President of Ivory Coast Reaches Out to Vulnerable Persons “living this time of Lent”

Members of government present President Alassane Ouattara's donation to the national Coordinator of Caritas Ivory Coast, Fr. Jean-Pierre Tanoh Tiemele. Credit: Caritas Ivory Coast

The President of the Republic of Ivory Coast has donated food items to the humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the country to help reach out to vulnerable persons in the West African nation described as those “living this time of Lent”. 

On Wednesday, March 23, a delegation delivered the food and non-food items, on behalf of President Alassane Ouattara, to the national Coordinator of Caritas Ivory Coast, Fr. Jean-Pierre Tanoh Tiemele.

“The Prime Minister, on behalf of the President of the Republic and his wife, has instructed us to come and support our vulnerable brothers and sisters who are living this time of Lent,” Ivory Coast Minister of Health, Environment and Sustainable Development, Anne Désirée Ouloto, told journalists.  

Mrs. Ouloto added, “The Lenten season is a time of penance, of return to the sources and of sharing. And by sharing, we are convinced to give a little happiness to families, give them back the smile and give them the feeling that our country is a family.”

The Ivorian Minister said that politicians and government officials who profess the Christian faith need to help those in need and champion the nation’s development.


“We are certainly members of the Government; we are also politicians. We therefore lead the destiny of our country. This should not make us forget our origins, and our obligation as believers,” Mrs. Ouloto said after delivering bags of rice, cartons of oil, pasta, salt, sugar, milk, chocolate powder, coffee, cartons of soap and bleach to Caritas Ivory Coast.

She added, “Through our duties, we also live our Christian faith, our faith as sons and daughters of the Church.” 

The Ivorian government official who led a three-member delegation appealed to Priests in the West African nation to continue spearheading prayers for lasting peace in the country.

Speaking after receiving the donation, the Caritas Ivory Coast National Coordinator expressed gratitude to the government officials for “this great gesture” of reaching out to the needy. 

“I would like to express my infinite gratitude to the President of the Republic, to the Prime Minister and to the Ministerial Delegation for this great gesture. In the name of the Episcopal Conference in general and in the name of the Bishop in charge of the Social Commission, I would like to say thank you,” Fr. Tiemele said.

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He added, “It is a joy for me to know that our government has our vulnerable brothers and sisters at heart.”

This gesture towards our different institutions is a breath of fresh air to allow all these institutions, especially the vulnerable, to feel that God who came through Jesus Christ, has not forgotten them,” the Ivorian Cleric said.

The items delivered, he further said, “come at the right time since we are in a particular context, which is the season of Lent, a time of communion, a time of sharing. Faith without actions is dead; and faith must be manifested through concrete acts.”

Fr. Tiemele said the donation would go to those in need “so that they may live their Christian faith in this favorable time.”

The Caritas Ivory Coast official also assured the government officials that the Church “will fully play its role through prayer to bless the donors and to perpetuate the peace process in this country.”


“The gifts will be distributed in the different Catholic Dioceses and Seminaries of the country in the days ahead,” the Catholic Priest said.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.