CHURCH COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Church Community Mobilisation for Transformational Development (CCMD), is a project aiming to build the capacity of select Anglican Church of Kenya-Nairobi diocese parishes to conduct integral mission to the vulnerable (poorest of the poor) in its community.  The empowerment tool used for integral mission by a church is the self-help group concept (SHG Concept). It is a sustainable and holistic empowerment model that achieves; economic, political, social and spiritual empowerment of the poor and discriminated.
  • The Church is a firm institution that is always present in communities; more so, the Anglican Church of Kenya. One of the permanent mandates of the church is to preach the Gospel, feed, clothe and heal the poor. The CCMD Project therefore sensitizes the church leadership on the plight of the poorest of the poor in their community and on the Christian call to missions among the poor. This is followed by envisioning them on how their response to the poor can be facilitated by implementing the SHG concept. The project then builds the capacity of the church to conduct the holistic mission using the SHG concept.

 

Programme Status

In January 2014, St John’s Community Centre (SJCC) initiated CCMD. The aim was to equip 15 parishes of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Nairobi diocese for holistic mission to the poorest of the poor using the SHG concept.
This was to be achieved by:
a. Envisioning the church on the concept
b. Facilitating the establishment of structures to host the initiative within the church
c. Build the capacity of the church on the initiative
d. Train and mentor the church as it reaches out to the poorest of the poor


The Bishop and the senior clergy (Archdeacons) embraced and blessed the initiative for Nairobi Diocese. Through a participatory process they ratified the selection of a new set of 16 Parishes in the diocese to be engaged for CCMD.

The 16 selected Parish vicars were envisioned and the result was 13 Parishes are going to the next level of selecting and having facilitators trained on the CCMD/SHG concept. Therefore the project is currently building the capacity of 13 Parishes for the initiative.

The structures established includes, engaging the diocesan Board of Missions to co-ordinate CCMD in the diocese. Missions committees are responsible for spearheading the initiative at the Parish level. A Parish/Local church sends out Facilitators as missionaries who will be on the ground mobilizing the target group into Self-help groups.

Currently the Project is training and mentoring the 13 Parishes in Nairobi diocese on the SHG concept and also strengthening the structures hosting the initiative in church.
In January 2014, St John’s Community Centre (SJCC) initiated CCMD. The aim was to equip 15 parishes of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Nairobi diocese for holistic mission to the poorest of the poor using the SHG concept.
This was to be achieved by:
a. Envisioning the church on the concept
b. Facilitating the establishment of structures to host the initiative within the church
c. Build the capacity of the church on the initiative
d. Train and mentor the church as it reaches out to the poorest of the poor

The Bishop and the senior clergy (Archdeacons) embraced and blessed the initiative for Nairobi Diocese. Through a participatory process they ratified the selection of a new set of 16 Parishes in the diocese to be engaged for CCMD.

The 16 selected Parish vicars were envisioned and the result was 13 Parishes are going to the next level of selecting and having facilitators trained on the CCMD/SHG concept. Therefore the project is currently building the capacity of 13 Parishes for the initiative.

The structures established includes, engaging the diocesan Board of Missions to co-ordinate CCMD in the diocese. Missions committees are responsible for spearheading the initiative at the Parish level. A Parish/Local church sends out Facilitators as missionaries who will be on the ground mobilizing the target group into Self-help groups.

Currently the Project is training and mentoring the 13 Parishes in Nairobi diocese on the SHG concept and also strengthening the structures hosting the initiative in church.

Achievements

Based on Evaluation

  • 13 parishes adopt the concept as a viable tool for holistic mission and have each attempted to reach out to their communities
  • The board of missions which is concerned with mission work in Parishes in the diocese, is working together with the project team to strengthen the capacity of the 13 Parishes in CCMD.
  • So far 14 SHGs have been formed in 5 of the 13 Parishes. The 14 SHGs have a total capital of 272,440. The 5 parishes have started to see changes in the lives of group members in such a short period.

Testimornials

MD project staff and St Faith CCF in the training of a new SHG in a nearby church in Kariobangi South

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St Faith Parish is made up of two local churches; the mother/main church (in the photo) and a daughter church St Faith K.C.C. It is the daughter church that is engaging in the Church Community Mobilization for Transformational Development (CCMD) initiative.

Before CCMD.
Before the CCMD approach was introduced, outreach was through door to door evangelism in the community. Their main target were congregants who had stopped coming to church for one reason or another. This used to be after every 2 months. That is after gathering enough referrals from the congregants on who should be targeted for the evangelism.


CCMD
The Vicar of the Parish and the curate have been envisioned on CCMD. Two facilitators from the daughter church have been trained on CCMD/SHG. The vicar and the two facilitators have been facilitated to visit actual self-help groups in Kitui for experience learning.
The 2 facilitators are Judy Were and Magdalene Kaguchia. They serve on voluntary basis.

Disaster Strikes
Last Year, the daughter church (St Faith K.C.C) was demolished in the middle of the night. The people behind the demolishing claimed to own the land which the church also claims to own. The church was in crisis and going through a hard time. The congregants have bought a tent which they put up on Sunday to convert the space into a church building where they can hold their services.

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Despite the crisis, the volunteer facilitators have not given up on CCMD but went ahead to form two SHGs which are Neema and Upendo (newest – January 2015). Neema has a membership of 11(female) with a capital of 4,950. Upendo SHG is fairly new, it is two weeks old and has not started savings.

Magdalene Kaguchia said that her main motivation comes from people’s different situations. Mainly the poorest of the poor in the community, she finds the need to offer assistance to them in whichever way that she can. Judy Were attributes her motivation to a calling. She says that she enjoys working with the people in the community and interacts with them very easily.

The transformation they have seen with the Neema SHG is unity amongst the members. When they formed the group, there was mistrust and it took time for the members to even start saving.  Although the group hasn’t started taking loans for their businesses, they have started having a vision both as a group and as individuals to start businesses to create income generating activities. Judy Were says that even their houses have become cleaner and neater. This is because they meet at each other’s houses forcing the members to prepare well for guests during their weekly meetings.

Next Steps
The Project team intends to walk with the facilitators in formation and training of new groups and moreover, strengthen the existing groups.

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CCMD project staff and St Faith CCF in the training of a new SHG in a nearby church in Kariobangi South

Partners

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CCMD is supported by Tearfund Kenya. SJCC/CCMD is very grateful to be supported by Tearfund both financially and technically in order to reach the poorest of the poor in the community through Anglican churches that are in Nairobi Diocese.

 

I am a graduate of Moi University with a degree in Public Administration. SJCC is a good organization that has provided me with a good and conducive environment to work and learn how to do community work. I was contracted as a community facilitator to establish self Help Groups and later I volunteered in order to learn how to work as a program officer.  They provide coaching, personal development through teamwork and i got  inspired to be  community development worker by observing the dedication of the other staff. SJCC being a Christian organization has not only helped me grow professionally but also spiritually. The organization provides an opportunity to bring positive change in the community, and I have been part of it especially through implementing the Self-help group approach. I have been able to see the lives of the poor in the community transformed as a result of empowerment. This has been a great motivating factor and I would encourage others to volunteer at SJCC. The holistic development of the community targeting the poor household youths and children using different programs should be replicated in other regions of Kenya where poverty is high. (Felix Ingasia)[A1] 


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