Caritas Nigeria shares in the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world.
This mission is inspired by the Gospel, the teachings of the Catholic Church, the socio-pastoral orrientations of our pastors, and the cultural and religious beliefs of the African people. Caritas Nigeria strives to build flourishing communities in Nigera, where love, reconciliation, justice, peace and properity prevail; where each member of the community of the community contributes to the common good, where the resources of teh environment are used responsibly and for the good of all, where there is no more corruption, violation of human rights, exploitation of the poor by the rich people, where the dignitiy of all women, men and children is promoted.
To achieve its goals, Caritas:
– carries out her social-pastoral ministry of serving accompanying and defending the poor and the marginalized according to the Gospel and the Teachings of the Catholic Church;
– works in synergy with other social-pastoral institutions of the Church in Nigeria to promote the spirituality of social action in conformity with the teachings of the Church, to respond to emergency situations, to support community development with the participation of those concerned;
– facilitates and coordinates the efforts of its provincial and diocesan partners to ensure that their capacity is strengthened for effective progrram interventions to the poor
SACREDNESS AND DIGNITY OF HUMAN PERSON
Our dignity and sacredness stems from the very fact of being human. Each persons is therefore special and unique.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
All persons have basic rights and responsibilities that flow from being human, regardless of any social or political structures.
SOCIAL NATURE OF HUMANITY
All of us are social by nature and are called to live in community with others; our full human potential is not realized in solitude, but in community with others.
THE COMMON GOOD
In order for all of us to have an opportunity to grow and develop fully, a certain social fabric must exist within society. This is the common good.
A higher level of government — or organization — should not perform any function or duty that can be handled more effectively at a lower level.
We are all part of one human family. What concerns any religion or country should concern us.
OPTION FOR THE POOR
In every decision, a weighted concern must be given to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.
Careful stewardship of all our resources, ensuring that we use and distribute them justly and equitably and planning for future.
Conscious of the needs of women, men and children in service delivery and working purposely towards gender equality.
Every catholic institution adopts these Core values of Catholic social teachings including CCFN. As CCFN we need to make these core values operational and unique to all of us.
Caritas Nigeria has a Board of Trustees (BOT) which are the legal owners, and who bear all legal responsibilities for the organization. The Trustees appointed a Board of Directors who perform oversight functions over the organization.
CCFN Board of Directors serve for a period of 5 years and a maximum of 2 terms while members who are appointed by virtue of their office (ex-officio), continue to serve on the Board for as long as they are in office.
The day to day running of Caritas Nigeria is by an Executive Secretary who is the Chief Executive Officer. The ES/CEO is also Director of Church and Society at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, and the National Secretary of Justice and Peace. He is the Secretary of the Board of Directors.
Caritas Nigeria was established in September 2010 by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), as a specialized national development agency with a mandate for overall coordination of development programs of the Catholic Church in Nigeria.
It is also an arm of the Church and Society Department of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN). Though The legal name of the organization is Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), she is popularly known and addressed Caritas Nigeria.