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Caritas Zambia News Bulletin, 2020 – 1st Edition

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Not so long ago we were living a normal life: going about our daily business, school, and work, interacting in diverse circumstances. As we present this edition of our bulletin, Coronavirus has changed everything. A disease that the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic. COVID-19 pandemic travel and movement restrictions are having a devastating impact on livelihoods for vulnerable societies and Zambia has not been spared. Like many other countries globally, Zambia reported its first case on the 18th March 2020, initially as imported cases into the country, but over time the trend has changed as we are witnessing an increase in local transmission. The disease is spreading very fast, taking its toll on many sector operations across the country, and we as an organisation have not been spared. With a majority of civil society organisations no longer able to work with their local communities, due to various reasons such as the uncertainty over financing necessary to carry on with supporting local communities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and just the general safety of both staff and community members.

This is extremely worrying and needs concerted efforts to ensure that we keep supporting communities, especially the most vulnerable. It is evident that Covid-19 will have far more reaching consequences on our society and the operations of many organisations such as ours going forward. Caritas Zambia with the support of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) in anticipating some of the potential effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to undertake activities towards responding to the pandemic under the new normal and set out guidelines. This edition gives you a sneak pick into what the church, through the conference, is doing to respond to the covid_19 pandemic and how it is complementing government efforts. Remember that together we can win the fight. Maintain hygiene by washing our hands with soap and running water, using an alcohol-based sanitizer and remember to musk up!

Download the entire Caritas Zambia News Bulleting, 2020 – 1st Edition here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/Caritas-Zambia-News-Bulletin-2020-1st-Edition.pdf

Luapula Mining Insaka Charter of Demands

LUAPULA MINING INSAKA CHARTER OF DEMANDS

Current Problems Surrounding Mining in the Province

1. Centralized Issuance of Mining Licenses.

The Ministry of mines lacks a comprehensive and transparent licensing and mineral rights management system which is decentralized and participatory. Such a situation is causing vulnerability to displacements and food insecurity as most of customary land is being lost to mining

2. Non Compliance to legal and Policy Frameworks

Illegal mining is high and most of the licensed mining companies do not adhere to the provisions of law on mining, environment, employment and tax returns.

Download the entire signed message here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/Luapula_Mining_Insaka_Charter_of_Demands.pdf

2nd North Western Province Chiefs Indaba

2ND NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE CHIEFS INDABA

Communique

The Royal Solwezi Hotel, Solwezi - 24th to 25th August 2020.

“Land, Environment and Accountable Mining.”

PREAMBLE

We, the Royal Highnesses of the North-Western province, particularly Mushindamo, Zambezi, Solwezi, Kalumbila, Kasempa, Mufumbwe, Manyinga, Kabompo, Zambezi, Mwinilunga and Ikeleng’e districts, met on the 24th and 25th of August 2020 under the auspices of Caritas Solwezi, Caritas Zambia, Non-Government Gender Organization Coordinating Council(NGOCC), Transparency International Zambia (TIZ), Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP), Diakonia Zambia, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), Zambia Land Alliance (ZLA), Action Aid, Joint Country Programme (JCP), Extractive Industries Transparency Alliance (EITA), the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) - Zambia and the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections (JCTR) for a Provincial Chiefs Indaba, held under the theme “Land, Environment and Accountable Mining.” This year’s Chiefs Indaba presented an opportunity to make follow-ups on recommendations previously made and re-strategize, so as to come with best practices that encourage Equal Beneficiation and Meaningful, Sustainable Integral Development for all.

Download the entire signed message here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/2nd_North_Western_Province_Chiefs_Indaba.pdf

Philippe Cardinal OUÉDRAOGO - President of SECAM

Annual Celebration of SECAM Day 2020 (29th July and 2nd August 2020)

A MESSAGE FROM SECAM PRESIDENT

Introduction

The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, known by the acronym SECAM, was founded by African Bishops on 29th July 1969 and formally launched by Saint Pope Paul VI on 31st July 1969 in Rubaga Cathedral, Kampala, Uganda. To keep alive this historic and memorable event, 29th July of every year is commemorated as SECAM Day. The day is set aside for all members of the Church-Family of God in Africa and the surrounding Islands to thank God for the gift of mother Africa, for the gift of one another and for the gift of the Christian faith. It also provides an opportunity to pray for the well-being of SECAM, for the spirit of unity, communion and solidarity amongst the Bishops, the clergy, the religious and lay faithful.

In line with the decision taken at the Plenary Assembly of SECAM in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in July 2013, the Day is further an occasion to speak about the Symposium to enable Catholics throughout the Continent and the Islands become more informed about its existence, work and mission, and invite them to identify with, and support SECAM. To that end, the celebration of SECAM Day is shifted to the following Sunday when 29th July falls on a week day, and a special collection is taken to support the activities of the Symposium. Therefore, SECAM Day this year is to be celebrated on 2nd August 2020.

