Community Dialogue on Climate Change

Caritas maralal through the VCA-SICRACC project, conducted a two day community dialogue in Samburu North (Ngilai village) on climate change and future of pastoralism. Discussed, were issues on Climate change awareness, cause and effects, the future of pastoralism and local solutions to climate change.
The climax of the community conversation was development of community action plans to guide their development agenda.

The community came to a conclusion of adopting controlled grazing system that to promote pasture regeneration

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all Women in samburu county. You people are blessings to the world for without you nothing could have existed in this world.
Theme:  “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for gender equality”

Disaster emergency response project

Caritas Maralal through its disaster emergency response project funded by CAFOD distributed food stuff i.e maize flour, beans ,sugar,rice, cooking Oil,cabbages and nutritious food (for pregnant and lactating women) to community members from Keleswa and Terter villages. The organization aims to join hands with other partners and stakeholders in relieving the most vulnerable households from the pangs of the ongoing drought menace.

Radio Mchungaji and Caritas Maralal are running a fund drive to assist those affected by drought in Samburu County

A course with the purpose, stand to be counted that you once lend a hand to the most needy in the society.
Radio Mchungaji and Caritas Maralal are running a fund drive to assist those affected by drought in Samburu County. We acknowledge contributions in monetary form and food stuffs to be dropped at the Caritas Maralal office or at Radio Mchungaji offices.
For M pesa please channel your contributions to 0768218148

Caritas Maralal through its KAPU LA UHAI initiative in Collaboration with Radio Mchungaji

Caritas Maralal through its KAPU LA UHAI initiative in Collaboration with Radio Mchungaji, in an effort to respond to the severe persistent drought affecting the pastoralists in Samburu County distributed 5kgs of flour, 1kg beans, 500gms of cooking oil, 1/2 kg sugar and some vegetables to 20 and 45 households residents of Nosuchai Village in Baawa Ward and Loruko in Ndonyo wasin respectively.
Keep channeling your contribution through 0768218148 and drop your inkind contribution to Caritas Maralal offices at Bishop Pante’s residence along Shabaah sanctuary road or at Radio Mchungaji.

CIRDE-KISUMU, KENYA: Dialogue is a part of the evangelizing mission of the Church

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, through its Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Ecumenism (CIRDE) organized a training for the Diocesan Coordinators and for the members of AOSK and RSCK from the Dioceses of the Metropolitan See of Kisumu. This training on inter-religious dialogue and ecumenism was held at St Patrick’s Pastoral Centre in Kabula, Bungoma Diocese as from 26th-29th October 2021. The key facilitator of this training was Tangaza Univesity College through its Institute for Religious Dialogue & Islamic Studies (IRDIS).

Fr Ken (left) & Fr Nyattaya (right) making a presentation


The Archdiocese of Kisumu was represented by two Priests, Rev. Fr. Samuel Nyattaya the Kisumu-CIRDE Director who also doubles as the Director for Caritas/CJPD, and Rev. Fr. Kenney Opole.


Bishop Joseph Obanyi addressing the participants during CIRDE Training in Bungoma

The Apostolic Administrator of Bungoma, Rt. Rev. Joseph Obanyi made his keynote remarks and officially opened the training on behalf of Rt Rev. Bishop Willybard Lagho, the Chairperson of KCCB-CIRDE. In his remarks, he welcomed the CIRDE members of Kisumu Metropolitan. He urged the members not to be afraid of carrying out the task entrusted to them by their bishops. The Metropolitan See of Kisumu comprises of 8 dioceses namely: Kisumu, Lodwar, Kitale, Bungoma, Kakamega, Eldoret, Kisii, and Homabay.





