THE JUSTICE AND PEACE OFFICE

THE JUSTICE AND PEACE OFFICE 

The Justice and Peace office Fort Portal was instituted in 1994 to protect and promote the values of justice, peace, human rights, and dignity, reconciliation, democracy and good governance among God’s people. This was in response to the call made by Pope John Paul VI in 1968 and re echoed by the Uganda Episcopal conference in 1979.
 
A: AREA OF INTERVENTION
Our area of intervention falls under;
•Human rights
•Orphans and vulnerable children(OVC)
•Conflict resolution and peace building
•Good governance and democracy
•Disaster mitigation and management
 
B: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN PROJECT WORK
The Justice and peace programme has slowly though steadily grown in project implementation mainly through area of coverage.
 
1.The Children’s rights programme(partners MISERIOR):
From 2005 to 2010, the office has operated various phases of this programme.the area of operation was Mugusu,Kibiito,Bukuuku,Buheesi Kisomoro and Kateebwa sub counties in a total of 52 primary schools.
 
Aim
The programme aimed at changing the attitude of education stakeholders under UPE in protecting the rights of children especially the right to education. It emphasized the provision of scholastic needs to the pupils, lunch and other school requirements to fulfill the rights of children to education.
 
Target group 
Our target group were parents, teachers, pupils, civil, cultural and religious leaders, members of PTA and school management committees.
 
The activities involved:
Meetings, workshops, psychosocial support through provision of uniforms and other scholastic materials to OVCs, sensitization through Music Dance and Drama, radio jingles and radio programmes.
 
Some of the MDD sessions in Kiguma and Nyakasura junior Primary schools.
 

Pupils of Kiyombya primary school receive books and a parent poses with his children upon receiving  new uniform distributed by the Justice and Peace office
 
Civic education programme on good governance,democracy elections and human rights(partners MISERIOR):
 
This programme operates in10 sub counties  in kabarole and kyenjojo ie Hakibaale, Busoro, Ruteete, Mugusu and Karambi; Bugaaki, Nyantungo, Butiiti, Kyarusozi and Kihuura.
 
Target group: The project targets village local leaders(15 local leaders per village) and all leaders at sub county level in the area of operation.
 
Aim
The project aims at effective participation of citizens in promoting and fostering meaningfull participation in decision making process to ensure democracy, accountability,transparency,objectivity and good governance.
 
The activities involved:
The project activities include meetings with local leaders,radio jingles and talk shows.
 

A group of village leaders in a group workactivity at Kihuura sub countyhead quarters.
 
Relief
The office constantly offers relief to those in need from the Diocesan alms collection during lent (used clothes, cereals etc)and other partners like CRS. We have provided relief items to kyaka II refugee settlement(in partnership with CRS),Buhinga and Virika hospitals, Katojo prisons, Fort Portal Remand home , people in Kateebwa who were affected by mudslides and other identified needy individuals.
 

Pictorials of the various groups of people at the Kyaka II refugee settlement in preparation to receive and after receiving relief items from DSSD caritas Fort Portal
 

Keeping children safe programme (partners UNICEF):
Beginning July 2010 to 2014 a child safety programme will operate in all the 21 parishes in the diocese.
 
 Target group
 Parents and children.

The activities involved:
-Birth registration of all the baptized children in the parishes
-trainings to parents on violence against children and making referrals
-Life skills trainings among the youth