Development Projects and Capacity Building
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These are some of the Development Projects by District in our network:
Meeting of the MCST in Lima, Peru in October 2019
Edmund Rice Mission (ERM) Capacity Development Programme
The ERM Capacity Development Programme (2018-2020) is a three-year project that builds the capacity of ERM Development Projects to achieve our mission. It is the mission of this capacity development programme to achieve better results in communities where we live & work through our three strategic priorities - Increasing Effectiveness, Mobilising Resources and Learning and Improving.
1. Increase Effectiveness of our nine ERM Development Offices (MDOs) & 49 Development projects to achieve better results in communities where we live & work
2. Ensure human and financial resources are available and effectively managed enabling effective local project implementation in 14 countries where we have ERM development projects
3. Improve learning and sharing across ERM development projects globally to facilitate and maximise good practice in order to achieve greater impact in local communities where are projects are based.
In 2017, an assessment of baseline capacity was conducted and reported to all of the Leadership Teams around the globe. In addition, a global consultation with Leadership teams and key stakeholders found an unprecedented appetite for collaboration. In response to these assessments, the Congregation Leadership Team (CLT) mandated a team – the Mission Capacity Support Team (MCST) - to deliver this three-year capacity development project. The Mission Capacity Support Team (MCST) is a network of Mission Coordinators from around the world. It meets twice a year for team building, reviewing progress, and leadership development and training. Between face-to-face meetings, they operate in three on-line Peer Groups to implement this local and global three-year project. The MCST Executive, led by the Convenor, has been appointed to lead the implementation of the project in line with our Annual Plan which is approved at MCST meetings.
View the May 2020 MCST Newsletter
Edmund Rice International
Edmund Rice International (ERI) is a faith-based organisation granted Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) status at the United Nations in 2012. Based in Geneva and New York the ERI Team works in advocacy and human rights at the international level with particular focus on children and young people who are marginalised because of poverty, lack of access to education, lack of legal status, environmental destruction, involvement in armed conflict. ERI also supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promotes the document Laudato ‘Si of Pope Francis.
Learn more: http://www.edmundriceinternational.org
East Africa District
Participant in the income-generation activity in the Ruben Centre, Kenya
Edmund Rice Catholic Education Centre, Embulbul – Nairobi, Kenya
Edmund Rice Catholic Education Centre is a school with Nursery, primary, secondary school and vocation training. There is also a microfinance project for women.
Learn more: http://ercec.sc.ke/index.html
Edmund Rice Advocacy Network
Edmund Rice Advocacy Network runs advocacy programs within and outside Edmund Rice Ministries, which include human and environment right. They have an office and space where they run workshops etc. Edmund Rice Advocacy Network endeavours to enhance the quality of life for vulnerable groups through social transformation, care of the environment and protection and promotion of human rights.
Learn more: http://www.edmundriceadvocacy.net
Edmund Rice Eldoret Empowerment Programme – Eldoret, Kenya
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/EdmundRiceEldoret/
Edmund Rice Karibu Group, Kibera – Nairobi, Kenya
Edmund Rice Karibu Group run camps for about 80 children and youth and do community outreach.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/EddyRiceCampKenya/
Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School – Arusha, Tanzania
Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School is secondary school with vocation training within it.
Learn more: http://www.edmundricesinon.ac.tz/
Education For Life – Eldoret, Kenya
Education for Life has about 500 families living and infected with HIV/AIDS and 500 orphans.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/EFLeldoret/
Mary Rice Centre, Kibera – Nairobi, Kenya
The Mary Rice Centre supports children with disabilities through basic learning skills, prevocational and vocational skills, therapy services and outreach program. It also supports the parents of the children through skill training and income generating activities in beadwork, tailoring and dressmaking.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/MaryRiceCentre
Ruben Centre, Mukuru kwa Ruben Slum – Nairobi, Kenya
The Ruben Centre is a complex centre within the Mukuru slum that runs many activities including a primary school, health centre, Community radio station, micro finance initiatives, HIV programmes, and urban farming.
