TOR for an External Evaluation of EA31/2016

TOR for an External Evaluation of EA31/2016

These Terms of Reference should be adapted to the context. These can also be used as a resource to guide internal reviews.   

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Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria EA 31/2016/Nigeria/Lake Chad Basin Crisis Final External Evaluation

BACKGROUND

This section should include a brief description of:

-the history of the programme, including its objectives, main activities, budgetary information, duration;

The Emergency Appeal Programme as launched by Caritas Internalis (EA31/2016) was borne out of the huge humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin of Nigeria, occassioned the massive scale of hostilities orchestrated by some terrorist groups in the North-East of Nigeria, popularly known as Boko Haram. UN OCHA in 2015/2016 reported 2.2 million persons as being displaced by this crisis, with a slight improvement to about 1.7 million persons are still internally displaced as at 2017, there are still large scale displacements in Borno and Admawa States with reports of forced returns of some IDPs to areas that are still not very safe and secure. There have been continuous reports of massive violations of human rights on a daily basis. The food security situation has been extremely concerning, as conflict continues to limit the amount of land under cultivation and 3.7 million persons are expected to face critical levels of food insecurity during the upcoming lean season (June through September 2018).

 

Project Objective: Improved access to Nutrition, Livelihoods, WASH, and Health of 9,000 vulnerable IDPs, returnees and host community members in Hawul and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno State, in North Eastern Nigeria.

 

– The relationship between the programme and past/future interventions;

-The main stakeholders of the programme (e.g. CI MOs; Diocesan Caritas, local Church, local government, the UN, peer agencies etc.); the partnerships and frameworks of collaboration;

The Project is run with support from CI-MOs. Caritas Nigeria is the coordinating body with direct interface with Caritas Internationalis, while JDPC Maiduguri is the direct implementing body. The project is implemented using a vast array of Community mobilizers, Volunteers, Field officers and Extension Agents, who work to ensure overall project success.

-The rationale for the evaluation.

Amongst many reasons, the rationale for the proposed Evaluation includes the following:

  • The reason activities have or have not been implemented as planned or were adapted?
  • Did the intervention have an impact? Why or why not? How and for whom did it have an impact?
  • To what extent can the measured or observed changes be attributed to the intervention?
  • Did the intervention have any unintended consequences?
  • Is the intervention cost effective? Can the cost be compared with alternatives to investment, in other words, could the results have been reached with less input?

 

If the intervention was successful, can it be replicated to other settings and if so, in which settings?  Can it be adapted, replicated or built on to increase its reach or scope (for a larger population or a different region)?

 

OBJECTIVES

The final evaluation will focus on the following key objectives:

  • Assess the relevance, appropriateness, effectiveness, accountability and impact/sustainability of the programme;
  • Assess the effectiveness of the leadership of Caritas Nigeria in coordinating the dioceses and CI MOs within the EA31 2016
  • Identify lessons learned, best practices and recommendations to inform future programme design.

KEY QUESTIONS

Relevance/appropriateness

  • Was programme design based on an impartial assessment of needs? Are needs assessments disaggregated by age, sex and disability? Do they include people’s needs, vulnerabilities and capacities?
  • Did the assistance provided by Caritas Nigeria meet the needs of the affected population? Were the persons most in need identified, selected, and supported by the programme?
  • Which parts of the assistance were the most appropriate and why? Which were least appropriate and why? Were activities aligned with the affected population’s needs and priorities?
  • Were recommendations and learning from past reviews and evaluations applied to the response?

Effectiveness

  • Was the response timely?
  • What internal and external factors affected the speed of the response?
  • Was the internal organizational and managerial structure of the project effective?
  • Were there appropriate systems in place to monitor activities, outputs and outcomes of the programme? Did monitoring outcomes inform programme adjustments/revisions?
  • Did the project activities lead towards the achievement of the expected results/indicators as set in the Results Framework?

