Fourth Quarter Newsletter 2023

  CHAIRMAN’S COLUMN 

The year has been a remarkable one filled with so many fulfilling moments, its fair share of challenges and great accomplishments for the Commission. But ultimately, it has been a great year where JDPC Abuja experienced incredible growth and took giant strides in fulfilling her mandate to the society.

This last quarter of the year embodies our activities and services in the fight against human trafficking, in the advocacy for the inclusion and representation of vulnerable groups in the society, our commitment to empowering our young people, our contribution to the protection of our environment and ultimately, our devotion to the fulfillment of our vision as we strive towards a society where social justice, equity and human dignity thrives for the common good.

As with the previous quarters of the year, we leveraged great and strategic partnerships in this last quarter to achieve significant impact and change in the society that we serve. We are indeed grateful for all the support and we look forward to nurturing these partnerships and partnering with more individuals, organizations and institutions with shared values in the near future.

I hope that as you read through our newsletter, it will inspire you to discover the unique ways that you can also actively contribute your quota to the growth and advancement of our society.

God bless you.

 

 

School Vanguard

In commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, JDPC Abuja in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), organized school outreaches to two secondary schools within Abuja; Government Secondary School Gwarinpa and Spiritan International Girls’ Secondary School Sabon Lugbe Abuja.

In line with the 2023 theme for the celebration, “Digital Generation. Our Generation,” these school outreaches focused on educating the students on the issues of human trafficking, guidelines on digital safety to identify and report the evolving digital tricks of human traffickers. To sustain the awareness created and instill a practice where conversations on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) issues are continually engaged, JDPC Abuja and NAPTIP inaugurated the Anti-Trafficking Vanguard in these secondary schools. The Anti-Trafficking Vanguard is a progressive step towards raising enlightened champions of anti-trafficking in Nigeria and globally.

 

 

 

 

 

LEAP Africa Award 

On the 26th to 27th October 2023, JDPC Abuja had the honor of representing the United State Agency for International Development (USAID)/ Palladium SCALE Project at the Social Innovators Program Award organized by Leadership Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa in celebration of their 10th year anniversary. The event was a perfect opportunity to discuss the important issue of Countering Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) and the role that private sector actors can play.

The stellar performance and contributions of JDPC Abuja at the two-day panel discussion paved an opportunity for JDPC to feature in the next edition of the event. JDPC Abuja applauds the commendable work and achievements of LEAP Africa over the years, and looks forward to continuing their collaboration and partnership even in the future.

 

 

 

 

Launch of Second Phase of the Tree Planting Campaign

The second phase of the tree planting campaign was launched by JDPC Abuja on the 10th of October 2023 as a continuation of the first tree planting campaign launched in August. The phased tree planting campaign aims to contribute to the advocacy for the protection of the environment and preservation of green life on earth.  

To further drive the commitment and initiative of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja under the leadership of the Archbishop His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama OFR, the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) supported the tree planting campaign with 10,000 tree seedlings in this second phase. At the official launching ceremony, the Chairman of JDPC, Sir Josephat Abaagu KSM, charged the JDPC deanery coordinators and everyone present to actively work towards distributing and planting the trees widely to achieve the goal of the tree planting drive. In line with this, the trees were distributed and planted across the deaneries within Abuja, thus actualizing a major feat towards protecting the environment.   

 

   

 

 

 

YEDES Close-out Ceremony

The Youth Entrepreneurship Development and Empowerment Scheme (YEDES) is an initiative of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja that aims at providing financial freedom and empowerment to the youths in FCT by training them with lucrative skills. The empowerment scheme as an evolving program, graduated the second set of its beneficiaries on the 23rd of October, 2023. In this second phase of the empowerment scheme, 200 youths were trained in Fashion Design, Poultry and Fish farming, Catering, Leather-works and Web/App Design.

At the closing ceremony, these youths were also empowered with the startup kits/tools they would need to leverage on and grow their business enterprises that would empower them to become financially independent and also create opportunities for others.

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarship Awards

The Justice Development and Peace Committee is the integral network of the archdiocesan JDPC at the parish and grassroots level that is indispensable for the projection and implementation of the fundamental mandate of JDPC, which aims at holistically promoting the common good in the society.

It is in this same spirit that JDPC of St. Francis Galadimawa awarded a one year scholarship to six (6) of the parishioners in Primary and Secondary schools. This initiative is highly commendable and duly reflects the mission of JDPC in promoting integral development and providing opportunities for a thriving society. 

 

 

 

 

Annual General Assembly

The Abuja Archdiocesan General Assembly took place from the 9th to 11th November 2023 and it served as an instrumental platform for JDPC to advocate for the inclusion of Persons With Disability (PWD) within the church. The advocacy and enlightenment carried out by JDPC in partnership with Christian Blind Mission (CBM) and Sterling Inclusive Education and Development Initiative (SIEDI), stirred up relevant conversations among the clergy and other stakeholders, to support PWD and other vulnerable groups in the society. With this advocacy, resolutions and plans are already underway in ensuring that religious institutions and places of worship are more accessible and the support needed to integrate PWD and other vulnerable groups into the society are being provided. His Grace, Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama also authorized the services of sign language interpreters at Masses in the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.

 

 

 

 

 

International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD) 

The 2023 International Day of Persons with Disability (PWD) offered a unique opportunity for JDPC Abuja to leverage and further extend her advocacy for the inclusion of PWD in the various strata of society. The theme of the 2023 IDPD “United in action to rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with and by persons with disabilities,” significantly guided the activities of JDPC Abuja which included mobilizing support for PWD, leading enlightening conversations on promoting the rights of PWD and advocating for the inclusion of PWD in the society. 

In partnership with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM), National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and other organizations with shared values, JDPC Abuja actively participated in various activities such as an awareness creation rally for PWD, provision of educational materials for children with disability and celebrating the resilience of PWD and championing the cause of their inclusion in schools, churches, hospitals, work places and the society at large. 

 

 

 

 

 

International Migrants’ Day

The 2023 International Migrants’ Day (18th December) was not only a symbolic and profound way of celebrating the courage and resilience of migrants who contribute to providing solutions to global issues, but also a great platform to discuss the interconnectedness of irregular migration and human trafficking.

As one of the leading voices in the fight against trafficking in persons (TIP), JDPC Abuja under the USAID funded Nigeria Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) project, collaborated with Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria to organize a Migration/Countering Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Forum to mark the 2023 International Migrants’ Day. This forum provided a platform for key actors in the fight against TIP and irregular migration to lead meaningful and transformative conversations aimed at enlightening the public on the dynamics of TIP and irregular migration.

 

 

 

 

 

Archbishop’s Christmas Visit to NAPTIP Shelter

Christmas is a season that marks the ultimate expression of God’s love through the gift of His Son Jesus. It emboldens hope and it provides an opportunity for us to demonstrate love and share warmth with one another. It is in this spirit that the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius A. Kaigama OFR visited survivors of human trafficking at the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) shelter to celebrate Christmas day with them at the party organized by JDPC Abuja.

Commenting on the brilliant presentations and cheerful outlook of the survivors, the Archbishop commended the remarkable efforts and work of NAPTIP in tackling the issue of TIP and also providing a safe space for the survivors to thrive and be reintegrated into the society.

His Grace, also strongly advocated for more funding support in scaling up the good works of NAPTIP.

The Christmas party was indeed a delightful event marked by love, the sharing of gifts and the expression of hope to mark the Christmas season.