Learn more: https://www.rubencentre.org/
Star Support Group – Yambio, South Sudan
Star Support Group targets people infected, affected and those in danger of being affected by HIV /AIDS and provide home based care, nutritional support, dispense drugs, psychosocial support, vocational training, awareness creation, education support and food production and training.
Learn more: http://www.starsupportgroup.org/
South Central Africa District
Community Gathering in the Western Cluster, Zambia
Journeying Together Western Cluster - Western Province, Zambia
As a way of operationalising the Congregation of Christian Brothers’ Our Way into The Future (OWITF), a first Cluster in the Western part of Zambia was established in 2016. The Hub of the Western Cluster was stationed in Mongu, 600km west of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The Mongu Hub is serving three mission communities in Limulunga, Senanga and Luampa districts. The Western Cluster currently serves 1,361 direct beneficiaries.
St. Edmunds Secondary School - Mazabuka District, Zambia
St. Edmunds Secondary School is a boys’ day school in Mazabuka District of Zambia, established in 1964 and owned by Monze Catholic Diocese. The Congregation of Christian Brothers took up management of the school in 1967 and it has pupils’ population of 862 pupils from Grades 8 to 12. The school records annual pass rate of above 95% in Grades 9 and 12 and is one of the best schools in the Southern Province of Zambia. Consequently, the demand for school places at the school is so high that it cannot be meet.
St. John’s Secondary School - Mongu District, Zambia
St. John’s Secondary School was opened by the Catholic Church in 1962 in Mongu District of Zambia. The school is owned by the Mongu Diocese and the Congregation of Christian Brothers took over as managing agency in 1967.The school was initially a boys’ boarding school but was converted into a co – education school to accommodate girls as well who had problems in accessing quality education. The school has pupils’ population of 850 pupils (550 girls and 300 boys) in Grades 8 to 12. Every, the school achieves an average of 95% pass rate in Grades 9 and 12 examinations, making it one of the top three performing schools in the province.
St. Raphael’s Secondary School - Livingstone, Zambia
St. Raphael’s Secondary School is a boys’ day school established by the Catholic Church in 1967. The Congregation of Christian Brothers took over as managing agents in 1970 and at the present, the school has enrolled 600 boys in Grades 8 - 12. The school is located in the tourist capital city of Livingstone which hosts the mighty Victoria Falls. There is a high concentration of schools with one of the first technical secondary schools i.e. David Livingstone Technical School situated in the city. Hence, there is stiff competition among secondary schools in the district and province. In this competitive environment, St Raphael’s Secondary School performance in Grades 9 and 12 examinations is above 90% and ranks among the top 3 secondary schools in the district and top 10 in the province.
Changa Changa School - Mazabuka, District, Zambia
Changa Changa School was established by the Congregation of Christian Brothers under the auspices of Monze Catholic Diocese in 2001 after conducting a needs assessment. The school has a pre-school, primary school offering Grades 1 - 7 and offers adult literacy education to the local community members. The pre - school and primary sections have total pupils’ enrolment of 700 (370 females and 340 males) and the adult section has enrolled 55 pupils (5 males and 50 females). Pupils progress from pre-school to primary school and a few to St Edmunds School for secondary education. A few, also go to St. Paul’s Skills Centre. For the past three years, Changa Changa School has achieved 98% pass rate in Grade 7 national examinations. The school has been among the top 5 primary schools in the district.
St. Paul’s Skills Centre - Mazabuka, Zambia
The Congregation of Christian Brothers established St Paul’s Training Centre in 1981 on behalf of the Bishop of Monze in Mazabuka district of Zambia. The overall goal of the centre is to empower the youth, who were unable to progress in their academic studies, with life skills. Since then, more than 2,000 youths have been equipped with skills and now have a source of income as they are able to get employed on the mines, farms and industries across the country. The Centre offers four main skills training programmes in Metal Fabrication, Automotive Mechanics, Electrical and Basic Computer Appreciation. These programmes are offered at Trade Test Level to cater for Grade Nine school leavers. The Zambia Institute of Certified Accountants (ZICA) technician programme was introduced in 2011 for Grade 12 School leavers and was awarded examination centre status in 2015.In 2013, Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) rated the Centre as a Grade Two institution and has been hosting accounting courses’ examinations.