Accountability

  • To what extent has the affected population been involved in the design or implementation of the programme?
  • Were appropriate systems of downwards accountability (participation, information sharing and feedback/complaints), put in place and used by project participants? Were project participants aware of the feedback/complaints mechanism?
  • Were project participants and communities aware of selection criteria?
  • Were project participants and communities aware of the assistance they should receive?

Coordination

  • How effective was Caritas Nigeria in coordinating internally?
  • How effective was Caritas Nigeria in coordinating the dioceses and CI MOs?
  • How effective was Caritas Nigeria in coordinating with external stakeholders such as other agencies, organisations, the local and national government?
  • What aspects of coordination could be improved in the future and how?

Impact/Sustainability

  • Has Caritas Nigeria’s response strengthened local capacities?
  • What are the intended and unintended, positive and negative effects of the project?
  • What, if any, aspects of the programme will have a longer-term impact?

METHODOLOGY

Example:

The final evaluation will rely on two main evaluation stages (1) design phase (2) field phase

Design phase

  • The evaluator(s) will undertake a desk review of programme documentation including planning documents, project proposals, situation reports and quarterly reports;
  • The evaluator(s) will also review other relevant documentation such as minutes of decision-making meetings, 3W mappings of Caritas Nigeria’s response, consolidated situation reports of Caritas Nigeria’s response (if applicable);
  • The evaluator(s) will review other monitoring and reporting documents from secondary sources (i.e UNHCR reports).
  • If appropriate, the evaluator(s) will obtain feedback from the CI HD on the most relevant sites to visit.

Field phase

  • After the design phase, the evaluator(s) will conduct fieldwork to collect and analyse data in order to answer the evaluation questions;
  • Data collection methods should be inclusive and utilise a range of methods, including focus group discussions and key informant interviews and with key project stakeholders. The use of surveys and other remote data collection tools should also be explored by the evaluators to maximise data collection;
  • The evaluator(s) should ensure a systematic triangulation of data sources and data collection methods and tools, and seek to validate data through regular exchanges with programme staff where appropriate.
  1. EXPECTED OUTPUTS

The evaluator(s) should produce the following key deliverables:

  • Draft Evaluation Report to be submitted to Caritas Nigeria/ CI support mechanism (if applicable) and the CI Humanitarian Department
  • Final Evaluation Report inclusive of:

 

  • Executive Summary
  • Background
  • Introduction
  • Context
  • Description of Methodology
  • Main findings
  • Conclusions inclusive of best practices and lessons learned

USE OF THE EVALUATION RESULTS

The intended audience for the evaluation are Caritas Nigeria key staff, including senior management, CI MOs who have supported the programme, the Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Department and the Caritas Confederation. Evaluation findings will be shared with programme participants as appropriate.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

The competencies required from the External Evaluator are:

  • Advanced degree in social sciences, political sciences, economics, development or related fields;
  • Experience in leading evaluations, especially in the field of humanitarian response;
  • Ability to use participatory approaches to evaluation;
  • Experience of operational management of humanitarian/development programmes;
  • Good knowledge of the local context;
  • Good analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing skills in a CI Confederation language (EN/FR/ES);
  • Any other appropriate language skills;
  • Understanding of the Catholic Church and Caritas structure and mission.

CONSULTANT’S PROPOSAL 

Proposals should include:

  • Proposed evaluation methodology (if different from above);
  • Description of deliverables and a timeline;
  • A financial proposal including the cost implication for other evaluators if any;
  • CV(s) of evaluator(s).