One Year after SECAM Golden Jubilee Celebration

This year 2020 marks one year since the impressive celebration of the Golden Jubilee of SECAM in Kampala, Uganda, the land of heroic African Martyrs. The Jubilee year (2019) of our Association coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the First Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, held in 1994, during which the African Synod Fathers chose not only to define the Church as God's Family but also to be a guiding principle for the Evangelization of the Continent (Ecclesia in Africa no. 63).

During the study as well as the plenary sessions in Kampala last year, we SECAM members reflected on how far we had gone with our evangelizing mission, where we need to go and how to make the future even better. We also bemoaned the plight of the majority of our people. And challenged by the example of Ugandan martyrs, in particular, and other African saints and martyrs, in general, we all resolved, amongst other details, to:

i. Make the Golden Jubilee a springboard for more profound Evangelization on the Continent and its Islands; seeking in the process, personal encounter with Jesus Christ that leads to true conversion and witness of life, enabling us not only to hold firm to our Catholic faith, doctrine and identity but concretely exhibit the spirit of Church-Family of God, solidarity, trust, acceptance, dialogue etc. everywhere in Africa and Madagascar;

ii. Intensify our commitment to the vision of the founding Fathers of SECAM centred on promoting organic pastoral solidarity and communion amongst the members of SECAM, which again typifies the image of Church as God’s Family, where everyone is treated as a true brother and sister, his/her dignity as a child of God upheld;

iii. Step up our obligation to SECAM (cf., Ecclesia in Africa no. 104);

iv. Be more proactive in our prophetic mission

The Golden Jubilee celebration evidently raised hopes that SECAM would more visibly play its role and exert a positive influence on areas that touch the daily life of the people, both within and outside Africa. Indeed, exerting a positive impact is a major focus of the current SECAM leadership.

Unfortunately, one year after the Golden Jubilee, the situation in Africa and the surrounding Islands has remained the same, within and outside the Church. Indeed, it is compounded by the corona virus pandemic that has wreaked havoc everywhere. Covid-19 has so far killed millions around the world including Africans. It has affected the Clergy, religious and lay faithful alike.

Different measures have been adopted to contain the spread of the disease, and we have also been praying for an end to the pandemic but new cases continue to soar in many African countries as elsewhere. Moreover, a recent report from the Caritas International indicates that Africa is the worst affected of all continents in terms of Covid-19 effects. There are cases of food shortages, due to the lockdowns. “Thousands have lost jobs, small businesses destroyed. The diversity of pre-existing disasters such as floods, drought, locust invasion, poor harvest are real and constitute a serious challenge”[1].

This situation has given rise to several questions and agitations. For those in the grip of anguish and misery, it is easy to conclude that God has abandoned us and the pandemic is punishment for our sins, individual and communal. But as we already said in our Pentecost Message: “If, we experience pain or if we suffer, [God] participates in it in order to overcome it”. St. Augustine said long ago: "Being supremely good, God would not allow any evil in his works, unless in his omnipotence and goodness, he is able to bring forth good out of evil” (Enchiridion 11, 3; PL 40, 236)[2], which is why he allowed his beloved Son to die a criminal’s death on the Cross. And the death of the Son changed the meaning of every kind of suffering and pain, physical and moral; not only of those who have faith but of every human person[3].

Amidst the current situation, we say ‘courage’ brothers and sisters; do not give in to despair; continue to pray and wait for God’s time. Like the Lord’s vision in Habakkuk, “if it comes slowly, wait, for come it will, without fail” (Hab 2:3). Be assured of our continued closeness to you and our daily prayers for you, especially, those of you who are sick or experiencing different challenges in your daily life.

COVID-19 has exposed how vulnerable we are, irrespective of colour or status, and what happens in one country affects people in the other. Indeed, it has shown that we are one people and we need to be each other’s’ keeper. As mentioned in the Pentecost Message, this is a time for all African peoples to reactivate the value of solidarity that has shaped our worldview and traditional society. It is doing so that we will be better placed to “face the impact of the pandemic and to turn our economies around, while relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, who gives us the grace to love and to be compassionate. In this time when many are in dire need, let us help them to experience the love of God”.

It is shameful and regretful that not even the deadly Covid-19 has deterred violence and terrorism in some countries in Africa; we continue to kill ourselves on a daily basis. We join our voice with the Holy Father, Pope Francis and other world leaders to call for an immediate end to violence everywhere in Africa and elsewhere in the world.

Appreciation

We certainly have had moments of sorrow but there were also joyful moments in the last one year. We, therefore, thank God for his blessings and magnanimity. We are also profoundly grateful to our Bishops, clergy, religious and lay members of the Church-Family of God throughout Africa and Islands for their commitment to Evangelization in spite of the current challenges.