The Justice Desk - Cape Town, South Africa
The Justice Desk was launched by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in January 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a human rights organisation whose purpose is to advocate, educate and equip in the areas of human rights, justice and advocacy. The Justice Desk operates in the South-Central District (South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe), as well as offers support and expertise to a global community. Its’ mother organisation is Edmund Rice International, an ECOSOC Advisor to The United Nations in both New York and Geneva. The Justice Desk has four key departments: Advocacy (Research, UN submissions ,National & international and Lobbying); Training (Human rights training, Specialized training and Capacity building); Education & Awareness (National & international justice campaigns, running a Youth ambassadors program in schools, and creating African context specific educational materials); and finally, Bridging (running immersion experiences, volunteerism projects, internships, and an In-Reach program for vulnerable youth).The Justice Desk currently serves 11,112 direct beneficiaries.
Edmund Rice Camps - Cape Town, South Africa
Edmund Rice Camps (ERC) used to offer opportunities to marginalised children, youth and young adults to experience meaningful relationships and imparts in them life-coping skills. ERC used to focus on providing an opportunity for growth, support and enjoyment within an atmosphere of acceptance, care and fun. The camps were entirely volunteer-led, participants work one- on - one under the guidance of a mentor throughout the camp duration.
As a result of financial challenges, the programme experienced, it was closed down by its board in June 2019
St. Boniface High School - Kimberley, South Africa
St Boniface High School was established in 1951 in the proximity of Galeshewe township under the Municipality of Sol Plaatje (Kimberley), Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is estimated that about 136,000 people live in the Township of Galeshewe. This township is one of the poorest areas of Kimberley with a very low rate of employment (approximately 6.6%). The school provides high quality education to 930 pupils who come from the township and about 65% of them come from poor families. The school ranks among the 10-best performing high schools in the province and hence contends with high demand for school places among the local population.
Edmund Rice Youth Centre - Kabwe, Zambia
Edmund Rice Youth Centre (ERYC) is an ongoing project established by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in collaboration with the local residents of Kaputula residential compound in Kabwe District, Central Province of Zambia. ERYC was established in order to uplift the welfare of young people in Kaputula community and other surrounding communities within Kabwe. Kaputula community has the population of more than 8,000 people and 80% are young people. There is a low standard of education among the residents due to lack of access to schools and skills development. In this area, there is rampant abuse of alcohol and drugs among the young people because most of them are out of school and not engaged in productive activities. Moreover, issues of early and unwanted marriages, high rate of HIV/AIDS among teenagers. ERYC engages these young people in recreational activities and offer skills training to them to help them improve their economic and social wellbeing. The centre offers the following courses of three - month duration: Entrepreneurship, Business Communication, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Computer studies. Since the establishment of ERYC, 25 graduation ceremonies have been held and more than 600 students have graduated with the certificate of achievement in the aforementioned courses.
Edmund Rice Group - Zambia
The Edmund Rice Group is a team of teachers, pupils and school administrators that work at promoting advocacy initiatives in the Zambian Edmund Rice Schools. The group has worked in collaboration with the Edmund Rice International Team based in Geneva and also the Justice Desk in South Africa. This collaboration has seen a number of teachers and pupils trained to live out, respect and advocate for the rights all living beings; plants, animals, mother earth, people etc. The group takes its inspiration from Blessed Edmund Rice and is a conduit through which pupils put into practice what they learn in Religious Education and Civic Education. Each year the schools celebrate the Edmund Rice day together and reach out to the community with messages of hope through advocacy initiatives.
Edmund Rice Education Beyond Boarders (EREBB SCD)
This is a global relationship of schools that are inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice. The EREBB in South Central District has schools in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa working together to enhance fullness of life through the Edmund Rice Education. This year 2020 the EREBB will hold the Schools for the Congress in Cape Town South Africa whose theme is “Building a Gospel-Centred Global Community of Edmund Rice Schools Committed to the Sustainable Development Goals.”
West Africa District
Further information to follow.
Latin America Region
Participants of the Reaching New Horizon Project
Centro Hermano Manolo – Cochabamba, Bolivia
The Centro Hermano Manolosupports working boys, girls and adolescents who study and work in the local market called La Cancha. The project has four programmes: personal development, educational support, further educational development (technical), and family support. The Centro Hermano Manolo Centre currently serves 105 youth and 91 parents a year.
