prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS pandemic.
  6. Shrinking donor funding and donor fatigue.

8. LONG TERM GOALS OF THE DIRECTORATE.

1. To make the presence of Caritas to be felt in all parts of the diocese by December, 2017.
2. To educate Christians on caritas and the value of Caritas Day by August, 2018.
3. To reduce the community rate of poverty by 50% by December, 2021.
4. To fully establish caritas directorate that responds immediately to Diocesan needs by March, 2017.
5. To sensitize the community on intervention to emergence by December, 2019.
6. To establish a convenient store along Line Moja by 2020.
7. To establish intensive and extensive agricultural programmes in the diocese by 2018.
8. To establish a diocesan funeral home and cemetery by 2021.

9 . CARITAS DIRECTORATE STRATEGIC ORIENTATION AND ACTIVITIES.


1. To make the presence of Caritas to be felt in all parts of the diocese by December, 2017.
  •    Highlighting what caritas is doing through the Diocesan weekly bulletin.
  •    Posting on the diocesan website caritas activities and events.
  •    Full implementation of caritas activities to the parish level.
  •    Inviting the National office to share to Christians about their activities and what is going on in other caritases.
2. To educate Christians on caritas and the value of Caritas Day by August, 2018.
  • Show casing caritas activities in all parishes.
  • Urging and communicating to all parishes to mark caritas day.
  • Asking Christians to contribute during the day.
  • Reminding Christians of the day a few months or weeks to the day via church services and functions, the bulletin and the website.
3. To reduce the community rate of poverty by 50% by December, 2021.
  • Adoption of farming means and crops that adapts to climate change.
  • Establishment of vocational training centers for school truants.
  • Conscietization of Christians to join community lending systems,marketing of their produce.
  • Creation of awareness for the community to shun retrogressive culture Demonstration of cultivation of crops that are adaptable to climate change.
4. To fully establish caritas directorate that responds immediately to Diocesan needs by March, 2017.
  • Well established website and efficient internet services.
  • Full time and committed caritas director in the office.
  • Clear adherence to the functions of caritas office.
  • Setting of date lines on implementation and reporting of projects.
  • Continuous support to the office activities from all levels of the diocese.
  • Updated website showing activities under implementation.
  • Prompt reporting on activities implemented by various programmes.
5. To sensitize the community on intervention to emergence by December, 2019.
  • Trainings on intervention in case of an emergence.
  • Establishing facilities to be shared by the community.
  • Being on the fore front in intervention.
  • Community inculcateting the value of intervention.
6. To establish a convenient store along Line Moja by 2020.
  • Writing of proposals to fund the construction.
  • Formulation of the team to foresee the project.
  • Fund raising on the same.
  • Renting the premise to clients.
7. To establish intensive and extensive agricultural programmes in the diocese by 2018.
  • Writing of proposals to fund the programme.
  • Invitation of experts to help in the programme sustenance.
  • Fund raising.
8. To establish a diocesan funeral home and cemetery by 2021.
  • Writing the proposal to fund the programme.
  • Fund raising.Formulation of the team to foresee the project.
  • Commissioning of the project.

10.  INDICATORS TO CARITAS SET OBJECTIVES.

1. To make the presence of Caritas to be felt in all parts of the diocese by December, 2017.
  •      Presence of caritas volunteers in different parts of the diocese.
  •      Calendar of caritas activities in different parishes and outstations.
  •      Workshops and seminars on caritas activities.
2. To educate Christians on caritas and the value of Caritas Day by August, 2018.
  •    The religious and the laity supporting the poor and vulnerable in the society.
  •    Sucks of goods received from Christians at different points of the church.
  •    Number of social media in place that support caritas activities.
  •    Transactions between the diocese and national office in support of caritas activities
3. To reduce the community rate of poverty by 50% by December, 2021.
  •    Improved living standards of the Christians from different parts of the diocese.
  •    Increased activities in terms of transactions on different markets.
  •    High enrollment in different schools from different parts of the diocese.
  •    Reduction in mortality rates and rise in life expectancy.
  •    Reduction in the sale of charcoals at different points of the roads and markets.
  •    Minimal soil erosion and harvesting of sand.
4. To fully establish caritas directorate that responds immediately to Diocesan needs by March, 2017.
  •    Reduction of number of projects which have not been reported to.
  •    Prompt communication of any matter to various parts of the diocese.
  •    Much attention from the directorate to the diocesan clients.
  •    Committees meeting in the board room and different places of the diocese to deliberate on caritas activities like fund raising.
5. To sensitize the community on intervention to emergence by December, 2019.
  •    Reduction in causalities in case of an emergence.
  •    Strengthened community network in information sharing.
  •    Reduction in reported cases on any calamity.
  •    Peaceful society and busy in their daily endeavours.
6. To establish a convenient store along Line Moja by 2020.
  •    Team meeting in the board room.
  •    Construction materials at the site.
  •    Workers on the site.
  •    Rising of the building.
  •    “To Let” billboard at the premise.
7. To establish intensive and extensive agricultural programmes in the diocese by 2018.
  •    Meetings in the board room and other places.
  •    Team members formed.
  •    Improved techniques in farming
  •    High yields compared to previous years.
8. To establish a diocesan funeral home and cemetery by 2021.
  •   Meeting held on the issue.
  •   Information passed to people at the parish levels.
  •   Piece of land earmarked for construction.
  •   Construction materials at the site.
  •   Mass and other sent off services held in the home.

Strategic Objective 1:

To make the presence of Caritas to be felt in all parts of the diocese by December, 2017.

Strategies

To highlight what caritas is doing

Activities

-Reports through the bulletin.
-Postings on the website
-Parish visits.

Time Frame

Every month ongoing

Indicators

  1. Increase out reach
  2. Means of Verification
  3. Caritas volunteers in different parishes

Responsibility

Caritas Director.

Strategic Objective 2:

To educate Christians on caritas and the value of Caritas Day by August, 2018.

Strategies

To remind parishes to celebrate caritas day

Activities

-Mass on the day.
-Giving to the poor and vulnerable

Time Frame

Every 1st  Sunday of September, annually

Indicators

Transactions between the parishes, diocese and national office

Means of Verification

-Banking slips.
-Caritas mass celebrated.

Responsibility

Bishop, Vicar General, all priests and Caritas Director.