Mercy & Justice

Interchristian Fellowships' Evangelical Mission (IcFEM)

 

Mercy & Justice - Introduction

 
IcFEM Mission has concern to bring about transformation to the many diverse needs facing our communities. In the communities there are ever emerging needs and every group or individual is faced with the difficult situation of how to deal with such needs. In many circumstances in our villages the development agents, whether dealing with the spiritual like churches or with other needs i.e. NGOs and charitable organisations have come from outside the community and it is evident that they can not provide lasting solutions to the people's needs/problems. Therefore, there is need for people who can group themselves in every village to look at the specific needs e.g. spiritual, food security, poverty, the needy, etc.
 

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As IcFEM, we feel that transformation can only occur at the village level with the introduction of a Mercy & Justice programme in the community. This will bring together people with an interest in the poor and needy, especially the windows, orphans and all other groups who are living under abject poverty and oppression, to sit and discuss the needs. This will enable them to identify, assess and prioritise/cluster the needs for action.

Mission:

Restoring the dignity of the poor and needy in the society.

Vision:

Dignified and independent needy and poor in a godly caring community.

Goal:

To have in place Relief Support Service Systems equipped to address emergencies.

Strategy/Methodology:

The program is established with four broad program interventions namely, Home based orphan care, Relief Supplies, Sustainable Relief Services (Empowerment) and Emergency Response (Relief Mitigation). Each program intervention establishes a committee of 5 members drawn from the identified 4 facilitators and an Assistant Coordinator. The committee oversees the overall management of the program and for effective implementation of the program the Local Unit coordinators and Fellowship leaders are trained. Various capacity-building programs are initiated to target all stakeholder including committees, leaders and other interested actors. Relief services are channelled through the Local Units which in-turn ensures they reach the intended persons.

Collaboration and linkages are enhanced with the government line departments (Provincial Administration, Special Program Ministry and Ministry of Agriculture), churches and other Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

During implementation the program the services of volunteers are sought.

Purpose/Aim:

To organise and empower the community to mitigate the prevalent needs.

To prepare the community, through Interchristian Fellowships for emergency response and disaster management.

Objectives:

  • To facilitate the establishment of a leadership structure at various levels and build their capabilities for the management of the program.
  • To raise awareness within the communities on the need to love and care for the poor and the needy (activity).
  • To promote self-reliance among the poor and needy.
  • To ensure addvocacy for the poor and needy in the community.
  • To establish a well resourced fund for emergency in the community.

Activities:

  • To establish Home based Orphan care – one home that can cater for 10 to 15 children.
    • One home per Local Unit but there can be more homes depending on the needs as of each Local Unit.
    • Train families and get one family member to stay and care for the children in the home.
    • Use some of the resources left for the orphans to cater for some of their needs
  • To have prepared and empowered committees (people) to respond promptly to the relief needs.
    • Who can sensitise the communities about the extent of relief needs.
    • Mobilise local relief supplies and coordinate relief services.
    • Do regular baseline survey and keep appropriate data in each Local Unit and the poor and needy and relief supplies.
    • to monitor and evaluate relief services performance
    • To report to all stakeholders.
    • To develop an emergency response plan.
  • The establishment of relief supplies warehouses.
    • This will enable the community people to give their contribution in support of the poor and needy.
    • It will also facilitate in receiving other support from outside and responding promptly to all emergency needs.
    • Mobilising locally available resources – looking at available resources in the community and matching which the prevailing needs.
  • Sustainable capacity building and economic empowerment
    • Liaise with other Mission income generating programmes e.g. Agriculture and community saving schemes.
    • Identify other Relief and Welfare support groups for partnerships.
    • Training the community on how coordinate Relief and Welfare services.
    • Facilitate a survey through Local Units by assistant coordinators and its reporting.
    • Training of the Unit Coordinators and Fellowships leaders.
    • Ascertaining the number of programme assistant coordinators.
    • Formation of programme committees (facilitators) in each Fellowship.
    • Training of the Assistant Coordinators and Facilitators on the work of relief and welfare.
    • Monitoring and evaluation of the work of the assistant coordinator and Facilitators.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Number of people trained and committees formed.
  • Number of people in the community helping one another.
  • Number of total orphans in the communities helped.
  • Number of houses to care for the orphans built.
  • Quantity of the local resources collected.
  • Number of warehouses built.
  • Number of situations where there was intervention.
  • Number of poor families with income generating activities.
  • Quality of records of data on poor and needy kept.
  • Network and partnership established.
  • Meet the Team ↓

     

    Patrick Biboko

    General Coordinator of Mercy & Justice

     

     

    Dominic Soita

    Coordinator for Mercy & Justice

     

     

    Elizabeth Nassruitia

    Coordinator for Mercy & Justice

     
  • Programs ↓

     

    Home–based Orphan-Care:

    This program seeks to set up homes within the community, where orphans can become part of a family.

