Pretoria, 21 February, 2020 / 5:06 am (ACI Africa).
The challenge of natural disasters in the Ecclesiastical territories within Southern Africa and how to deal with them and having financial resources are among the deliberations of the ongoing six-day workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, involving the coordinators of Caritas Southern Africa, with participants having come from Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, as well as Namibia.
The workshop is an opportunity to equip member organizations of Caritas Southern Africa that brings together Bishops’ conferences in the four countries with essential skills in dealing challenges including resource mobilization and dealing with natural catastrophes, the regional Coordinator of Caritas Africa, Albert Mashika said in an interview with South Africa based Radio Veritas.
“Mobilizing resources, dealing with natural disasters and getting Caritas very well enrooted in communities are some of the main challenges Caritas Africa faces presently,” Mr. Mashika has been quoted as telling Radio Veritas in a statement shared with ACI Africa.
Being held under the auspices of the Institutional Development for the Engagement and Sustainability (IDEAS), a project of Caritas Southern Africa, the workshop that will conclude Saturday, February 22 aims at meeting “the needs of the Member Organizations in terms of professional standards and competencies in order to enable them to fully carry out their socio-pastoral mission entrusted by the Church,” the statement compiled by Radio Veritas and shared with ACI Africa reads in part.
The workshop has the global objective of contributing to the strengthening of the capacity of the Southern Africa Caritas Member Organisations with the countries of Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, and Namibia.