Welcome to CARITAS, GULU ARCHDIOCESE

RAISING HOPE (SOCIAL SERVICES SUPPORT)

 The social services department responds to the psychosocial support need of the Church. Within our strategic framework, it seeks to invest in services and activities that will empower communities to address their social and psychological needs by supporting progressives community networks and facilitation of community peace and reconciliation initiatives as well working with those programs that will elevate the youth to recognizable entities and viable constituencies that is self-reliant and supportive of general community undertakings.

Currently the department is engaged in projects working with children’s welfare, women empowerment and domestic violence, older person’s social welfare and innovation of community appropriate technologies in Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, Pader and Agago districts. It is anticipated that these social undertakings can be implemented in the whole Archdiocese.

 Technology and Innovation Centre

 Caritas is building a center (Tet Centre) in partnership with IDIN under a five years agreement that started in October 2012. It is located in Pader Town Council.  The idea started in 2009 as an activity under UUSC founded project to promote awareness among the community of Lira Palwo and Pajule Sub Counties. It was on the premise that community could do something by themselves to change their living conditions, since they were undergoing the process of camp phase out. It was then developed into an innovation and technology Centre.

The goal of this center is: To be on a global network of change makers who participates on the design, development and dissemination of innovations that address key development challenges associated with poverty, while building capacity in communities for local innovation and creative problem-solving. This was done through developing and disseminating technology information to address key development challenges; to Empower, train and support more community members and to Increase knowledge and adoption of new technologies.

Support to OVC and their households

 The Sustainable Comprehensive Responses for Vulnerable Children and their families’ project (SCORE) has its goal to reduce the vulnerability of critically vulnerable children and their households. The objectives are; To improve the socio-economic status of the vulnerable children’s households; To improve the food security and nutrition status of vulnerable children and their household members, To increase the availability of protection and legal services for vulnerable children and their household members and To increase capacity of vulnerable women and children and their households to access, acquire or provide critical services.

Support to Older Person Associations

The Improved Income Security for Older Persons Project is being funded through Help Age International (HAI) by IrishAid, AFFORD Programme {Accountability and Fulfilment for Older people in order to Raise their Dignity} geared towards ensuring that older persons fulfil their potentials to lead dignified, active healthy and secure lives through promoting the rights of OPs to equal access to fundamental services—health/development opportunities

It is contributing towards ensuring that older men and women access age friendly social protection, health and HIV/AIDS services as well as embedment of older people’s rights in national, regional and international legislation and policies to fulfil their potentials to lead dignified, active healthy and secure lives.

 Mitigating the effects of nodding syndrome

 The Integrated Support to Mitigate the Suffering of Households Affected by Nodding Syndrome’s project came into being in October 2013 following a one year pilot period and it is being implemented in 4 sub counties. It came in response to the pandemic caused by the nodding syndrome/ disease whose cause has yet remained unknown despite many researches that have been conducted by the district of Pader with support from the Ministry of Health.

This project is meant to contribute to the mitigation of the suffering caused by the Nodding Syndrome to the communities in Acholi Sub region. Others are to improve knowledge on Nodding Syndrome and reduced stigma of the affected households; develop initiatives to respond and care for the households of Nodding Syndrome and to provide adequate food to the affected children and their households.

 

 Responding and preventing Domestic Violence

 The Community Based Activities to Reduce Domestic Violence project was piloted in Pajule and Angagura. It was meant to promote peaceful and prosperous society where women and men are free from domestic violence. The Specific Objectives are to reduce domestic violence, increase access to services and build capacity of stakeholders to play their parts in domestic violence responses.

This situation came as a result of Post war traumatic stress disorder emanating itself in the forms of drug abuse, loss of hope, emotion and break down in social norms and values.

DEVELOPMENT AND LIVELIHOODS

 Under development and livelihood initiatives, CARITAS works toward supporting improved community infrastructural development, sanitation and increased agricultural production and productivity. The initiatives include improvements in provision of agricultural inputs technologies and related knowledge for sustained development. To support social groups as engine of development and engages the youths in the service of their community. To support of education initiatives like building of private latrines for girls that may encourage them to stay longer in school. The component will undertake wealth creations among the community and provide better access to law and order towards promotion of justice system.

The department is focusing on mitigating the impacts of decades of insurgency on the lives of the people of Acholi Sub-region. In this regard Caritas continued to provide support toward building community infrastructure to improve on community productivity, training in governance and human rights, environmental conservation, HIV/AIDs and environmental conservation

 Support to community livelihoods and welfare

Integrated Program for Good Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods(IPGSL)project is building civic confidence about democratic processes; target group’s knowledge about and ability to practice and respect rule of law;  improved livelihoods and food security; use environmentally sustainable agricultural methods and practices;  sensitized on HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention, and control and strengthened Caritas’s capacity and competency as an agent of change.

These efforts are directly in line with the Republic of Uganda’s 2010-2014 National Development Plan which promote improved livelihoods, good governance and gender equality; and pillar one, six and seven of the MDGs respectively.

 Integrated Food Security Project.

 Integrated Food Security Project is a three (3) year project being implemented in Kitgum and Lamwo Districts in Northern Uganda  with funding from Catholic Agency For Oversea Development (CAFOD) spanning from 2014-2016. The Project  is in its second year of implementation  in Orom Sub County in Kitgum District  and but it is in its first year in Plabek Gem Sub County in Lamwo District. The project goal is to support the returned communities in Acholi sub region realize sustainable food security and increased access to safe clean water and improved hygiene and sanitation. The expected outcomes are; target households have increased food production and income levels, communities are able to cope up with the effects of disasters and climate change and the households have increased access to safe clean water and improved Hygiene and sanitation

 EMERGENCY, RELIEF AND REHABILITATION

The emergency, relief and rehabilitation component responds to emergency situations in communities. The intervention in emergencies both natural and manmade seeks to see the decrease in disaster by supporting disaster risk reduction activities. These include early warning systems as well as the organization of community groups on best response mechanisms.

The department has been supporting the local communities in the return and resettlement processes since 2006. This has been done through different socio-economic development, emergency relief and rehabilitation, climate change adaptation, environmental management and disaster risk reduction interventions.

Over the past 6 years (2009-2014), Caritas has been implementing Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) Projects in the Community. They are expected toanalyze their disaster risks and develop and implement their own development plans with the objective increasing their resilience to disasters and other forms of climate change impact through preparedness, readiness and mitigation, prevention and adaptation measures.

Emergency support to South Sudanese Refugees

 With the influx of Sudanese Refugees in Adjumani District, Caritas is playing a role in the emergency response through provision of non-food items, WASH programme, Food security and environmental conservationEmergency Caritas targets WASH programme such as provision of building materials for latrine construction, sinking boreholes and the general hygiene promotion. Support to rights to play and education through support play materials, pitches and construction of learning centres. Caritas also ventures into food security and environmental conservation both within the resettlement camps and the host community besides provision of youth with life skills.