The Catholic Diocese of Kakamega embraces self-reliance programme

The Catholic Diocese of Kakamega has embarked on a self-reliance programme by encouraging the faithful to contribute towards the running of the Diocesan and Parish activities.

According to the Bishop of Kakamega Rt. Rev. Joseph Obanyi, the dwindling donor funding has prompted the Diocese to engage the Christians beginning from the small Christian communities to actively support the activities of the Parishes and of the Diocese through monthly monetary contributions.

Appreciating the Christian support at Don Bosco Utume Centre in Nairobi, Bishop Obanyi said the monies have come in handy in supporting the day to day operation of the pastoral office, acquiring housing property which is an income generating activity, running of Mukumu farm project where the Diocese has planted tea, coffee, sugarcane and rearing of animals.

With collection of 15 Million shillings during last year’s family day, combined with the expectation of raising 30 Million this year, the Diocese of Kakamega now has a medical insurance for the priests and plans to build a plaza with offices for rental to boost the investment kitty.
Bishop Obanyi called on all the Diocese and Parishes to adopt the initiative. “Everyone, time for donor funding is long gone, support the local church” He said.

He expressed his gratitude to God for the gift of faith that he has seen in the people of Kakamega acknowledging the faithful for their role in building the Church.
Meanwhile, on 22nd, May, 2016, Bishop Obanyi opened St Anne’s Dispensary in Eshisiru Parish to offer health care services to the local community.

He thanked the Christians for working hard and donating generously towards the construction of the 7-Million dispensary which will contribute immensely to the healing ministry of Christ, calling on the community members to make use of the facility and medical practitioners to apply ethics as they deliver their services.

By Fr. Maurice Erambo/Rose Achiego

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