Explaining the structures in place to administer the latest funds effectively, Sr. Mutindi underlined the accountability system operational in her organization saying, “There is a very elaborate and transparent system in place that involves an entire team, with internal and external checks and balances.”
The native of Kenya’s Machakos diocese went on to disclose, “The program’s current year’s budget is over US $1million, so handling such an amount is not alien.”
“Additionally, Bon Pasteur Kolwezi is run in collaboration with the Good Shepherd International Foundation (based in Rome at the Congregation’s Generalate), hence as a Program Director, I don’t manage or handle finances,” Sr. Mutindi clarified.
Asked about the criteria her organization employs in recruiting beneficiaries to her project, the nun said that her team “uses a variety of tools that help identify and measure the targeted levels of vulnerability (and) in the context of identification (they use) Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM).”
“There is in place a robust case management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems within which results are managed and measured,” the nun who has managed the project for 8 years stated.
Responding to the question of highlighting some of her immediate plans, Sr. Mutindi disclosed, “The project which has been receiving funds through local and international grants for its management is in the process of setting up a social business, that besides providing dignified work and revenue for participants quitting mining activities, will also auto-finance the running of some of the activities.”
The Bon Pasteur’s approach, which Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd is applying to mitigate child labor is a program designed by the congregation, which according to Sr. Mutindi “finds its roots in good community development practice, a human rights value framework, and the prioritization of child protection and women’s empowerment.”
“Importantly the child protection and women’s empowerment components of the work are not stand-alone but central and embedded in the broader approach,” Sr. Mutindi told ACI Africa.
“The encounter and experience with the Opus Prize Foundation, the entire community of St. Louis University and my fellow (the trinity) finalists has been a dance with mystery in affirming the beauty of humanity at its best, true to its essence – images of the Divine,” Sr. Mutindi concluded.
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