CEC Development seeks to empower local leaders to provide for themselves. We have two legs of the plan. The first is to deal with the immediate needs of mercy and clean water. We designate 20% of funds from every donation to meet immediate needs and raise funds for clean water to stop the diseases stealing the children's future. 80% of funds are designated to build for the future by building income producing micro-businesses that will allow the churches in Africa to support themselves, and decide their own future.
Immediate Response- Mercy and Clean Water Faced with emergencies such as diseases, hunger, conflict, corruption we must provide those funds and tools that allow people to make it to tomorrow, while at the same time, working to make tomorrow better. To that end we provide 20% of the funds raised to mercy missions and raise funds for clean water. (See next tabs for details)Lasting Change- Micro Businesses Development project are about the long term change of the culture and environment. To create local income producing businesses that allow the local churches to raise funds to build churches, schools, orphanages, clinics. This allows the future of the churches to no longer be at the mercy of sometimes fickle donors. This builds stability into the future of the church in Africa.
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Missions Funds collected in previous years
|Raised||Sent for Mercy||Sent for Development|
|2014||$ 562.54 to Date|
|2013||$ 29,606||$ 5,921||$ 23,685|
|2012||$ 28,957||$ 5,792||$ 23,165|
|2011||$ 32,200||$ 6,440||$ 25,760|
20% of CEC All Saints Offering is designated for use by the Bishop for Mercy.
This allows the local bishop meet the need at his local area for those needs he she. Just some of the ways these funds have been used is medical help, medicine, crutches, feeding, support of families with the bread winner jailed, refugee crisis, funerals and other acts of mercy.
We work in Cooperation with our Bishops in Africa. The donations received have 80% designated for development of income producing businesses 20% are designated for Mercy (disaster relief, medical care, etc). These funds are given to the four General Secretaries who, along with their House of Bishop, decided how best to allocated the donations.
This program works in tandem with the Development program, to create Diocese that are able to meet the needs of their people, as they see best. The income development programs also produce income that can be used for mercy missions.
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The level of poverty in rural areas in Kenya is high and continues to increase jeopardizing family livelihoods and by extension church mission work. Poor households will definitely find it difficult to feed them leave a lone support church ministry resulting to low income for local churches. The resultant of this scenario is clergy who have to engage in other ventures to make ends meet at the expenses of the ministry. To supplement the meager church income the CEC Bishops in Kenya conceived the idea of a business ventures that would source income without compromising the vision of the church. The cattle fattening business project was found to be the most viable after consideration of a number of factors. The plan is to purchase 36 bulls during the 2 year project. Twenty (20) bulls will be purchased in year 1 and for a period of 6-9 months in the Masaai rangelands of Kajiado County. The bulls will then be sold at a profit and other 20 smaller bulls and additional 16 bulls for year 2 purchased to make a total of 36 bulls. Profit will be utilized to support ministry work in the 10 dioceses in Kenya.
The initial cattle sold with a 75% profit, for year 2 they are reinvested the profit and 2013-2014 All Saint offering into a larger heard of cattle, to continue this very successful project. Currently they continue to reinvest the income from the project, until the House of Bishop as a worthy project
The Charismatic Episcopal church of Tanzania intends to start rearing chickens which will be beneficial in the following aspects: (a) This project will help the Church to increase its income from sales of eggs and live birds. (b) The project will be a place for learning how to keep chickens among the Christians. (c) The project will make sure the CECT Christians start poultry keeping at household level by assisting to get parent stock and return equivalent number to the project for others to be given parent stock for the same purpose. This system will enable our people to fight against poverty by getting sure income from poultry keeping. (d) As the project goes up, we intend to open similar projects almost to each deanery that in turn the Deanery will give back some percentage to the mother project. POULTRY HOUSE: We intend to start rearing chickens by using semi-intensive system. During the day chickens get their requirements in a fence of chicken wire and during the night for the chicken which are laying eggs and brooding, there will be a house with facilities of laying eggs and brooding. The one time cost of the Materials chicken house and wire is 1,000,000 TShs. It will be built with volunteer labor.
In the 2nd year the House of Bishop decided to change to a similar cattle fattening project as the Bishop in Kenya had done. While the chicken and eggs sales were profitable, the price of egg and chicken has recently gone down due to many other similar projects. 2013 funds have be used to purchase steers for cattle fattening.
