Updated 21 November 2018
Linked with Pacong - South Sudan, Kutigi - Nigeria, Southern Nyanza - Kenya, Ijesha North - Nigeria, Karnataka Central - South India
The Diocese of Pacong is one of the dioceses registered under the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) and operating under the constitution of ECSS in South Sudan. The diocese was established as an area diocese in 2004 and was officially registered in 2008 to work with local parishes in South Sudan to provide a fresh energy and focus to its work across the Diocese in post conflict epoch. The diocese provides a means to give expression to the vision of the Anglican Communion Worldwide and is therefore a mechanism for "changing lives and transforming local communities in South Sudan"The diocese consists of 120 parishes, each headed by a priest. The current Bishop is the Rt. Rev. Joseph Maker Atot. The main programmes include; evangelism, church planting, training of pastors, food security, water and sanitation, healthcare, HIV/AIDs, education/girls, women and youth empowerment, micro enterprise, environment, vocational training, energy, capacity building and Conflict mitigation.
The diocese is a member of the Anglican Communion worldwide and as such has been involved in the Anglican movement under the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. It provides support for the diocesan programs and ministries, while the Parish Offertory Program helps parishes address their pastoral needs. The Development Office assists in general development activities within the diocese through fundraising and community based contributions.The Diocese is committed to promote, teach and maintain the Scriptural truths on which the Anglican Church was founded.By working to achieve her goals, the diocese continue with Christ’s ministry “to bring good news to the poor…, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18). Each year, the Diocese of Pacong seeks for grants to implement her development projects. Our projects promote justice and peace by addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty in local situations. For the physical health needs of the diocese, we established Pacong Clinic in 2003 with support from Diocese of Salisbury to provide medicine/drugs to the needy and vulnerable members of our society who have reported various cases of preventable diseases.
Established in South Sudan in 2004, the diocese exists to support through evangelism, church planting, education, women and youth empowerment healthcare, food security, HIV/AIDsawareness, water and sanitation, environment and welfare projects those most disadvantaged South Sudanese who still suffer from the inequalities and injustices caused by the more than 21 years of civil conflict and its economic and social legacy.
Aims and Objectives
1. To evangelize, and promote the knowledge of God and the adherence to the teaching and examples of Jesus Christ;
2. To promote Christian education, values and morals;
3. To assist in the care and welfare of the people, particularly the poor, women,the aged and the needy
4. To provide for the spiritual welfare of her members
5. To acquire land for the attainment of her objectives
6. To raise funds through proposals, contributions and any other lawful means
7. To undertake all other things which are reasonably incidental to the foregoing objectives.
8. Encouraging missional engagement with our communities;
9. Raising a new generation of disciples and leaders;
10. Responding to human need through ministries of care and advocacy;
11. Equipping all God's people for mission and ministry;
12. Connecting the church and the world;
13. Inspiring a culture of worship and mission;
14. Promoting and practicing environmental stewardship; and
15. Encouraging healthy communities confident in Christ.
We envision a dynamic and vibrant church of caring, witnessing and mission-oriented diocese.
The Diocese of Pacong exists to declare with integrity the fulfilling of God’s mission in this world by proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God; baptizing, teaching, and nurturing new believers; responding to human needs with loving service; and seeking to transform unjust structures of society.
Diocese of Pacong programmes are currently focused on following priority areas namely: Evangelism, Church planting, HIV/AIDS, healthcare, food security, education, environment, economic empowerment/poverty Alleviation, water and sanitation and general community development
1. General Health Care
Our focus in primary and general health care delivery is to contribute towards enhancing access to quality health care services for poor rural communities in Pacong diocese. This will enable us to strengthen primary health care facilities, hospitals and clinics, improve the capacity of community health workers by training and providing free medical outreach programs as well as equipping clinics with essential equipment; etc.
There are challenges of providing appropriate education and relevant skills to rural youths in South Sudan, especially in the Diocese of Pacong. Some of the challenges necessitate a basic education that motivates them to study, creation of a training program that provides them with skills for the labor market, and availability of opportunities for some of them to pursue higher education, vocational training schemes and so on.
Our focus in this program area is to contribute towards strengthening the education sector and training systems by;
Improving the quality of basic education through; educational infrastructural development, training and capacity building for school teachers and provision of scholarship to poor and vulnerable girl child.
Promoting learning and skills for young people and adults through exchange programs, social education activities and programs; provision of life building skills to young people and adults, establishment of community skills development centers, leadership trainings, provision of vocational skills as a strategy for acquiring both practical and psycho-social skills.
Providing adult literacy training programs, especially for rural communities
Developing and implementing programs that provide second chances for out -of- school youths to get back into school or into informal training courses, and/or illiterate youth into literacy programs.
3. Economic Empowerment And Poverty Eradication
The Diocese economic empowerment and poverty alleviation program seeks to identify the causes of poverty and hunger and factors fueling the trend in target communities. The program then utilizes this information to design community/target population specific interventions that adequately address these issues with a view of promoting economic independence and improving household sustainability. Depending on target population and location, our strategies include but not limited to;
Vocational skills training that foster economic independence of poor vulnerable groups through small businesses
Provision of starter packs and equipment to skilled individuals and groups and technical support/mentoring
Provision of seed grant that promote small private businesses
4. Community Development And Other Complementary Programs
This program area is interlinked with the economic empowerment and poverty alleviation program, and also a major cross cutting issue in all other Diocese programs. It is however separated in view of its tremendous importance to the entire community and society at large.
Our focus in this area is to utilize the right based approach and advocacy activities in addressing development issues and challenges faced by rural communities. Through surveys and research, we were able to identify activities and/or programs that help to develop the needs of target communities. The result of our efforts is shared with stakeholders while empowering community members on the right based approach and advocacy strategies that will enhance results in their demand for development.
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