The Thematic Areas in Light of the Catholic Social Teaching (CST)

The named 4 thematic areas stress the seven key themes of Teaching of the church which include sanctity of life and dignity of persons; primacy of the family and community participation; rights and responsibilities of people; preferential options for the poor and the vulnerable; dignity of work and the right of workers; solidarity and care for God’s creation. 

On rural development, the church’s teaching is that; every person has a fundamental right to life and to its necessities; the right to what is required to live a full and decent life. To this regard DSSD focuses on the improvement of agriculture development, financial services, access to markets and entrepreneur development. This will help households to get enough incomes that will enable them to cater for education, health and other needs of their families and dependants.  

On Natural Resources, the church’s teaching is that the care for God’s creation is a biblical vision for justice, it is much more comprehensive than civil equity, it encompasses right to relationship between members of God’s creation and stewardship of creation, as the world’s goods are available for all humanity to use under social mortgage which varies with it environment protection and in order to effectively use the natural resources God has given without any abuse, DSSD focuses on Environment preservation; conservation of nature and water development.

Under Justice and Peace; the church teaches love for widows, orphans, prisoners, the sick and needy of all kind. The preferential option for the poor and vulnerable that include all who are marginalized in our nation beyond, to all victims of injustice and oppression; remain DSSD’s objective.

In addition to the above teachings, DSSD focuses also on issues of human rights and civil liberty. We seek to address gender inequality and disaster management and mitigation.