Caritas Africa: closing session

The 8th Caritas Africa Regional Conference ended today at midday after two and a half days working together. 

The new "Caritas Africa Regional Commission" was presented and confirmed by the members attending the meeting. They come from Ghana, Uganda, Congo (Brazzaville), Madagascar and Lesotho and they represent the different zones (image above). They will be coordinating our service in the continent for the next four years. 

Caritas Africa Regional Commission
The budget was then presented and approved. That was followed by a long sharing on the payment of statutory fees by each one of the Caritas Africa members. Being members of the same family (the Caritas family) it depends on all of us to keep it running efficiently. At the same time, the situation of each national Caritas is different and we wondered if asking each member to pay the same amount was fair. The new regional commission was given the mandate to analyse this and come with a new plan by December. 

Before the final speeches a statement was presented and should be soon distributed. Commenting on it, we seemed to go back to our very first session as we shared on the sufferings of the people in the continent: wars, floods, ebola, Christians being killed, xenophobia, political crisis in Burundi, the surprising silence of leaders regarding those dying in the Mediterranean, Boko Haram... They are all part of our prayer and service. 

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