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St. John Paul II Award

JPIIJPC wins the inaugural St. John Paul II award !

JPIIJPC is the winner of the maiden edition of St. John Paul II Award, an initiative of the Rome-based John Paul II Vatican Foundation. Established on 7 February 2023 by a decision of the Administrative Council of the John Paul II Vatican Foundation, the Award honors individuals, organizations or initiatives that, in their scientific, cultural and social activities, make use of the teaching or inspiration of Saint John Paul II and contribute to the promotion of his heritage in the Church and in the world.The Award recognizes significant achievements and also seeks to support activities aimed at the deepening of papal teaching, the creative realization of the values supported by Saint John Paul II and the continuation of pastoral projects initiated during the pontificate of Pope.

On the  April 22 press release , the Vatican Foundation indicated that JPIIJPC as the first laureate was selected on 14 October 2023 by the international Chapter of the St. John Paul II Award, under the chairmanship of Cardinal Kurt Koch. The international Chapter comprises 13 members distinguished by their authority and representing various fields of knowledge and activity of the Church.

The award recognizes the Centre’s achievement in spreading Catholic Social Teaching (CST), providing concrete assistance to people in need, caring for the environment, as well as the fruitful collaboration of the seven Religious Congregations (Missionaries of Africa, Holy Cross Missionaries, Comboni Missionaries, Comboni Missionary Sisters, Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, Society of Jesus, and Mill Hill Missionaries) for the mission of the Church.

The board chairman of JPIIJPC  – Fr. Olobo Leonard C.S.C met the Holy Father on 22nd May and shared about the Ministry and its impact in Uganda. The Holy father highly appreciated submissions. The award ceremony took place in the Vatican, Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace. The President of the Jury, Card. Kurt Koch presented Fr. Olobo with the award on behalf of John Paul II Justice and Peace Center. Card. Pietro Parolin presented the Prize statuette and gave a speech on the contribution of Saint John Paul II to Catholic social teaching, with special reference to the mission of the Church in Africa

For more details on the award https://fjp2.com/premio-san-giovanni-paolo-ii-2/

Fr. Olobo Loenard – Board Chairman, JPIIJPC lifting the award in Vatican

 

Fr. Leonard Olobo C.S.C meeting Holy Father in Vatican prior to the award ceremony

 

Fr. Leonard OLOBO (middle) pose for a photo with the award and the award committee

 

Fr. Olobo Leonard reeking the award from the award committee chairperson – Card. Kurt Koch in Vatican

 

 

                                                    Advocacy against HumanTrafficking

 

 

In a drive to promote cooperation with various partners in the area of justice in peace, the center held a number of meetings with various stakeholders, the most notable one was with the Bishop of Kampala Arch-Diocese, Most Reverend Paul Ssemogerere. Discussions were made on the possible ways of cooperation in combating human

Fr Ted Osuala and Mr Avuni Alfred pose for a picture after a meeting.

trafficking in Uganda. A project proposal titled “Advocacy against Human Trafficking and Support to Survivors” was presented to him for signing. The Bishop signed the proposal and committed himself and the Arch-diocese to cooperate with the Centre in the fight against human trafficking and other areas of justice and peace.

Intervention against the Impact of COVID-19 on Teenage Girls’ Education in Uganda 

Africa Faith Justice Network in partnership with John Paul II Justice and Peace Center, Association of Religious in Uganda, (ARU)-JPIC, Uganda Episcopal Conference: Departments of Justice and Peace and Lay Apostolate in collaboration with the Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre, (JNLC), Makerere University, conducted Stakeholders’ workshop from April 27-30, 2022 at John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre. The purpose of the workshop was to ascertain the challenges posed by COVID-19 on the education of teenage girls in Uganda. It focused on understanding the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the education of teenage girls.

Stakeholders from various part of Uganda pose for a group photo during the workshop at Johan Paul II Justice and Peace Centre

Please read the report of a study that was conducted and discussed during the workshop Report on COVID-19 Teenage Pregnancy

 Combating Human Trafficking in Uganda

Human trafficking continues to exist in the shadows and beyond the reach of the law, putting millions at risk. Thousands of children, women, girls and boys are trafficked and enslaved everyday across the globe. Uganda is a source, transit and destination for men, women and children subjected to human trafficking. Children as young as seven years are exploited in forced labour, mining, begging, herding, agriculture, prostitution, among others.

Sr Mary Lilly Driciru and Mr Avuni Alfred, together with TIP survivors in an advocacy meeting at Central Police Station, Kampala

To tackle the above challenge, JPIIJPC in partnership with Uganda Episcopal Conference (Uganda Catholic Secretariat) and Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU) with support from Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) have been making efforts to combat the practice through advocacy and support the survivors of practice in Uganda. This year, the network have conducted lobbying meeting at Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and Central Police Station, celebration of St. Bakhita Day at Radio Maria, provision of psychosocial support to survivors of trafficking in need and provision of business skills start-up capital to the survivors.

Mr. Avuni Alfred – Director JPIIJPC and Sr Mary Lilly Driciru -ARU (left), together with TIP survivors in a radio talk show at Radio Maria on St. Bakhita Day to discuss issues related to Human Trafficking in Uganda

 

Curbing the effect of COVID-19 on refugees and host communities.

“Joy Corporate Boutique” showing the clothes they will be selling

The Centre, in partnership with Catholic Centre for Legal Aid Services (CCLAS) continues to tackle the effect of COVID-19 on the youth in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement under the project titled “Curbing the effect of COVID-19 on refugees and host communities”. The intervention is being implemented in Zone 3, villages 8-16. The project aims to realize a resilient, legally and economically empowered youths in Bidibidi Zone 3 refugee settlement and host community amidst and post COVID-19 pandemic. A number of activities have so far been implemented this year, which included: Sensitization of students on Gender Based Violence; provision of business start-up capital to young men and women which included grinding mill, retail shop business, goat rearing and cloth selling and provision of legal aid services for 8 impact cases on GBV.  The Centre is optimistic that such interventions will help the youth recover fully from the evils created by COVID-19 Pandemic in the settlement and host community.

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