The first day of of the training was conducted by Rev. Fr. Innocent Maganya, a Missionary of Africa, who advises and coordinates inter-religious dialogue for Tangaza University College. He led us in reflecting on two key ideas: DIALOGUE and PROCLAMATION. It is true that we are living in a pluralistic world in which more and more Christians are coming into contact with followers of other religions. The question to ask is: what is the mission of the church in such a pluralistic world? What is the attitude of the church towards people of other religions? The need to answer these key questions led to the creation of a specific office

Rev. Fr. Innocent Maganya conducting the CIRDE training in Bungoma

known as Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue.


Further questions to ask in this reflection are: Knowing what dialogue with other religions entails, does it go together with proclamation of the Gospel, an exercise which invites people to accept the Gospel and be incorporated into the Church through Baptism? Can these two go together?

In order to enrich the reflection on dialogue and proclamation, there are some key Church Documents that contain a lot of important ideas. These are Ecclesiam Suam (1964), Lumen Gentium, Gaudium et Spes, Nostra Aetate, Dignitatis Humanae, Africa Terrarum, Dialogue and Mission, Redemptoris Missio, Dialogue and Proclamation, and Fratelli Tutti. The convergent point in these documents is that dialogue with other religions is part of the evangelizing mission of the church. Since Vatican II Council, the Church has acknowledged the presence of positive values not only in religious life of individuals but also in the religious traditions to which they belong.

In 1991, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples jointly with the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue produced a Document known as Dialogue & Proclamation. This Document has three parts:

  1. About inter-religious dialogue
  2. About the necessity to proclaim Jesus to the world
  • About how proclamation and inter-religious dialogue both for a double commitment of the church.

At that time, people were hesitant in regard to dialogue and they were uncertain about the necessity of proclamation. This document outlines two difficulties, one from within and another from without. On the one hand, we have Christians who lack respect and appreciation for other believers and their their traditions, or they have an attitude of superiority. On the other hand, we have members of other religions fearing that the church’s evangelizing mission may result in the destruction of their religion and culture.

There are different forms of dialogue:

  • Dialogue of life, in which people strive to live in an open and neighbourly spirit sharing their joys and sorrows
  • Dialogue of action in which Christians and others collaborate to take an action on a common issue affecting them
  • Dialogue of theological exchange in which specialists seek to deepen their understanding of their respective religious heritage and to appreciate each other’s spiritual values.
  • Dialogue for integral development in which Christians and other religions collaborate on some social developments issues of their society. This could include activities done by Caritas.

Over the years, the Archdiocese of Kisumu has constantly been engaging the Religious Leaders in responding to some of the issues affecting the community. Kisumu being a region that suffers a lot of violence particularly those related to politics, cooperation between different churches and faiths has been one of our strengths. This training has been also been a blessing to the department of Caritas/CJPD in the Archdiocese of Kisumu as it will strengthen the engagement we have been having with the leaders of the other Christian Denominations and other Religions like the Muslims and the Hindu Community in the Archdiocese of Kisumu.








Kisumu, Kenya: It’s about supporting someone you don’t know, through someone you know

During the ended short holidays for pupils and students in the Republic of Kenya, the Department of Caritas in the Archdiocese of Kisumu organized a recollection for the Pioneer Beneficiaries of the Education Fund, dubbed ADOK E-Fund. The Recollection Master was Rev. Fr. Shadrack Malo, who doubles as the Diocesan Communications Director as well as the Chaplain for Caritas/CJPD within the Deanery of Kisumu.

It all started with a recollection during which the Beneficiaries were able to enjoy the mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and ended with a Eucharistic Celebration. Later on we had a brief motivating input by Mr. Matthew Odhiambo.

During the Recollection, Fr. Shadrack used the example of the school set up to encourage the young people to enrol in the school of Christ in which Christ Himself is the Principal, and the students are the fellow Christians. Borrowing from the readings of the day, from Luke 11:15-26, Fr. Shadrack urged them to be vigilant since the demon cast out will always try to come back stronger. At the end of the Mass, he reminded the students that the whole idea behind ADOK E-Fund is about supporting someone you don’t know but doing so through someone you know.

