The project aims at:
Trainings and Activities Currently running:
Role players have signalled readiness to assist in the course work, including the Catholic Institute for Education (CIE), Siyabhabha Trust (Caritas South Africa).
Various programs will serve the children and youth of Maletswai, Ukhahlamba (Joe Gqabi), Emalahleni and Gariep Municipalities. We will have direct contact with the youth of the Catholic Church who are the greatest asset of the Church.
Other groups and organizations will be addressed such as sodalities and the many lay-leaders of the diocese. The Diocesan Pastoral Council, and the senate of priests and pastoral workers will strategize to assist them with additional programmes (to be supported by other funders).
The programs aim at serving as integrative approach to bring together different generations in the concern for a better future. Hence teachers, crèche personnel, school governing bodies of these schools, those involved with youth and children will also be addressed. This is to have an impact on their professional conduct and formational influence on the children and youth.
In particular the senate of the diocese (body of priests and other pastoral workers of 27 people) as the central steering body needs to overhaul the personnel strategies for formation, transformation and outreach. Over a period of three years it will adjust the organisational structures of the diocese in terms of personnel and tasks to better implement the Pastoral Plan, Community Serving Humanity. The Interdiocesan Consultation of the Bishops’ Conference that aims at evaluating the impact of the Pastoral Plan so far will be integrated in this planning process.
The senate in co-operation with the Diocesan Welfare and Development Committee will supervise the HIV/AIDS work. Those involved in care for HIV/AIDS infected and affected people need upliftment as do the sufferers. This in turn will help those to whom they offer their services, among them vulnerable children and orphans. Many of the 265 care-givers (Home-Based-Care and OVC = Orphans and vulnerable Children) in the diocesan projects will benefit from the comprehensive formation work that will be done. We hope that their support through other donor organizations continues.
The ADPC (Aliwal Diocese Pastoral Council with some 120 delegates) as the central body in the Diocese that involves the laity will determine programs according to the needs. It needs formation as well to benefit in its own work. It will be co-operating closely with the senate of the diocese in the organisational restructuring.
The formation will hopefully extend to and empower women to make best use of their talents within the given context. This includes ecologically and nutritionally meaningful training for gardening, linked with the scattered communities of the diocese.