TIME FRAME

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Evaluation phase Activities Dates # of Days
Preparatory Initial Rapid Assessments 11-06-2018 1
2. Stakeholder Consultations 11-06-2018 1
Design Proposal Design 12-06-2018 1
2. Set-up of project control mechanisms 12-06-2018 1
3. Selection of priority sectors and locations 12-06-2018 1
Field phase Project Start-up Sensitization 13-06-2018 1
2. Formation and engagement of Community Implementation  committee. 13-06-2018 1
3. Project implementation 13-06-2018 1
4. Monitoring and Evaluation 13-06-2018 1
5. Coordination meetings 13-06-2018 1
Reporting 1st interim report 14-06-2018 1
2. 2nd interim report 14-06-2018 1
3. 3rd interim report 14-06-2018 1
4. Consolidated Situation Reports 14-06-2018 1
5. Final report 15-06-2018 1
Total 5 days

 

 

 

 

END OF PROJECT EVALUATION – TERMS OF REFERENCE

  1. Summary

Caritas Nigeria seeks the services of a Consultant/Evaluator to perform an end of project evaluation of the CRS Nigeria – funded Institutional Capacity Program (ICS). The evaluation shall be carried out in the period in August 2018.

 

  1. Organizational Background

Caritas Nigeria was established in September 2010, by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), as the specialized national relief and human development agency with the mandate for overall coordination of development and humanitarian programs on behalf of the Catholic Church in Nigeria. The legal name of the organization is Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), it is known as Caritas Nigeria.  

 

The Catholic Church in Nigeria has a total of 55 dioceses grouped into nine provinces which cover the entire geographical spread of Nigeria. Caritas Nigeria serves as the umbrella organization supporting these regional institutions to implement development-oriented programs based on local needs. As part of the universal mission, Caritas Nigeria targets beneficiaries by rights and need, and not based on creed, race or nationality.

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Project Background

The Institutional Capacity Strengthening Initiative (ICS) is a five-year project aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of Catholic Church development structures (specifically JDPC units) for better quality and improved coordination of programs.

This project will further empower the Caritas Nigeria lead Church Dioceses and Provinces in a participatory organizational self-assessment and action planning process through the Holistic Organizational Capacity Assessment Initiative (HOCAI) mechanism. This initiative will be conducted Province by Province over a five years period.

This plan is a core component of Caritas Nigeria’s national mandate as outlined by the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). This mandate provides for Caritas Nigeria to strengthen the institutional capacity of Catholic Church development structures and coordinate programs and interventions.

The first year of the program implementation began in Benin Province, followed by Abuja Province in 2015. 2016 saw the program being implemented in Calabar and Owerri provinces, while Jos and Kaduna Provinces benefitted from the program in 2017. Currently now its fifth and final year, the program will be implemented in Lagos and Ibadan provinces.

To achieve the strategic objective of the program, the following activities are conducted:

  • Baseline Assessment
  • Capacity Building Workshops
  • Resource Mobilization Workshop
  • Disbursement of Small Grant to JDPCs
  • Technical Assistance to Partners
  • Coordination Meetings
  • Monitoring Visit
  • Endline Assessment

 

III. The audience for the Review

The primary audiences for the evaluation are Caritas Nigeria and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The review will also benefit other stakeholders, including the beneficiaries of the work of Caritas Nigeria (JDPCs).

The results of this evaluation are primarily intended for internal use by Caritas Nigeria to inform future improvements and learning. Results and findings will also be shared with the funder, Catholic Relief Services for accountability purposes.

 

  1. Objectives of the Evaluation

The objectives of this evaluation are to:

  1. Undertake an evaluation to assess the projects:
  2. a) Relevance – the extent to which the objectives were consistent with beneficiaries’ needs and priorities
  3. b) Effectiveness – the extent to which the targeted project objectives were achieved (or are expected to be achieved)
  4. c) Sustainability – the extent to which the benefits are likely to continue after the project e
  5. d) Impact – where possible, the long-term effects produced by the project (directly, indirectly, intended, unintended, positive and negative).

The evaluation should assess the above in relation to two central broad questions:

  1. What changes/ outcomes/achievements have taken place?
  2. How have these changes/ outcomes/achievements been brought about?

