|Rev. Fr. Joshua Yima Achir, Coordinator, DPI|
In continuation of our contribution to promote self-reliance, justice and equality through capacity building, advocacy and research, the Voice of the Voiceless publication of Development and Peace Initiative is arousing your reading skills by presenting to you projects, programs and initiatives that impact on people and the community.
The year 2018 is like any other year, it was a mix of Blessings and challenges, but we have every right to say thanksbe to God Almighty who has seen us through and who has used our benefactors and benefactresses to impact on the life of our citizens.
The World Day of Peace, a yearly event being celebrated by the universal Church was remarkable ushering in the New Year, 2018. The long anticipated Local Government Council Elections that came with fear and threats was also one of the events we contributed our quota by carrying out sensitization on voters’ rights and responsibilities.However, due to lack of funding we could not observe the Kaduna State LGC election but simply monitored behaviours and attitudes of both voters and security agents before and during elections. Despite all this, political parties signed an accord for violence free elections.
We are glad that our annual Lenten Campaign held at the St. John’s Parish wassuccessful andremains a remarkable one in the series of our campaigns. Staff development and performance was key in the year 2018 as some of our staff attended workshopsand are now certified professionals in different fields of specialty. To increase productivity and team work the office took some days for reflection on the job.Boosting our agriculture with organic manure was one of our initiatives to support local farmers in some Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, namely; Chikun, Kagarko, Kachia and Kajuru. The office will always find ways of saving for the rainy day(s) therefore, investment drive on landed properties as well as treasury bills was equally initiated.
We are proud that our dream to inaugurate the Young Ambassadors for Peace (YA4P) was realised when we marked the UN Peace Day. On the same day our young students were batched and commissioned as ambassadors.
The BoT met and approved our initiatives and programs including staff motivation. While we look into the year 2019 it is our hope and trust that, the same God that used so many people to increase and impact on our work will not relent in blessing all. My gratitude also goes to the Archbishop M.M. Ndagoso and members of the Board of Trustees, management staff,other staff and volunteers who have made this publication rich for public read and learning.
It is our hope that you will find this piece your regular.
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