We appreciate the efforts that have been made by respective governments to contain the vicious spread of corona virus in the Continent and we encourage the leaders to continue protecting the health of the population. We also thank all the health professionals, including religious nuns who have shown extraordinary dedication to alleviating the suffering of the sick.

We thank everyone within and outside Africa and Madagascar who has journeyed with, and supported SECAM in the past year. We are equally grateful to all those involved in the immediate affairs of SECAM (Presidency, Treasurer, Standing Committee members, Comitheol members and secretarial staff members) for their dedication, hard work and sacrifices for SECAM.

To all Africans and Malagasy we say, your generous support expands SECAM mission, increases its out-reach, and helps us to serve the Church and the society better.

SECAM day is an important event for the Church-Family of God in Africa and Madagascar. We earnestly urge you to pray for SECAM on Wednesday 29th July and 2nd August 2020. Following the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic at the moment, we have opted to defer the special SECAM collection for this year. But if any person or group of people are moved by the Holy Spirit to support SECAM financially or materially, you are welcome do so.

May the Virgin Mary, Queen of Africa, ensure the maternal protection for her children!

SIGNED:

Philippe Cardinal OUÉDRAOGO

President of SECAM

 

[1] Paul Samasumo, https://www.vaticannews.va/en, 22nd May 2020.

[2] Cf. Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Homily during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord St. Peter’s Basilica Friday 10th April 2020, https://www.vaticannews.va/en.

[3] Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Homily during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, April 2020.

 

Download the entire signed message here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/President-SECAM-Day-2020-Eng-II-1.pdf

ZCCB Statement on Constitution Amendment Bill No 10 of 2019

ZCCB Statement on Constitution Amendment Bill No 10 of 2019

ZCCB STATEMENT ON THE CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT (BILL NO.10 OF 2019)


“Happy are those who hunger and thirst for what is right; they shall be satisfied” (Mathew 5: 6)

  • 1. To the Catholic faithful in Zambia and all people of good will.
  • 2. We, the Catholic Bishops of Zambia, greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Download the entire ZCCB Statement on Constitution Amendment Bill No 10 of 2019 here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/ZCCB-Statement-on-Constitution-Amendment-Bill-No-10-of-2019.pdf

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO SUPPLY: Terms of Reference for training of Implementing Partners for the CSO Sida Project in Evidence and Documentation.

1. Project Background and Context:

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent non-profit organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation. Its mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting changes in their lives. In Zambia, Save the Children has been implementing programs across Child Rights Governance (CRG), Health and Nutrition, Child Protection, Education, Child Poverty and Humanitarian thematic areas since 1983.

Save the Children with its partners Advocacy for Child Justice (ACJ), Media Network and Child Rights Development (MNCRD), Panos, Centre for Trade and Policy (CTPD), Zambia Civic Education Association (ZCEA), Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), Lifeline Childline Zambia and Caritas Zambia has been implementing the five year Civil Society Strengthening Project-Sida CSO 2017-2021 project that is in its fourth year of implementation. It is a Child rights Governance (CRG) and Child Protection project which is implemented with support from the above listed implementing partners in eight provinces of Zambia. With the project almost coming to end, it calls for enhanced monitoring, evidence harvesting and documentation. It is therefore imperative that SCI and Implementing Partner staff are equipped with skills to begin evidence gathering and documentation.

2. Objective

Build capacity of SCI and Implementing Partner staff in report writing, evidence gathering and documentation.

3. Methodology

In order to achieve the objective of this assignment, the successful consultant is expected to: • Prepare an inception report (narrative and financial proposal). • Design training content in evidence gathering and documentation. • Conduct virtual/Physical training to 25 SCI and Implementing partner staff.

4. Deliverables

• Training report (15-20 pages) [electronic and hard copy].

• Project evidence harvesting and documentation plan

5. Target groups for the training

SCI and Implementing Partner staff.

6. Proposed time-frame

The proposed time frame for completing this assignment is 10 working days from 22nd June to 2nd July 2020.

7. Required profile of the Consultant/team

The consultant/team must demonstrate the following qualifications in order to be eligible for this assignment:

  • • The Team Lead must hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field: Communication and Development Studies.
  • • Other team members should also hold a minimum of a first degree in Communication and Development Studies.
  • • A minimum of 3 years of proven experience in capacity building in evidence gathering and documentation.

8. Application Process

Interested and qualified consultants/firms are required to submit a proposal interpreting this Terms of Reference elaborating the proposed methodology, a detailed work plan and budget indicating both the professional rates and costs for logistics/operations in Zambian Kwacha. The same should be accompanied with detailed CV for the lead Consultant including summarized CVs of other team members if any proposed for this assignment or comparable consultancies or engagements recently completed and at least 3 work references or links of sample works successfully produced in the last 2-3 years.