 

  1. Methodology

The evaluation should consist of:

(a) Review of project documentation: Review of archived material related to the project. This could include, but is not restricted to: annual and quarterly reports, communications between Caritas Nigeria and Catholic Relief Services, the original project proposal document, the basic ‘logic chain’, all relevant project records and data, training materials etc. this information will be provided to the evaluator by Caritas Nigeria. The evaluator would also be expected to review any other relevant statistics and secondary sources.

(b) Development of an evaluation approach and data collection tools / methods: this should include;

  • Detailed time line and work plan
  • Outline of any proposed changes to the scope of the evaluation
  • Key learning questions
  • Proposed sampling framework
  • Development of associated data collection and evaluation tools

(c) Participate in an inception briefing with Caritas Nigeria: This should take place immediately prior to the development of the inception report

(d) Field visits: Field visits will take place in 5 Catholic Dioceses, and should include an agreed sample of participants and stakeholders. This is expected to require between 2 weeks, depending on the exact methodology.

(e) Submit a draft evaluation report that corresponds to the requirements outlined below in the ‘Deliverables’ section.

(f) Submit a final evaluation report: incorporating any relevant feedback from Caritas Nigeria.

 

  1. Deliverables

Deliverables should include the following:

  • An evaluation work plan, including planned timeline, methodology/approach, data collection and analysis tools, qualitative and quantitative protocols for data collection and analysis
  • Any suggested improvements to existing evaluation scope, as outlined in this document
  • Presentation of preliminary findings
  • One (1) electronic file of the clean (final) qualitative and quantitative data collected
  • Final evaluation report

Reporting

The consultant will report to the Caritas Nigeria ICS Program Manager for all issues related to logistics and fieldwork.

Duration & Deadlines

The duration of the contract will be a total of one month, starting from the first of August 2018 to the end of August 2018.

 

VII. Evaluator’s Competencies

Evaluator competencies

  • Sound understanding of Capacity building; Sound knowledge on program development;
  • Knowledge of evaluation activities;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis skills;
  • Academic degree in social sciences and other related fields;
  • Demonstrated technical skills in project evaluations;
  • Ability to produce well written, analytical reports in English
  • Prior experiences of evaluating programs will be an added advantage

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PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF CARITAS NIGERIA

PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF CARITAS NIGERIA AND JUSTICE DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (JDPC) AFTER A CONFERENCE CALL WITH DIOCESAN DIRECTORS HELD ON THE 2ND OF FEBRUARY 2018 ON THE RECURRENT INSECURITY AND THE PREPARATIONS TOWARDS A POLITICAL TRANSITION

 

Preamble: Caritas Nigeria and JDPC are organs of relief and development of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria. They are located within 56 ecclesiastical jurisdictions that are coterminous with the geographical entity called Nigeria, with a national office in Abuja. Caritas Nigeria and JDPC serve the needy irrespective of religion, ethnicity or political affiliation.

A Reign of Terror:Caritas Nigeria and JDPC are shocked that human life is gradually becoming a statistic of deaths in Nigeria. Whether it is the death of a Boko Haram terrorist or the death of an innocent farmer or community member hacked down by a herdsman or the death of a herdsmanas a result of reprisal attacks or aggression, Nigeria is fast becoming  a violent desert with cesspools of blood as oases scattered in the North East, North Central, South East, South South and South West. In the name of our common humanity and in the name of the God we all serve, THIS MUST STOP!  Life is a precious gift of God and we must be careful to not raise a generation that gets used to devaluing human life  and sees violent death as a regular feature of life.

Failed State:Whatever the root causes of this violence a more fundamental cause is the security architecturewhich is susceptible to defeat by groups and individuals who have now become shareholders of the instruments of violence, as the state has virtually lost its monopoly and weakened its capacity. Nigeria must stop playing politics with security of lives and property and adopt strategies that would facilitate the well being of all and not just a few powerful individuals or groups with capacity to capture theimmunity to kill and immunity from arrest and prosecution whether as kidnappers, herdsmen, terrorists or militants.