Learn More: https://www.edmundorice.net/portfolio/cehm/
Nuevo Horizonte – Chimbote, Peru
Nuevo Horizonte provides academic reinforcement and cultural enrichment to children of families of the neighbourhoods around Nuevo Horizonte. Over 30 children receive academic support, participate in dance classes and take guitar lessons.
Learn more: https://www.edmundorice.net/portfolio/nuevo-horizonte/
Alcanzando Nuevos Horizontes (Reaching New Horizons) – Chimbote, Peru
Alcanzando Nuevos Horizontes provides support to a primary school of 240 boys and girls under 12 years old. The project improves the educational services providing psychological support, arts and English as a second language, family training in good parenting skills and a nutrition programme.
Learn More: https://www.edmundorice.net/portfolio/anh/
Defensoría Edmundo Rice – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Defensoría Edmundo Riceprovides training in advocacy to members of the Edmund Rice Schools in Latin America, and also coordinates activities and campaigns at the regional level. Defensoría Edmundo Rice reaches over 5,000 beneficiaries a year.
Learn more: https://www.edmundorice.net/portfolio/der/
Refugiados Latinoamérica – Lima, Peru
Refugiados Latinoamérica focuses on providing nutrition to 75 displaced persons from Venezuela. It also provides housing for 12 single women and legal support in order to help the displaced persons from Venezuela get legal immigrant status.
Learn more: https://www.edmundorice.net/portfolio/desplazados/
The Fe y Alegría School provides educational support to 1,400 students, both in primary and secondary levels. The project improves the school through four programmes: Psychological support for students at risk, Assistance to children with learning difficulties, Good Taste programme that provides nutritious food to children living under extreme poverty and the Green Hill programme that increases environmental awareness among the school community.
Learn more: https://www.edmundorice.net/portfolio/fya/
Providence - Meghalaya, NE India
This is an inner-city project for school going dropouts. Named after Edmund Rice's belief in Providence, this project caters to about 300 student dropouts coming from challenged socio-economic backgrounds. Aware that the demands of earning a livelihood increases significantly as these students come into their late teens, Providence works at an innovative model of education where students, apart from studying for a Year 10 and 12 Certificate through a non-formal schooling system, also get an opportunity to check their aptitude for a variety of trades. By the time they finish Year 10 or 12 most are 18-20 years old and they have an opportunity to specialize in one of 10 trades and be placed in an apprentice job which Providence monitors. This helps them start earning as soon as they finish school and supplement their meagre family incomes.
Learn more: https://www.ccbi.org.in/
Asansol Projects – West Bengal
St. Vincent's Industrial Training Centre (SVITC), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Nai Disha. These three non-formal education projects are for boys and girls of age groups of 5 years to early 20's and coming from very low income families. The projects are spread over two campuses of over 70 acres and complement the other two big formal schools on the set-up.
SVITC caters to about 200 odd school drop-outs above 18 years of age. It has 10 trades with durations ranging from 6 months to 2 years, some of which are government sponsored. Since Asansol is an Industrial town, it attracts economic migrants in large numbers. The training at SVITC is much sought after and hence it has a very thorough selection process to continue serving the neediest. It also has a placement cell that helps every graduating student secure a job and follows-up on their progress.
NIOS on the St Vincent’s Campus is a tutorial support for students enrolling in the National level Year 10 and 12 non-formal school systems. Over a 1000 students get enrolled at this Centre each year and since most of them have full-time jobs only about 100 students avail of the support class facility. The support classes greatly enhance the chances of students passing their examinations.
Nayi Disha on the adjoining St Patrick’s campus started at the Asansol Railway station for non-school going children. It is much like a formal free school that prepares children who have missed out on schooling to be ready to be enrolled in the NIOS by the time they turn 13. Apart from education, the children’s all round needs are catered to with significant involvement of St Patrick’s School staff and students.
