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.







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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.”

AFRICA/KENYA – The Church in Kisumu donates aid to flood victims and launches an appeal to deal with the consequences of Covid-19

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) – “We will reach out to many other places because the generosity of our people has so far made us to be convinced that the jar will not go empty nor the jug of oil will run dry (1Kings 17:14)”, said the Archbishop of Kisumu, His Exc. Mgr. Philip Anyolo, praising the delivery of food and basic necessities to the victims of the floods that hit his archdiocese.

The items that included maize flour, a packet of sugar, green grams, beans and beddings were donated by Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna among other well-wishers and distributed by Caritas Kisumu personnel to over 400 households affected by floods in Nyando and Nyakach Sub-Counties.

Archbishop Anyolo said that the Archdiocese will identify and support other needy families affected by COVID–19 pandemic in Kisumu and Siaya Counties, and called on members of the public and well-wishers “to support the initiative to ease the burden of those adversely hit by the negative economic impact of Coronavirus”.

Archbishop Anyolo said Coronavirus pandemic has led to shutdown of businesses and loss of jobs, making it difficult for several families in the Country to put food on the table.
Most Rev. Anyolo who is also the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said the Church is committed in giving hope to the hopeless by donating foodstuff during the time that the government is grappling to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
The Archbishop commissioned a response team led by Caritas Director Rev. Fr. Samuel Nyattaya, to advise the Archdiocese on how to promptly respond to emergencies that may emerge as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 6/5/2020)

KENYA: Caritas in Kisumu Archdiocese Aid People with Disability Amidst COVID-19

Kisumu Archdiocese through Caritas office has reached out to assist People with Disabilities (PWDs) whom they felt had been overlooked in-terms of sensitization and provision of basic needs in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Caritas “shares the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and promote charity and justice throughout the world,” ensuring that the voices of the poor are heard and acted upon,” Fr. Samuel Nyattaya the Director Caritas Office, Kisumu told AMECEA Online in an interview Monday, April 20.

“We (Caritas Kisumu) teamed up with other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and formed a WhatsApp Group named Kisumu City Response. Different organizations in this group made their own interventions towards sensitizing the people of Kisumu on Covid-19,” he continued.

Fr Nyattaya further disclosed, “We noticed a gap in that there was a special category of people who had not received attention. These were the People with Disabilities (PWDs).”

“Immediately, we sprang into action to give them whatever support we could. The love of Christ, caritas Christi, urges us to make this response towards this category of the people of God,” Fr. Nyattaya explained.

The PWDs who have been carrying out small businesses within Kisumu town before COVID-19 outbreak, are currently in their homes with no jobs after government issued directives to be followed to help stem the spread of Coronavirus.

According to the cleric, the PWDs were “relocated from the usual market places where they used to sell their wares. In some cases, they were not considered in the allotment of spaces, owing to the vulnerability of some of them due to low immunity. They have been forced to stay at home (and) this heavily impacted on their daily living.”

“Every year, the Archdiocese of Kisumu, like all the dioceses in Kenya, carry out a campaign during the season of Lent. During these campaigns, people make contributions from their fasting. As we budget with this money, a huge chunk of it is allocated for social justice projects like helping people during humanitarian crisis,” he said.

Caritas Kisumu who managed to reach 65 PWDs irrespective of their faith, offered foodstuff which would be enough for about two days.

“This, we hope, can ease the burden of feeding their families, especially now that their businesses have been affected. We also gave them a bar of soap each, now that washing of hands is one of the ways of keeping the virus away,” the director added.

Asked about the future plan Caritas Kisumu has with PWDs, Fr Nyattaya who is also Director of Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) disclosed that they intend to sensitize the PWDs on how to prevent themselves from Coronavirus and also reach out to those affected by floods.

“One huge gap we noticed in our interaction with the PWDs is the lack of proper information about Covid-19. There has not been a concerted education that has been tailor-made with the PWDs in mind. We engaged with Red Cross and did a small training for about 15 of them but we plan to link with our Health Department to organize a training for the PWDs on how to keep safe from the virus,” Fr. Nyattaya said.

Speaking as a beneficiary, Mr. Nick Mak’Ondwat said in a video clip posted in Caritas Archdiocese Kisumu Facebook page, “Most of us are back in the houses and that means we are doing nothing. Therefore, getting income is a challenge.”

 “Persons with disability have been really affected because all those who were doing businesses cannot continue with their work (and) I think this is one of the first activities we are seeing for distributing food for People with Disability, and we kindly request you to continue and even help us look for more support,” he added.


Kenyans have become cautious of the food they consume. Remember, there are also FOOD-BORN DISEASES (FBD). Sometimes a mango might be a carrier of one or more cancerous chemicals



Speaking during the event of receiving the donations, the Parish Priest of St Mary’s Chiga Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Samuel Nyattaya, saw the hidden Divine Providence in the fact that we received these donations on the day when the Church celebrates the BIRTHDAY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST. Just as John the Baptist was a special donation to the world, and signified a lot of good things to come, these donations of PPEs from Equity signals a lot of hopeful and glad tidings between us.
He thanked the staff of the Hospital and all the health care-givers for their selflessness at these unprecedented times, noting how much PRIESTS and HEALTH-CARE GIVERS are seriously exposed on a daily basis, hence the need to get these PPEs.
He also noted with gladness the other joint interventions that Equity has had with the Parish of Chiga when they donated 5000 tree seedlings to be planted in our churches within Kolwa East of the larger Kisumu County.

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