Culture is Dynamic: We cannot keep insisting that a particular way of life must be upheld just because it is the culture of the people, even when the nuisance value keeps multiplying. Culture is dynamic not static. After all are not herding cattle all over the place. We must be careful to not condemn the poor to their predicament just because they are not aware that they have better options. Justice demands that even if one is not aware of his rights and privileges he should be assisted to acquire them. However Nigerians must not degenerate to a state where we stigmatize a certain people and refuse to open our arms in welcome even when they mean no harm to us. Caritas Nigeria/JDPC believe that Nigerian communities, without the interference of politicians, have resilient measures that make for mutual respect and conflict prevention and mitigation. Politicians and social media activists should avoid sowing seeds of discord that would give rise to a violent transition come 2019.

States that have accepted to establish multiple ranches or colonies should therefore accelerate the implementation so that nomadic herdsmen could have places where they would breed their herd. We advise government to grant loans to private enterprises or to the various state governments who want to establish these multiple ranches  and put measures in place where it is transparent to everyone that these monies would be recovered from the taxes and charges.

Devolution of more powers to the states will ensure that internal migrants who are welcome to local communities do not usurp local chieftaincies, even if they turn out to be in the majority. The national Assembly could promote legislation that guarantees the chieftaincies of local populations against the usurpation of migrants. However political representation could be open to all.

Compensation: Also the Federal Government should establish a Compensation Fund for families of victims who die in these conflicts.

Voter Registration: Caritas Nigeria/JDPC use this medium to also appeal to INEC to do something to overcome the suspicion that voter registration is deliberately made difficult for people in some parts of the country while it is facilitated and fast tracked even for under-aged in some other parts. While there will be unavoidable logistical issues, INEC must not give room to be seen as partisan.

A Note of Caution: As Nigerians, we must be conscious of the horrendous experiences of other nations and learn our lessons: the one million people killed in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the Central Africa Republic civil war between 2012 and 2014 whose effects are still lingering, and now the Cameroun political crisis. We are yet to recover from the Boko Haram terrorism which is still raging. Government must put aside all sentiments and deal with the herdsmen issue.

 

Signed
Fr. Evaristus Bassey

Message from Episcopal Chairman

Caritas is at the heart of the Church, according to Pope Francis. Caritas indeed is one of the three planks on which the Church’s mission stands. The Church’s mission is an integrated mission to evangelize, to nurture and to show love. This is expressed  succinctly in Deus Caritas Est when Pope Benedict XVI said “The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia) and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable” (Deus Caritas Est, 25).

This stand was reiterated in the Motu Proprio on Caritas which Benedict XVI issued in November 2012. The work of charity is therefor not an after thought or one that is relegated to only one struggling society. It is the joy and the burden  f the entire faithful.

Charity is also not a restricted activity of individuals; groups, communities, nations could do charity. ‘The church is also called as a whole to the exercise of the diakonia of charity, whether in the small communities of particular churches or on the level of the universal Church’ (Cf Motu Proprio).

 

Charity cannot be a haphazard activity. Pope Benedict XVI insisted it must be something organized. Although there is  the natural instinct to love and care, charity cannot depend exclusively on instinct or impulse but through a rational process of organization. This is why it is extremely important to coordinate. Coordination begins at the local community/parish level to the diocesan, provincial and subsequently the national office, with has this overall mandate on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

Ever since its establishment, Caritas Nigeria has been doing its best to coordinate activities in the relief and development sector on behalf of the CBCN. This is a no mean task especially considering the autonomous nature of the diocesan institutions. However, the Church is a communion and by nature collaborative. Caritas Nigera would continue to do its best to work along and with the institution it coordinates in spite of perceived challenges.

