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About Us

Established in 1981 by the mandate of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Sierra Leone, the Archdiocesan Development Office, commonly known as Caritas Freetown, has served since the last 33 years as the relief and development arm of the Archdiocese of Freetown.

In 2011 the Diocese of Freetown and BO was divided in two.

Currently Caritas Freetown continues working to eradicate poverty, corruption, injustice; to facilitate equality, good governance, peace, human rights; to promote women, youth and disabled empowerment and also to build resilience trough different action focusing in the Western Area Urban and Rural Districts of Sierra Leone. Caritas is also interested in issues of livelihoods, relief, rehabilitation and healthcare delivery. It means the holistic development of human being.

The Justice and Peace commission‘s key goal is to ensure a just society and peaceful co-existence which are key pillars of nations building and development. Practically, resolving disputes and ensuring a peaceful resolution and protection of beneficiaries communities is a crucial aspect of the operations of the commission

Taking reference from international and national laws and documents like the Agenda for Prosperity published by Sierra Leone’s Government for the Country’s post war recovery plan, Caritas Freetown implement projects over the last few years period focusing in different themes.

As a Catholic Church entity the institution has a strong commitment to the Christian values and principles so one priority for Caritas is the formation of youth groups and the promotion of family life and demonstrating leadership in fostering authentic respect for the dignity and rights of every person independently irrespective of their religion, race, tribe, etc. The organization works with communities, government ministries, departments, agencies, local and international partners and community base organizations building the capacities of these community structures in order to enhance their livelihoods and strengthen their capacities to handle their own issues.

Caritas Freetown is also serving as a coordinating office for the socio-pastoral mission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown, networking, supporting, sharing resources, and streamlining the activities of all major actors involved in the Church’s Mission in the Archdiocese particularly parish groups, other diocesan organization, religious congregations, and other bodies active in the Archdiocese, it seek to promote the affairs and interest of these institutions purposely to ensure quality service to the poor.

Organizational Profile

Name of Agency:-

Archdiocesan Development Office (ADDO) Caritas Freetown.

Legal Status:-

Incorporated Non Governmental Organization (Registered with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Government of Sierra Leone)

Scope

The organization focuses on seven strategic thematic programs, including: (a) Relief and rehabilitation; (b) Livelihoods promotion; (c) Healthcare delivery; (d) Human Rights, Justice and Peace; (e) Education; (f) Gender Empowerment; (h) Youth Empowerment

Legal Holder:-

Most Rev. Dr. Edward Tamba Charles Archbishop of Freetown
    Santanno House, 10 Howe Street Freetown, Sierra Leone

Our Mission

To transform lives, by alleviating suffering, restoring dignity and inspiring hope.
To be sensitive and responsive to the needs of poor people through empowerment, advocacy and networking. Enhancing livelihoods and capacity building.

Functions:

To serve as a coordinating office for the socio-pastoral mission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown,
networking, supporting, sharing resources, and streamlining the activities of all major actors involved in the Church’s Mission in the Archdiocese particularly parish groups,
other diocesan organization, religious congregations, and other bodies active in the Archdiocese.

To operate as not-for profit faith-based non-governmental organization in “building capacities and enhancing livelihoods “of the extremely poor (irrespective of religion, race, nationality, gender,
and ethnicity) particularly children, youth, women, and the victims of disasters.

To assist and support capacity development of Archdiocesan pastoral structures/institutions, in the fields of strategic planning/management, on-going training/formation of pastoral agents, finance and investment management; and to assist in fund-raising for the pastoral, spiritual, and evangelization programs of the Archdiocese, the various parishes, and other church institutions operating in the Archdiocese.

Vision:

We work for a peaceful Sierra Leone, with solidarity and justice with no poverty where the access to healthy food, drinking water, medical care, education, justice, employment and decent lodging will be guaranteed for each one of us. A world where all human beings can live in dignity, achieve a holistic development and also where the communities are architects of their own success.

(Luke 4:16‐20) And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” .

Core Values:

Caritas Freetown is Love. - Respect for all. - Dignity Human dignity originates from God and is of God because we are made in God’s own image and likeness (Gn 1:26-27). Human dignity is inalienable – that means it is an essential part of every human being and it’s an intrinsic quality that can never be separated from other essential aspects of the human person. Belief in the dignity of the human person is the foundation of morality. The principle of human dignity is the foundation of all the Catholic social teaching principles. -

Integrity

Caritas Freetown adhere to moral and ethical principles ; soundness of moral character; honesty. Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. Proverbs 28:6 -

Humility

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 -

Compassion

Confronted by global poverty and suffering our fundamental response is born in compassion rooted in love. Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching of the Gospel, we make a preferential option for the poor and we take action with dedication to alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 -

Hope

Our hope is inspired by Christian faith and the strength and resourcefulness of our partners and the people whom they serve. In the knowledge that all Christian hope is not passive we believe that by working together, a better world can and must be achieved so that all can enjoy fullness of life. -

Equality and Equity

We believe in the intrinsic dignity of every person and that all women and men are equal. We work with all people regardless of race, gender, religion or politics. -

Justice

We believe you cannot make a gift of something a person should already have by right. We work to transform economic, social, political and cultural structures that are opposed to a just society. Caritas Freetown listens to the voice of the silent poor and enables them to speak for themselves and it brings access to justice. -

Solidarity

We work to enhance solidarity with the poor, seeing the world through their eyes, and recognizing the interdependence of the human family. -

Partnership

We uphold the principle of subsidiary to build links between communities across the world, acknowledging that all receive as well as give. We work within and beyond our Catholic family seeking justice to change our world for the better. -

Stewardship

We believe the planet and all its resources are entrusted to humankind and seek to act in an environmentally responsible way as true stewards of creation. -

Accountability and transparency

We recognize the importance of accountability and transparency, which promote responsibility, trust and sustainable development. -

Community involvement and empowerment

We engage deep dialogues with community. We work in, with, for the community and we ensure that they are involved like the architects of their own development. -

Excellence

We believe that excellence, not mere compliance, is the goal of our service. We are not motivated to excellence out of pride but out of a desire to do all things for God’s glory because He cares about our work and wants to be involved in everything we do. We will not be satisfied with mediocrity, but will pursue excellence in all things. This means our truth claims carry with them the challenge of living out that truth in the minutes and hours of our daily life. Thus we will pursue excellence, without arrogance. -

Partnership, funding, networking and synergies

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19 Savage Street Brookfields
Freetown Sierra Leone
Phone : (+232) 76-722-736
Email
info@caritasfreetownsl.org