“FORMULATE SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES DURING THIS PANDEMIC,” BISHOP KAMAU EXHORTS CARITAS SELF-HELP PROGRAMME LEADERS’
Leaders from Caritas Self Help Programme have been urged to go back to the drawing board and formulate new strategies that will aid in sustainable economic development during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. This call was made by Bishop David Kamau during the 29th Leaders Annual General Meeting (LAGM) held at the Holy Family Basilica Hall.
Addressing the leaders, Bishop Kamau who is the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi said, “We need to reflect on our current situation due to Covid- 19 Pandemic and think on strategies that can help us build sustainable economic empowerment activities for an inclusive development for all.”
In his speech, he acknowledged the hard times the country continues to face, which have affected the country’s economy. He mentioned there was a need to rethink the future, calling the leaders to put God first and their efforts together, to help one another. “We cannot afford to live from hand to mouth, hence there is need to think of the future.” he added.
The meeting which was attended by the leaders within the deaneries in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, commenced with a colorful celebration of Mass led by Fr. Simon Nganga. The LAGM met to take stock of their achievements in the last one year in an effort to monitor their progress in light of the Caritas Nairobi self-help programme strategic plan of 2019-2023.
In attendance was His Eminence, John Cardinal Njue who encouraged the leaders to be resilient in the continuity of the programme especially in recent times. He told them, to keep working hard, noting that, the programme’s benefits would be reaped in the future.
Amongst the guests was the C.E.O of Caritas Microfinance Bank Mr. David Mukalu who urged the leaders to support Caritas Microfinance Bank through the opening of accounts and consistent saving. This he said, would help the bank grow to the competitive state of other banks in the country.
Self Help Programme is a project that aims at promoting Social and Economic Empowerment within the Archdiocese of Nairobi. It was founded at Kiriko Parish in Mangu deanery by the Servant of God, the late Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga in the year 1981. Currently, the Programme has over 130,000 registered members.