As a Board, we shall continue to support the mandate and the strategies of Caritas Nigeria so that it becomes not only a world-class organization but a dependable support to those that are most in need.

 

Our prayer and work therefor is to see Caritas Nigeria fulfill its mission, which is to promote the dignity of all, through participatory measures in line with Church’s tradition of practical love and teaching. I urge every stakeholder not only to read this annual report of 2014 but to buy into the vision and mission of Caritas Nigeria and sacrifice towards its strategic objectives.

This was a Forward message by Most. Rev. Lucius Ugorji to the 2014 Annual Report of Caritas Nigeria/JDPC.

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Food for All Campaign

The One Human Family, Food for All campaign by the confederation of Caritas around the world is part of the global efforts of Caritas Internationalis to end hunger in the world through the provision of humanitarian and development interventions around the world. The goal of the campaign is to uphold human dignity by ending hunger by 2025 on all continents.

The campaign was launched on the 10th of December 2013, with a global wave of prayer by Caritas in various countries and at the Caritas Internationalis Headquarters in Rome by the Holy Father Pope Francis.

In Nigeria, Caritas joined the global wave of prayer and had a press launch where the Executive Secretary Fr. Evaristus Bassey remarked that “right from time, the Catholic Church has been involved in the provision of services and one of the cardinal works of mercy is to feed the hungry. The Church is very passionate about the theme of this campaign which is emphasizing that every individual has the right to food”.  He further emphasized that the Church will continue to engage and advise government on the need to address corruption and eradicate poverty in Nigeria. He also stated that whatever the Church can do even in terms of provision of services it will continue to do so.

 

The One Human Family, Food for All campaign is still ongoing with various activities lined up for Caritas Nigeria in the course of 2014.

Health and HIV

All around the world, the Catholic Church is one of the biggest health providers. In Nigeria, the Catholic Church has 1384 Health facilities mostly spread across underserved and hard-to-reach communities in the 36 states of Nigeria, providing varying levels of healthcare delivery services and humanitarian assistance to the poor, vulnerable and excluded persons regardless of race or religion.

 

Sustainable HIV/AIDS care and Treatment Action In Nigeria (SUSTAIN) Program

Caritas Nigeria is currently implementing the five years comprehensive HIV care, prevention and treatment grant titled Sustainable HIV Care and Treatment Action in Nigeria (SUSTAIN) funded by the United States Government through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Caritas Nigeria is one of the five CDC Nigeria’s Lead Implementing Partners with the mandate to coordinate HIV care and treatment interventions in faith based health facilities. The goal of the program is “Morbidity and mortality due to HIV infection is reduced in Nigeria.”

 

The SUSTAIN Project works through faith based health facilities to target people living and affected by HIV and AIDS in underserved and hard to reach communities in 12 states in Nigeria. The goal of the project is to saturate all faith based health facilities with required HIV care and treatment services in communities where there are needs. SUSTAIN provides value-based prevention education, treatment, care and support to people living with or affected by HIV in Nigeria. In line with the national plan to eliminate Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT), SUSTAIN has a strong focus on preventing new infections in women of childbearing age, creating demand for uptake of antenatal care, and providing access to prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services for pregnant mothers.

The SUSTAIN Project presently supports about 100,000 people living and affected with HIV and AIDS with necessary services across 120 sites comprising of comprehensive care and treatment healthcare facilities, stand-alone PMTCT facilities and community based organizations. Caritas Nigeria currently works in 12 states of Nigeria, namely; Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kogi, Nassarawa, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Plateau States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

Caritas Nigeria’s priority on the SUSTAIN Project is in line with the priority of the Government of Nigeria and CDC Nigeria to scale up HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment services in Nigeria.  Caritas Nigeria’s focus is to strengthen the health systems in faith based healthcare facilities and the capacity of coordinating faith based health departments and organizations to support the national agenda while we continue to expand services to underserved communities and improve the quality of services.  It advocates with governments, international organizations and drug companies for universal access to cost-effective and suitable medicines.