Poverty in great lakes region is extreme and continues to jeopardize family livelihoods and extension of church mission work. Poor households will definitely find it difficult to feed them. As Rwanda proves to be a secure and stable country in this great lakes region with steady monetary policy, The Bishops made an agreement that the project will be set in Kigali capital to ensure the business stability. To supplement the lowest churches' income the CEC Bishops from Burundi. Rwanda and East Congo(DRC) conceived the idea of a business venture that would source income without compromising the vision of the church. The carpentry business project was found to be the most viable after consideration of a number of factors. The plan is to purchase a huge planing machine including materials related to carpentry Wood designer, power saws ,electric drills ,small planing machines)that will be producing on daily basis. Profit will be utilized support ministry work in the four dioceses of Burundi, Rwanda and East Congo(DRC).
Local carpenters found the project area are in need of huge planing machine on daily basis for their work. Experience has shown that carpentry project is profitable with a high benefit cost ratio. Carpentry works boost Christians incomes. This project is aimed at improving the livelihood of Christians as well as the dioceses development. The plan is to purchase a huge planing machine and other materials related to carpentry in order to supply pieces of furniture. The planing machine is supposed to make 20,000 RWF per day, other materials will be used in the second semester 2 to make pieces of furniture that are sold to the market. Kigali as a capital city of a developing country has got a growing demand in pieces of furniture. money that is made in will continue to support house of Bishops office including cathedrals and dioceses. After six months the collected money from planing machine services will be invested in making chairs,cupboards,doors,windows to make money. Beneficiaries from the four Cathedrals will be earning profit after the introductory phase.
A team of 3 Bishops comprising of Bishops Misigaro Nestor,Nitonde Dieudonne and Katarama Sylvain has been set to oversee the implementation of the project under the supervision of the General Secretary. Every Diocese will delegate One CEC member (A person with knowledge and skill in Carpentry management and finance ). Bishop Nitonde Dieudonne will be responsible for the project and distribution of pieces of furniture being helped by CEC members who are used to the local market. He will receive reports from the carpenters on monthly basis on the progress of the project, then report to The house of Bishops.
Creating and redesigning a self-sustaining Diocese that meets spiritual and material needs of its people and to have the Diocese stand out as a model of sustainable community development and a healthy environment.
To train, equip and empower our church communities in vocational skills that open for opportunities to live a self-sustainable life. To invest in making school uniforms, other institutional uniforms including church and clergy vestments, commercialized sewing, tailoring and knitting sweaters, stockings/socks and other related finished products. To use resources gained during the project life to buy other sewing, tailoring and knitting machinery which then will be supplied to other Dioceses for similar projects to be opened there with a goal to addressing poverty levels and to reduce on the syndrome of external dependence. To set up, sustain and maintain a model project that will encourage Dioceses to venture into micro-projects for the good welfare of their people. To prepare and utilize well meager resources available and create sources for the Dioceses to tithe to the Patriarchate without stress. To circulate investable resources and help younger Dioceses to grow, based on practical examples as promoted by established Dioceses. Younger Diocese will be assisted to visit existing projects in the already established Dioceses with a view of attracting them to emulate means and modes of designing, establishing and managing loanable funds.
In Uganda today, and indeed to some extent in the neighboring countries, we are experiencing a school education revolution and transformation. Many private schools and tertiary institutions have been opened and almost every child has an opportunity to go to school. Those who would never before afford to go to school due to lack of tuition, now enjoy the Universal School Education available at Primary and Secondary Education Levels. We shall take advantage of need for uniforms to be made in these schools by competing for contract awards. We shall endeavor to produce high quality uniforms: shirts, shorts/trousers and sweaters to sell to schools, colleges and higher institutions of learning. We shall design and make Clergy and Church vestments especially for the CEC. We shall explore more markets in other institutions like police and prisons. We shall expand our market by commercializing our products to shops and other trading areas. We shall market our products to all the Dioceses in our Zone, i.e. Uganda, South Sudan and Congo; and beyond.
The situation in the Congo has remained unstable and hence unsuitable for micro-business. The Bishops in Congo have instead entered into a full partnership with the Bishops in Rwanda and Burundi on the Carpentry business.
The Bishop in Congo continue to received mercy funds.