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Caritas Kindu , Maniema

Caritas is registered as an NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Kindu, Maniema province
Caritas covers the entire Maniema province through its main office in Kindu and bureaus in Kibombo, Kailo, Punia, and Kasongo.

Sectors of Intervention

Health; food security and sustainable development; gender equality; microfinance; protection of the environment; protection and promotion of, and assistance to, the vulnerable and disadvantaged; human rights and civic education; peace, justice, and peacef

History

Caritas officially started in January 2002 in Kindu. When Caritas started, it inherited a set of development programs from the Catholic diocese’s farming department, including distribution of seeds and pigs, and rehabilitation of schools, health centers, and other social infrastructure. To improve the diocese’s development work, the bishop authorized creation of a branch of the national Caritas organization at Kindu. The main office in Kindu works closely with community based groups known as shirikas, which are local development associations affiliated with the Catholic church but open to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Caritas also has four small bureaus in Kibombo, Kailo, Punia, and Kasongo. Caritas in Kindu has worked with many national and international partners, including USAID the Episcopal Commission Caritas–Development Congo, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace Congo, Caritas Italy, CRS, UNDP, MONUSCO, UNICEF, OCHA, FAO, WFP, the Sovereign Order of Malta, CTB, MERLIN, COOPI, and Memisa Belgium.

Mission

Develop the spiritual and material well-being of the people of Maniema

Objectives

  • Initiate and support medical activities for preventive, promotional, and curative health
  • Initiate and implement community development activities to improve people’s living standards
  • Organize social and charitable activities
  • Rehabilitate and/or build social infrastructures such as schools and health centers
  • Promote gender equality and justice for all
  • Promote peaceful cohabitation and lasting peace in Maniema

Populations Served

Caritas primarily works with people of the Catholic faith, but also works with and for the general population of Maniema.

Programs

 

  • Diocesan Bureau of Caritas (Bureau diocésain de Caritas): This program organizes social activities, carries out rehabilitation work, and is responsible for the rapid response to emergencies.
  • Diocesan Bureau of Development (Bureau diocésain de développement, or BDD): This is the community development department, which assists local populations in efforts to promote self-sufficiency. It provides trainings on agro-pastoral and business opportunities, and helps communities make long-term development plans.
  • Diocesan Bureau of Medical Work (Bureau diocésain des oeuvres médicales, or BDOM): This is the health department, which carries out public health care and health education.
  • Diocesan Commission on Justice and Peace (Commission diocésaine justice et paix, or CDJP): This program undertakes activities on human rights, good governance, and conflict resolution.

Governance

The bishop of Kindu diocese is the chief executive of Caritas in Kindu, but the
supreme body of management and representative structure is the general assembly, which consists of parish priests. The general assembly meets at the end of each year to evaluate the performance of the executive office against the initial planning. The general assembly selects a board of directors, which meets every three months, and ensures compliance with directives and programs. The board also closely monitors the four specialized programs (described above). Caritas employs 40 people, but also receives substantial assistance from dozens of volunteers. Caritas has staff with the  technical expertise to undertake projects, including rural development technicians, doctors and health technicians, and people with graduate training and professional experience in business administration.

Caritas has bank accounts with BIC in Goma; BCR in Gisenyi, Rwanda; and BCDC in Kinshasa. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, Caritas has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: YES
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES

Strengths

  • A well-organized management structure
  • A professional and dedicated staff
  • Strong relationships with international donors and partners
  • Strong ties to local communities through its bureaus, churches, and “shirika” community groups

Needs

  • Greater financial assistance and staff to meet community demands
  • Training to increase the financial and administrative capacities of its staff

Funders and Budget

For 2010, Caritas had a budget of $975,000. Funders include Caritas (Italy), the European Union, CORDAID, and Memisa Belgium.

Accomplishments

  • Provided mentoring and psychosocial support for 1,200 demobilized child schools, and helped them enter the education system in the Kindu diocese
  • Helped with the socioeconomic reintegration of 200 female ex-combatants in Maniema province
  • Established a summer camp for at-risk youth in Kindu
  • Rehabilitated two major roads and one bridge
  • Established 30 water points and conducted community trainings on hygiene and sanitation at six localities in the Punia health zone
  • Reconstructed six schools in Kindu town and provided classrooms with desks
  • Constructed six classrooms in Libenga
  • Provided psychosocial care and socioeconomic reintegration support for survivors of sexual violence in Punia and Kailo territories
  • Piloted the Great Lakes Cassava Initiative (GLCI), which distributed improved tubers of cassava (that grow to maturity in 9 months instead of the normal 12) and encouraged people to use them to increase their food security
  • Maintains the Lokandu boat, which ferries people and products across the Congo River
  • Provided equipment and training for obstetric and neonatal emergency care in the Ferekeni health zone, and gave equipment for the surgery room in the Kitulizo hospital
  • Repaired 20 bridges in the Kindu–Samba area

Organizational Vision

Caritas seeks to improve the socioeconomic and spiritual conditions of life for the population of Maniema.

Project Proposals

  • Improving health care in Maniema: Caritas would like to improve the health system in Maniema province by constructing or rehabilitating and equipping 13 health centers. Cost: $450,000
  • Agriculture and food security project: This project will improve food security in Maniema by providing training to local farmers, helping them to expand cassava crops, and assisting small businesses with machines to process cassava. Cost: $481,000
  • Improving education infrastructure: This project will fund rehabilitation and equipment of classrooms, plus construction of toilets and water points at schools. Cost: $490,850

Contact

Abbé Francois, director, +243.816.886.750, caritaskindu@yahoo.fr

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