 

Caritas Nigeria is focused on improving the quality of services across all service delivery points by providing regular technical assistance, onsite and offsite training and mentoring, strengthen our strategic information program and promoting operational research activities.

The followings are some notable accomplishments of Caritas Nigeria’s work on the SUSTAIN program:

HIV Care, Treatment and Prevention

• 77,083 adults and children provided with care

• 46,656 adults and children with HIV infection are receiving antiretroviral therapy (current).

• 110,180 pregnant women were tested for HIV.

• 7,190 HIV positive pregnant women received ARVs to prevent transmission of HIV to their children.

• 406,091 individuals received counselling and testing services for HIV.

• 7,892 Orphans and Vulnerable Children received support services.

• 4,817 individuals (in-school and out-of-school youths) reached with HIV prevention interventions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the ES/CEO

Recently I overheard a fellow cleric asking someone for the address of a certain public agency. I couldn’t hold myself from jumping in and giving him the directions. I wanted to also use the occasion and teach a lesson.

So I interjected and said: “Why do we waste time asking people things we could ask Google?
Just Google it”. We all laughed about it. But we all knew that a new era was at hand, the era of a click. Just a click away and we could get whatever information we require from the cyber-world, although there is a flip side: information deluge. Notwithstanding, no agency could truly be in business in these cyber-times without making an effort to sign-post itself to visitors, passers-by and seekers.

 

Caritas Nigeria has the mission of advancing the dignity of all through participatory measures in line with Catholic Social Teaching, and a vision of fullness of life to all. In a world that is full of inequalities, this mission and vision has become even more urgent to actualize. Pope Francis has said that the Church is called to “mediate a dialogue between the well off and the urban remnants or half citizens or non- citizens.” (Evageli Gaudi no,74). Caritas Nigeria, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, is established to engage in this dialogue, a dialogue of action for the poor. Springing from one human family with God as our heavenly Father and Maker, all human beings are brothers and sisters. Therefore the world’s 7 billion siblings have to have a care for each other. Thank God world leaders are rising to the occasion with the Post 2015 sustainable development agenda with the declaration to end poverty by 2030, and to do all things possible to enhance People, Planet and Prosperity. Caritas Nigeria, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, is set to be a leader in this campaign in our part of the world through its programs and outreaches.

 

Pope Francis has said in Laudato Si, the encyclical on ecology, that everything is connected. “When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities…it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.”(Laudato Si, 117).

 

Caritas Nigeria joins in promoting an integral ecology in which the realization that we are all part of nature and of one origin, would help us care for others and our world. Caritas Nigeria invites everyone to a positive connectivity, where everyone cares for the prosperity of others and our world. A simple gesture towards supporting the mission of Caritas Nigeria could lead to a reduction of the number of those who live in the fringes.

 

This is a time for those who live in the North to reach directly to those in the South and have greater value for their money. This is a time in which those who live in the South should know that no one is too helpless to help, and so even the feeble can give strength with a smile.  The needs are enormous, and only a world united in action could answer to those needs. Jesus the Christ became poor in order to enrich others. Mahatma Ghandhi had said there was enough for everyone’s need but not enough for everyone’s greed.

 

Caritas Nigeria therefore invites everyone to a new solidarity. As Pope Francis has said, solidarity is not a mere feeling or wish to identify with others, but a conscious decision ‘to restore to the poor what belongs to them’ (Francis, 2013 no 189). A new mindset of the ‘universal destination’ of the resources of the earth should be part of our life; in other words our sense of entitlement to our property gets diluted with the poverty around us. Could anyone truly regard him/herself as rich when there is so much poverty around? We are not helpless. We can do something, we can support Caritas Nigeria.

 

Thank you for visiting our website. May God bless you as you support the poor that you may never meet but whose prayers shall forever be with you!

 

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