Missionary Development Program (PDM) Update from Pepe
Since 2020, the PDM has continued operating - although with the limitations imposed by Covid-19.
Our 22 local committees for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) were active, providing pastoral and family support. The diocesan DRR committee made a great effort to support access to sanitary protection items, cleaning, sanitation, hygiene and basic food with program funds (authorized by ECC, ERD and PWRDF). We supported more than 250 families from 52 communities in 7 regions of the country on three separate occasions. More than 1,000 people (650 women) improved their resources to acquire these products.
Food security actions (Nutrition) grew during this time of crisis. The Food for All Program was implemented. There are currently 21 food security projects operating, benefiting 43 communities in the country with 72 initiatives. 71% of these projects are agricultural and 29% animal-related.
Educational activities did not stop completely, as the program began to work in virtual environments, with the support of an online academic platform called Moodle. To date, two major workshops have been held (Disaster Risk Reduction in times of pandemic and Biblical Strategies for Effective Leadership). 36 people from various communities in the country participated.
Work is currently underway to strengthen the Savings with Education program, which was affected by the social isolation imposed by the health and economic situation in practically all communities. At this time, we have 25 active groups and we plan to add 5 new groups.
In summary, the program demonstrated its sustainability during this difficult time, due to three main reasons:
1. The work of clergy leaders, coordinators and promoters trained in the mission of the program.
2. The communication and coordination that
was maintained throughout the time with the coordinators and promoters. The program meetings were initially held through WhatsApp and as of 2022 they are being held through Google Meet (monthly).
3. The broad support of the clergy at all levels of the diocese, beginning with the Bishop, together with the active participation of the benefiting families.
SPECIFIC PROGRAM OBJECTIVES FOR 2022 ARE AS FOLLOWS:
• 8,080 people (5,252 women), from 50 communities, will benefit from the actions of the Asset Based Community Development program.(ABCD)
• 25 new promoters will be trained in the ABCD sectors.
• 25 coordinators will be trained through the virtual platform in Management (Management of Knowledge and Local Resources).
We will continue to provide updates as the year progresses.