Archive for December, 2014

Caritas Zambia and Fish farming trainings

December 19, 2014

Caritas, Love in Action


In the 2008 to 2012 Caritas Zambia Strategic Plan, we aimed at strengthening community structures that will influence democratic governance and equal participation of men and women in development. Our first indicator for this Objective was to measure the Improvement in household income

The fish farming trainings, conducted by the Caritas Zambia programme, helped greatly to improve participants’ agribusiness and entrepreneurship skills. To this effect, 685(231 females and 454 males) participating farmers who underwent trainings in fish farming constructed a total of 126 fish ponds. In the process, 41,000 fingerlings were introduced into the ponds. The farmers sold their fish at ZMK20,000 (2011 local currency), per kilogramme after harvesting every 6 months.

At the beginning of the programme in 2008, Caritas Kasama put up 7 fish ponds in 7 centres for demonstration and for fingerling breeding. This guaranteed a steady supply of fingerlings to 13 ponds. Caritas Kasama in…

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Cardinal Peter Turkson departs for Sierra Leone and Liberia

December 13, 2014

His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will depart for Sierra Leone on 16 December and then proceed to Liberia on 18 December. “These are two of the three countries most affected by Ebola Virus Disease. In total the World Health Organization reports some 18,000 confirmed, probable or suspected cases, and more than 6,500 deaths resulting from this disease.” The Cardinal hopes to bring “a message of solidarity and hope to the Church, health workers and the general populations.”

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana in 2005.  msgr-vitillo_who_april-2013

Cardinal Turkson (left) will be accompanied by Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo (right), Special Advisor on Health for Caritas Internationalis. “The Church, including Caritas, religious congregations, and other organizations of Catholic inspiration have been in the ‘front lines’ of the Ebola response,” said Vitillo. “In addition to providing health care for other illnesses and establishing strict infection control procedures and screening areas in order to prevent transmission of the virus in the health care setting, the Church has mobilized a community response and community education in order to engage clergy and local parish groups in efforts to stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

The Cardinal observed that the impact of this epidemic goes far beyond the health sector. “The closing of businesses and other places of employment has raised havoc with an already fragile economy. Experts tell us that the social costs are very serious; because the schools are closed, teenage pregnancies are on the increase, as well as petty crimes, as young people wander the streets with no productive activity. Ebola orphans often are rejected by their extended family members even when they have been confirmed as ‘Ebola free’.”

Cardinal Turkson also recognized “the need to help priests and other pastoral care workers attend to the spiritual needs of those living with the infection and of their loved ones. We must treat the whole person not just their bodies. Even though there is a ‘no touch’ policy in these countries, it is possible for pastoral care workers to pray with from a safe distance, to counsel them, to bless them, and to officiate at their funeral rites, which must be coordinated by specialized burial teams.”

“On several occasions,” Turkson concluded, “the Holy Father has expressed his deep concern for the people living with and affected by Ebola. I hope to give expression to the solidarity of the Pope and the entire Church.”

During his General Audience on 24 October 2014, Pope Francis said, “In the face of the worsening Ebola epidemic, I would like to express my deep concern about this relentless disease that is spreading on the African continent, especially among the more disadvantaged groups. I am close with love and prayer to those stricken, as well as to the doctors, nurses, volunteers, religious institutes and associations, who are working heroically to help our sick brothers and sisters. I renew my appeal that the International Community exert all necessary effort to weaken this virus, effectively alleviating the hardship and suffering of all those so sorely tried. I invite you to pray for them and for those who have lost their lives.”(1)

[1] Pope Francis during the General Audience, 29 October 2014

Caritas Africa e-magazine number 20 – December/décembre/dezembro de 2014

December 13, 2014

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