The quotations should be submitted electronically to Save the Children Zambia through the procurement unit.

The deadline for submission of application is 15th June 2020 at 12.00 noon Central African Time. Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews.

9. Budget

As part of the expression of interest, interested consultants should submit their competitive bid budget and work-plan to undertake this study of work in line with these terms of reference.

10. Schedule of payment

The following payments will be made to the selected consultant/team using an agreed mode of payment:

  • • On contract signing: 50%
  • • After acceptance and approval of final documents: 50%

Proposal assessment and award of consultancy

Save the Children and the Sida CSO Partners will evaluate the proposals and award the assignment based on technical and financial feasibility. Save the Children and its partners reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received without giving reasons and is not bound to accept the lowest, the highest or any bidder. Only the successful applicant will be contacted.

Interested applicants are invited to submit EOI and a budget, proposed work plan and CVs of relevant documentary team members with references of previous work done not later than 15th June 2020 to the email addresses below. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Send to;

  1. 1. Centre for Trade policy and Development (CTPD): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. 2. Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. 3. Life Line ChildLine Zambia: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Copy to;

  • 4. Save the Children International: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the entire Expression of Interest to Supply here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/Resource-Mobilisation-Officer.pdf

CARTAS AFRICA JOB ADVERT: RESOURCE MOBILIZATION & PARTNERSHIPS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Caritas Africa is one of the 7 Regions of the Caritas Internationalis Confederation, composed of 46 Member Organisations located in the Subsaharan region and islands of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is an International Non-Profit Charity Organisation whose function is to promote cooperation and harmonize the work of Caritas members of the Africa Region, in conformity with the priorities determined by the General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis (CI).

The purpose of Caritas Africa is to assist the Catholic Church in Africa in carrying out its social-pastoral ministry of spreading charity and justice by assisting the poor and the needy, responding to humanitarian emergencies, promoting community development and resilience and advocating for peace and respect for the human rights according to the Holy Scriptures and the Teachings of the Catholic Church.

Download the entire Job offer here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/Resource-Mobilisation-Officer.pdf

Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si under the theme ‘Everything is connected’

During the past week which the Catholic Church set aside as Laudato Si’ Week, which ran from 16th to 24th May 2020, Catholics throughout the world have been walking in solidarity for a more just and sustainable future. The fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ offers us an opportunity to act together in a strategic way of taking care of God’s creation, our Common Home.

Today marks exactly 5 years since the release of this popular Encyclical and as we end the cerebrations today, we are delighted to note that Laudato Si is not only a well-written letter by Pope Francis to the people of the world, but has over the years become a point of reference for the Christian Denominations, other religions, government policymakers, including the United Nations, as well as environmental groups and movements worldwide. It is a letter that touches on all sectors of life, reminding us that our socio-economic, political and environmental organisation and practices, must not lead to increasing the crisis that mother earth is currently going through.

Download the entire Press statement here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/Speech-by-ZCCB-SG-at-Closing-Mass-of-Laudato-si-Week.pdf

Press statement on the occasion of Africa Freedom Day “Silencing the guns: Creating conditions for Africa’s development”

Caritas Zambia would like to join the rest of Africa in expressing profound gratitude to the many brave African sons and daughters who lost their lives during the struggle to free the African people from the yoke of colonialism apartheid, humiliation and oppression. The founding fathers of our continent such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Modibo Keita of Mali, Gamal Nasser of Egypt, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea, Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Ahmed Ben Bella of Algeria, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and our own Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia had this burning desire to see a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Africa in which her daughters and sons would live in peace and harmony despite their many divergent views which they hold.

Download the entire Press statement here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/Press-Statement-on-Occassion-of-African-Freedom-Day.pdf

Celebrating the Labour Day in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

“Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit...Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying” (Romans 12: 11-12)

The Management and esteemed members of staff at the Catholic Secretariat.

On behalf of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), I wish to convey to you my fellow ecclesiastical civil servants, our best wishes on this year’s Labour Day. At the same times, I wish to acknowledge and applaud your continued spirit of hard work and teamwork, coupled with a lot of personal sacrifices. Be rest assured that the Bishops, not only know but also greatly appreciate your valuable contribution to the work of the church in Zambia

Download the entire message here: https://caritaszambia.org/phocadownload/general/Celebrating-Labour-Day-in-midst-of-COVID-19.pdf

About Caritas Zambia

Caritas Zambia is a Catholic Organisation that is an integral structure of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). The Conference of Bishops is a permanent grouping of Bishops of a given nation or territory that jointly exercises certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of their territory. This is done for the sake of effective evangelisation. To promote the principle of the common good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programmes of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the time and place, is the role of Bishops.