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Activities…

Over the years, JPIC-FA has been on the ground and implements JPIC programs in partnership with its grass-root stakeholders who include Franciscan religious orders present in the eastern African region, the secular Franciscan Order and the Franciscan Youths. These stakeholders have engaged themselves in different JPIC works depending on their capacities and the local needs. Some of the activities we undertake are:

  • Membership mobilization and formation into the Franciscan Order (Youths, SFOs)
  • JPIC animation (sensitizing and mainstreaming JPIC work)
  • Forming partnerships and networking in JPIC work
  • Advocating and lobbying for human rights (children’s rights included)
  • Caring for environment through tree planting, street clean-up (solid-waste control)
  • Peoples’ economic empowerment through initiation of IGAs/IGPs.
  • Organic farming as a way for caring for environment and financial sustainability
  • Capacity building in leadership and management
  • Palliative care for HIV/Aids patients (Home-Based Care)
  • Resource mobilization and asset acquisition for JPIC-FA partners (YOUFRA)
  • Youth and children ministry (OVCs, Counseling, Catechetical instructions)
  • Liturgical participation in Christian worship
  • Prison ministry especially for death row inmates
  • Education ministry (Basic and Primary Education and Catechetical formation).

The different stakeholders that JPIC-FA works with include…

  • Franciscan Youths (YOUFRA)
  • Secular Franciscan Order (SFO)
  • Franciscan Religious Orders (FRO)
  • Regular Franciscans Congregations (RFC)
  • Franciscans International (FI)
  • Comprehensive Course on Franciscan Missionary Charism (CCFMC)
  • Damietta Peace Initiative (DPI)

Achievements…

JPIC-FA has made tremendous achievements across the regions with the support of its stakeholders. Our achievements and challenges are shared across board through our continuous ministry in the Eastern African region. Different JPIC stakeholders are in different place and involved in different JPIC ministries. Such successes include:

  • Successful propagation of Franciscan spirituality and inculcation of JPIC values (agenda)
  • Successful mobilization of many stakeholders in the JPIC ministry (youth, SFO, religious)
  • Broad and positive engagement in partnership and networking of JPIC stakeholders and partners in the eastern African region.
  • Successful establishment of JPIC programs, projects and activities in diverse socio-politico-economic environment in the Eastern African region.
  • Successful implementation of diverse JPIC program projects and activities (lobbying and advocacy, propagation and protection of human rights (children’s, women’s, inmates’…)) and championing good governance and rule of law.
  • Environmental care through tree planting, street clean-ups and plastic waste control, organic farming and promotion and conservation of biodiversity.
  • Peoples’ empowerment through capacity building and establishment of sustainable IGAs/Ps (Microfinance, farming, recycling of waste materials such as plastic, clothing…) thus improvement of their living conditions, welfare and quality of life.
  • Provision of education for human capital development leading to self-reliance and national development.
  • Provision of care, support and protection to vulnerable people especially orphaned and vulnerable children, widows and widowers, HIV/Aids patients, materially poor, prisoners… leading to restoration of their human dignity.
  • Facilitating creation of inner peace among injured persons and communities through spiritual nourishment, psycho-social care and support services.
  • Inter-religious dialogue leading to positive influence on people of other faiths bringing about inter-religious tolerance and harmonious coexistence.
  • Participation and support to the mainstream church in evangelization work through catechesis, youth and children ministry, and call to religious and consecrated life.

JPIC-FA and its membership have encountered challenges…

The JPIC-FA has had many success stories as pointed out in the previous paragraph. However, JPIC-FA has had some challenges too. They include the following:

  • Lack of or poor collaboration and cooperation among JPIC-FA stakeholders due to lack of awareness of existence of each other and overall coordination of their activities.
  • Lack of recognition and support by some Franciscan and some mainstream church
    leaders such as superiors and parish priests thus little commitment and little allocation of resources (especially human) to JPIC work.
  • Lack of recognition, appreciation and support by some conferences of bishops (in some countries of the region) thus difficulty in establishing and carrying out JPIC work.
  • Discrimination of some JPIC stakeholders by some Franciscan orders thus perception of them as not bonafide Franciscans, based on whoever formed them.
  • Lack of full participation in JPIC program by some key stakeholders (Franciscan
    religious orders and the SFOs).
  • Lack of appropriate leadership and management systems for running the JPIC
    program (overseeing, planning, coordinating JP).
  • Lack of financial sufficiency and independence in JPIC-FA and among many of its
    stakeholders (donor dependency…).
  • Lack of alignment of civil justice systems and values with JPIC values, systems and
    concept of justice thus big obstacles to justice, peace and integrity of creation work.
  • Lack of sufficient facilities in some regions from where JPIC work can be coordinated and some of it conducted from.

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Our core values

  • Prayer
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Animation
  • Collaboration
  • Transparency
  • Professionalism

Our vision

To envision a society where Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation are lived and
promoted as gospel values and in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.

Get in touch

P.O. Box 15155-00509

Portiuncula, Franciscan Centre,

Lang'ata, Nairobi, Kenya.

Tel: +254 20890190

Email: jpicfa@gmail.com