OUR VISION, MISSION AND CONCERN
VISION, MISSION AND CONCERN
Our vision is to bring about the Kingdom of God within the Church and the society, liberating all people from every oppressive force that keeps them under bondage, and building a society in which all enjoy their human rights irrespective of race, creed, or gender.
The concern of the JDPC Ijebu-Ode with these issues derives directly from the deep concern of the Catholic Church with the development of peoples. In Populorum Progressio, the 1967 Encyclical in which he set up the pontifical Justice, Development and Peace Commission, Pope Paul VI, declared the concern of the church with the development of peoples. This concern was particularly with “the development of those peoples who are striving to escape from hunger, misery, endemic diseases, and ignorance; of those who are looking for a wider share in the benefits of civilization and a more active improvement of their human qualities; of those who are aiming purposefully at their complete fulfilment.” He charged the commission with the task of “bringing to the whole of God’s People the full knowledge of the part expected of them at the present time, so as to further the progress of poorer peoples, to encourage social justice among nations, to offer to less developed nations the means whereby they can further their own progress.”
The JDPC Ijebu-Ode is an organisational manifestation of this concern of the church’s. We work to name and address the evils of our time in line with the life and teaching of Christ, to bring to the oppressed and the suffering the concrete reality of the love of Christ, to practice the love of Christ beyond the mere preaching of it.
Our work in respect of poverty, human development, democracy, and human rights draws directly upon the Church’s call for a charitable response by the people of God to the cry of the poor, the injured, and the vulnerable. Poverty – and the hunger, ignorance, disease, and fear that are its manifestations – desecrate the God-given dignity of human beings and deny them the full flowering of their potential as beings in the image of God the Creator Himself. Injustice and human rights violation also contribute to this dehumanisation while, in addition, generating in their own capacity social antagonisms and conflict within the society, thus endangering peace and security and making more difficult the task of ensuring social conditions that enable people to live in dignity.
Pope Paul VI identified these conditions clearly in describing the simple desires of the oppressed of the world: “Freedom from misery, the greater assurance of finding subsistence, health and fixed employment; an increased share of responsibility without oppression of any kind and in security from situations that do violence to their dignity as men; better education – in brief, to seek to do more, know more and have more in order to be more: that is what men aspire to now when a greater number of them are condemned to live in conditions that make this lawful desire illusory.”The work of JDPC Ijebu-Ode is to help bring these conditions to reality.
The Mission of Justice, Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode is the promotion of sustainable and integral human development through holistic empowerment approach, enhancing effective structural transformation of the society without any form of discrimination.
We strive to provide a concrete answer to the challenging question posed at the 1994 Special Synod of Catholic Bishops for Africa that held in Rome: “What must the Church in Africa become for her message to be authentic and credible?”
Our answer is, “The church must become prophetic; that is, naming the social evils of our time and addressing them concretely in line with the life and teaching of Christ.” We must become an organisation working to promote sustainable human development through a holistic approach aimed at effecting structural transformation to create a society that, in the spirit of Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is free of all forms of social discrimination and injustice.”
Our Missions are:
- Empower organisations of the civil society for people’s participation in governance.
- Build the capacity of farmers and rural communities in Ijebu and Remo land for self-determination.
- Promote gender equality by increasing the recognition and integration of women as partners of men in
the care of the world.
- Provide credit facilities to the beneficiaries of JDPC Programmes who cannot access official credits.
- Create a forum for information gathering and dissemination as a community empowerment tool.
- Build in the youths the capacity for life enhancing skills to enable them live a meaningful and
dignified life as well as contribute positively to the development of the Church and the society.
- Build the capacity of the physically and mentally challenged to enable them ccontribute meaningfully to
- Propagate or popularise the Catholic Social Teachings so as to contribute tot he process of social
- Establish a functional Monitoring and Evaluation System for JDPC Programs.
Towards effective realization of its mission, JDPC operates three main Programmes:
- Diocesan Agricultural Development Programme (DADP)
- Human Rights Programme (HRP)
- Gender Equity and Women Empowerment Programme (GEWEP)
In addition, JDPC operates some support and general service projects namely:
The Resource Centre, the Savings and Credit Scheme, and a Caritas Desk, which is the charity arm of the Commission. In order to strengthen our operational capacity, we also put in place five other support services which include a printing press, a Media production unit, a Vocational training centre, Research and Publications and a small business unit known as JDPC Venture.