    Relief Supplies:

    This program seeks to identify relief supplies within the community to meet the needs of the poor and impoverished.

    Sustainable Relief Services (empowerment):

    This program seeks to establish a sustainable source of relief and set up warehouses within the community to meet the needs of the poor and impoverished.

    Emergency Response (Relief Mitigation):

    This program will establish emergency response procedures and links to other agencies so that relief can be provided in times of emergency

    HIV / AIDS: (Special Programme)

    IcFEM Mission HIV/AIDS mitigation plan aims to strengthen its efforts in fighting the HIV menace through various poverty eradication strategies which are the underlying root causes of the spread of the epidemic. The scourge has rendered both the affected and the infected to take up a never ending recipient's role that has destroyed their productive visionary reliance.

    Problem Statement

    The mission cannot assume the fact that HIV/AIDS is a factor which is negatively impacting on development. In launching the 12 transformational programs, all available pitfalls are being turned to the fertile grounds of transformation. The Mission was prompted to further its efforts in order to breach the gap that has been facilitated by other actors. Interventions will focus on the inadequacies in spiritual outreaches, capacity building, capital mobilisation and sense of belonging. The Mission will continue to recognise and count on the presence and active participation of other stakeholders in adequately addressing the pathetic conditions facing the HIV/AIDS survivors.

    Vision:

    To have a population free from the threat of HIV/AIDS and which cares for and supports all those who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and provoke them to realise their potentials and assure them of Gods providence.

    Mission:

    Guiding and safeguarding the intensification and expansion of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support and impact mitigation interventions within a framework of well coordinated Pillar response plan led by the Area Unit, anchored at the Local Unit and rooted in Fellowships and actively supported by partnerships with all concerned stakeholders.

    Goals:

    • To reduce the spread of HIV in the Local Units.
    • To ensure that HIV/AIDS concerns are fully integrated and prioritised in the Local Units and in all strategic plans of the IcFEM Pillars.
    • To increase the number of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS who have access to a continuum of Care and support from Home, Community to Hospital levels.

    Strategies

    The Mission will sensitise local unit planners on the need to address the long term development plan and policies that fully incorporates and address the socio-cultural activators of the epidemic. The program will strengthen its work towards securing the basic livelihood of persons, families and communities affected and infected by the epidemic through microfinance, enterprise and agricultural development in tackling economic and material challenges. Initiatives will be tailored towards promoting and expanding programs that targets to eliminate community ignorance, secure livelihoods through capacity building and mind provoking interventions.

    HIV survivors will be identified by HIV/AIDS program coordinator, Local Unit Coordinators and the Pillar program leaders. This will be achieved through various participatory methods which will include self identification, the use of the rich data base of the Lugulu Mission Hospital which has well established clusters of the HIV/AIDS clients and through establishing linkages with other actors referring HIV victims to the program. This will be made possible by partnering with Lugulu Mission and other Hospitals and also using the facilities as referral centres. The program will also offer guidance and mainstream HIV/AIDS component in all the IcFEM Mission's transformation programmes.

    Palliative care services and change acting initiatives will be extended to the survivors alongside offering guidance and counselling services aimed at demystifying the stigma associated with the menace. Clients will be challenged to empress the spirit of self reliance and this will be achieved by channelling our investments in educative and information delivery roles. In order to deliver the much needed services, the program will work in partnership and networks with other well endowed actors.

    Activities

    • Identify and reach out continuously to 4,570 HIV/AIDS infected persons with the Gospel.
    • Raise Kshs.11,827,000 as grants for project implementation.
    • Initiate table banking and on-off farm income generating activities targeting 4,570 clients drawn from 20 local units.
    • Provision of relief services whenever need arises.
    • Link up with health and agriculture line ministries for access to environment, health hygiene, food security and appropriate nutrition as a factor of positive living.
    • Formation and establishment of fellowship units.
    • Selection and placement of HIV local unit coordinators.
    • Collaborate with interested parties to be involved in the 6 core line ministries.
    • Conduct HIV/AIDS management training for staff drawn from each envisioned fellowship.
    • Documentation of policy papers, training manuals on hygiene, agriculture and other necessary areas.
    • Hold quarterly progress review meetings with Management Committees at all levels and other actors.

    Monitoring Indicators

    • Changing size of HIV+ Fellowships Units members.
    • Participation in project activities at all levels of the structure.
    • % of those who are benefiting from the project benefits.
    • Level of sustainability of the Fellowships Units and Survivors income generating activities.
    • Number of members who have received training from the program.
    • Normalisation of Management Committee structures at all levels.
    • Changing relationship of Management Committees at all levels with IcFEM staff or any other actors.
    • Level of participation of various stakeholders in the program activities.
    • Level of information sharing on the progress made and provision of direction on the next step.
    • Level of objectivity of the Survivors and the Management Committee at all levels.
    • Change in life quality and self perception.
    • Emerging community driven initiatives.

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