It is a great honor for me to serve as the Caritas Kenya National Director.
The new platform is meant to better serve our online community by providing easy access, simplified navigation, and new online tools about our actions in Kenya. Caritas stands for Charity, it is a gift from God and our ability to love fully depends upon His grace. As a Catholic agency, our ability to help others depends upon our authentic expression of all that embodies Christ and His Church. This entails adherence to both the social justice and moral traditions of our faith. We will embrace Catholic teaching in our personal and professional lives, extending Christ’s message through the fullness of His Church. This does not mean that we only serve Catholics; we serve the needy and distressed of our community, regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. The more Catholic we are, the more charitable we will be.
Climate Change is impacting vulnerable members of our communities. There are vast, growing needs throughout our 25 Diocesan Caritas in Kenya. As we move forward, we will make a determined effort to identify the specific needs of all parishes and the local communities, extending our reach to help more people in more places. We are confident that increased funding, more partnerships and a better understanding of the specific needs of the individuals, Dioceses and communities will allow us to expand our assistance to those who need it.
We are proud of the work we are doing as Caritas but humbled that there is so much more to be done. In his encyclical Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI says “charitable activity on behalf of the poor and suffering is an essential part of the mission of the Church as a whole”. We pray daily for guidance and support to fulfill that mission.
Again, thank you for taking the time to visit our website; I hope you found or find?something helpful or informative. All of us at Caritas Kenya welcome your feedback and hope you will contact us if you need more information.
Mr. Stephen Kituku
National Director, Caritas Kenya