Caritas Gboko is an official social development arm of the Catholic Diocese of Gboko. It has been built on the values of Love, Concern, Justice, Peace Unity, Sharing and brotherhood. It draws inspiration from the Gospel and aims at integral development of people irrespective of race and creed. Hence the objectives of Caritas Gboko specifically include the following:
- To promote and strengthen activities that are aimed at the integral development of communities particularly to help in Sustainable Agriculture, empowerment program, economic program, Welfare program, Vocational Training, comprehensive health program, Home Care program for persons with HIV/AIDS, Centre for Child Mental Health.
- To channelize the energies of the people towards constructive national work in the socio-economic, educational health and the cultural field.
- To cooperate and collaborate with government and NGOs both national and International whose objectives are in accordance with the aims of Caritas.
- To educate people and make them conscious and concerned about self-reliance social justice, cooperation and related human values.
- To involve directly or through Church structures wherever available in the promotion of Human development. Solidarity and partnership with the poor and the marginalized. Journeying with the poor, discernment and discovering.
- The development of poor and the marginalized.
- Educate the poor to look at critically the social forces, which keep them in poverty and build their capacity to fight against poverty and misery.
- Make them conscious and concerned about human values, dignity and self-reliance.
- Appreciate people's perspective to their problems, programs and development
Though after the Pol Pot Regime people who fled away have came back to their places in the country, practicing religion was fully banned under the Communist Regime. This continued till March 1990. In April 1990 freedom to practice religion was given to Cambodians.What Does Caritas Mean?
The word Caritas comes from Latin. It means Charity and Love. The name connotes the Church’s efforts to bring compassion and love to humanity.The Diocese of Gboko.
The Catholic Diocese of Gboko was carved 4 years ago exactly on the 3rd July, 2014 from the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, under the leadership of His Lordship Late Most Rev. Athanasius Usu. Catholic Diocese Gboko is headed by His Lordship Most Rev. William AvenyaSystem and Organizational Structure
Since 2004, Caritas Cambodia’s management is Khmer. However the basic management structure needs to be reviewed in light of the present structural planning. The institutional management is ensured by:
- A council including the bishop and the secretary general and deputy secretary general, meeting twice a year
- A governing body insisting of the chairman, secretary general, deputy secretary general, coordinators and programs directors, meeting three times a year and whenever needed. The chairman is the bishop in charge of Caritas.
Coordinator: The administrative running of Caritas Gboko is manned by the Coordinator, who is appointment by the Bishop of Gboko. The Coordinator is also the Chief Executive Officer (ED) and Head of monitoring, he reports to the Bishop and it 5 Board members. Presently the Coordinator is, Rev Fr. Emmanuel ASUE, with a vast knowledge of development management. The organization does carry it activities under the operational units.
Program Department: This department is made of various functional units put in place to achieve the set objectives of Caritas Gboko. Presently, the organization has 7 desk officers sharing the tasks of the 6 departments due to lack of funds; these Desks Officers manned the operations under the leadership of the Head of Programmes (HOP) Robert Abuul.
Financial and Administrative Unit: This unit is responsible for managing the organization’s financial transaction and ensuring that all transaction abide by required standards. The department also oversee admin operations.
Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E): This unit oversee the monitoring or organization’s activities, evaluation of what has been done and tracking of achievements.
Caritas Gboko has a Board of Trustees of five members with the Bishop of Gboko Most Rev William AVENYA as the chairman and legal holder and the Coordinator as secretary to the board. The board meets bi annually to look at Caritas Reports and decide on important matters regarding the growth of the organization. The organization also has a commission which meets more often, their composition is as follows:
- The Bishop of Gboko
- The Vicar General
- The Dean of Gboko
- The Chancellor
- women Representative
- The Coordinator of Caritas Gboko
The operations of Caritas Gboko are approved the team of Deanery Coordinators of 9 who meet every 3 month with the Bishop in attendance at some instances. All issues and intervention are tabled before this group and decisions jointly agreed upon. All of members have equal opportunities in decisions taken by the group; this is done to reflect the mindset of the entire members of Caritas composition.
The project governance approach is designed using bottom top approach. The justice and peace committees at the community level identify a problem, pass it to the Zonal Coordinator, then to the Deanery Coordinator and finally to the Diocesan Caritas Office. Reporting of activities is done using the same structures. It is the belief of Caritas Gboko that project initiated by community themselves has a better sustainability than those brought from outside. Attached is the structural organogram of Caritas Gboko.