Mr Mathew Odhiambo, on his part, stressed to the students the need to stay focused on their education. He insisted that it doesn’t so much matter the school to which one is called. What matters is the focus on education. He went on to tell the students that right from Form One in the secondary school, one is already a candidate. When one reaches Form Four, a student only registers to sit for the national examinations. It is therefore important to get it right from the very beginning.

Speaking in the same event, the Diocesan Director for Caritas/CJPD, Rev. Fr. Samuel Nyattaya thanked the students for their outstanding performance in the first term. He reiterated that good conduct and good academic performance are some of the key things to be considered for their continuity in the E-Fund.

ADOK E-Fund is a Program started by the Diocesan Department of CJPD/Caritas and targets young boys and girls who have successfully completed their primary education and are set to proceed to secondary school but due to their poor background, they lack the funds to do so. This is where the ADOK E-FUND comes to the rescue. In this Program, school fee is paid on a termly basis and is meant purposefully for the payment of fees. All the other required payments are to be taken care of by the guardian.

While representing the Archbishop, the Vicar General thanked the Department for being creative and innovative to strengthen local resource mobilization expressed during the Lenten Season. The Vicar General expressed his joy, looking at the performance of the students in the first term. He urged them to maintain those good academic standards. He then issued the pay-slips for the second term.

CJPD/Caritas Kisumu: Use the Community Score Card to scrutinize your Leaders before you elect them!

At the beginning of the year 2018, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) received funding from CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development) to implement a joint Project made by the Department of Justice & Peace and Caritas Kenya. This Project was known as Strengthening Local Governance and Community Empowerment Project. The overall goal of this Project was to enhance democratic and participatory governance and holistic community empowerment in the target regions. Kisumu County (under the Archdiocese of Kisumu) was one of the target areas together with Kwale, Kericho, and Nyandarua Counties.

This Project was intended to run from 2018-2020 but due to the unforeseen challenges of COvid-19 Pandemic, it has gone to 2021. Some of the key intervention issues includes enhancing public participation through established structures like Citizen Oversight Forums. It was also focusing on carrying out an oversight of the County projects through budget tracking, community score cards and social audit. It also aimed at engaging the County Oversight Forums with the county and national government structure like the County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF). To do this, the Project aimed at building the KCCB structures at the National and Diocesan levels targeting the Bishops’ Committees, as well as the Diocesan Coordinators and Commissioners of both CJPC and Caritas. Civic education was also a component of this Project so as to do policy advocacy like enacting public participation laws.

Speaking during the opening of one of the trainings of the Diocesan Commissioners of Justice and Peace, the Diocesan Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Samuel Nyattaya emphasized to the participants that the training on how to develop a Community Score Card is so important especially now that the country is gearing to the General Elections of 2022.


The Community Score Card (CSC) is a participatory, community based monitoring and evaluation tool that enables citizens to assess the quality of public services such as a health centre, school, public transport, water, waste disposal systems and so on. It is used to inform community members about available services and their entitlements and to solicit their opinions about the accessibility and quality of these services. By providing an opportunity for direct dialogue between service providers and the community, the CSC process empowers the public to voice their opinion and demand improved service delivery.

This training was being done by the Project Officers from KCCB, Mr Festus (CJPD) and Mr Donald (Caritas Kenya). It was attended by 35 participants drawn from across the County of Kisumu.

Such engagements are part of the many other ways through which the Archdiocese of Kisumu demonstrates its social concern. The Church has both a right and a responsibility to show her concern on issues that affect the society.







By the Administration

KENYA: Care for Creation “Begins from Change of Heart,” Prelate at Tree Planting Initiative

A Prelate from Kenya’s Archdiocese of Kisumu during tree planting initiative to mark the end of the special Laudato Si’ anniversary year has stressed that caring for creation requires individual’s change of heart.

“It is not just planting trees, but change of heart,” Archbishop Philip Arnold Anyolo told AMECEA online in an interview Friday, May 21, adding that, “One should act consciously knowing that caring for creation is charity work.”

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