Learn more: https://www.ccbi.org.in/
SMO Projects - Kolkata
The Mary Rice Centre (MRC), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and the Feeding Program are on the St Mary’s Orphanage (SMO) and Day School campus in Dumdum, Kolkata.
MRC serves the needs of differently-abled children, about 35 in number, and equips them with the skills required for integration into the mainstream.
The NIOS caters to students who have completed their Year 10 in the formal and non-formal schooling but for different reasons aren’t able to sustain themselves in the formal system. Quite a few who finish their NIOS at SMO go on to do well in life.
The Feeding Program provides a hot wholesome meal to about 140 homeless adults every evening.
Learn more: https://www.ccbi.org.in/
St George’s Free School - Kolkata
St George’s School has about 350 students who come from fairly poor backgrounds, their families often living on the footpaths or alleyways around central Kolkata. It’s a free school for poorer parents aspiring to give their children an education with the English medium advantage. As a contribution towards their afternoon meal, the children pay about a dollar a week. After Year 8 the students are prepared for the non-formal Year 10 NIOS examination.
Learn more: https://www.ccbi.org.in/
Mangkara Mission School - Meghalaya, NE India
This project is a formal education set-up in a fairly remote location catering to the needs of first generation learners of the Khasi community. Edmund Rice Mangkara School is the most recent school project of the Brothers and presently runs till Year 7 with 50 students in each class, moving up a class per year.
Learn more: https://www.ccbi.org.in/
Edmund Rice Free School - Kurseong, Darjeeling District
This project is non-formal education NIOS unit for about 100 school dropout youth. Mainly meant for dropout girls between the ages of 15-21, this project attempts to prevent human trafficking of young Nepali girls who are lured into believing that big opportunities await them in the big cities and often find themselves entrapped by pimps. Increased educational opportunities locally enhance the scope of employment in the hospitality and other home-based industries in Darjeeling district.
Learn more: https://www.ccbi.org.in/
PRATYeK – New Delhi
PRaTYeK, meaning ‘each one’ is an independently registered entity, working specifically in the area of child rights. PRaTYeK coordinates a national campaign called 'Nine is Mine', advocating for a minimum of 9% of the National GDP to be reserved for Health and Education, collaborating with hundreds of other organisations and local governments to achieve this goal. PRATYeK has developed the art of ‘children’s’ parliaments’ and promotes it as a medium to have children’s voices heard and represented.
Learn more: http://www.nineismine.in/
Edmund Rice Ministries Foundation, Philippines Inc. has four Sectors:
1) Secretariat/Mission Development Office – Maasin City, So. Leyte
The Secretariat/MDO is the country management office of the Board of Trustees. It liaises with Government and Partners, supporting the three following Sectors in their programs of liberating lives through empowering poor and marginalised families and communities.
2) ERM Maasin – Maasin City, Southern Leyte Province and Municipalities of Bato and Palo in Leyte Province.
ERM Maasin through Community-Based Inclusive Development provides Child Assistance and Livelihood empowerment; Youth Development Animation for families; Community management of hearing, vision, physical and mental health problems by rural and urban communities; Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction empowerment of at-risk communities; and Sanitation and Livelihood empowerment of an Indigenous Community. These projects serve 16,556 direct beneficiaries.
3) ERM Kabankalan – Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental Province.
ERM Kabankalan has a single program called Sustainable Community Development envisioning the uplifting of small communities, including Indigenous Filipinos, from extreme poverty through integrated activities involving Livelihood projects, supporting children to stay in school through the provision of lunch, alternative learning classes for those who have dropped out of formal learning, and augmented by the training of Health Leaders in each community and other incidental social support. This program serves 2,359 direct beneficiaries.
4) ERM Cebu – Cebu City
ERM Cebu looks to partnering with other agencies in the City to jointly provide a program of Compassionate Education to Build and Uplift families living in dire circumstances: families dwelling in a cemetery and another group in makeshift shelters of a street-sidewalk in the Pier area. The program will have two wings: education of youth for livelihood and health education and related practices for the families.
Callan Services - Papua New Guinea
Callan Services prepares participants (Teachers, Community Health Workers and Field Workers) to acquire basic community based rehabilitation skills to identify, assess and manage children and adults with disabilities in the communities and be able to make referrals to the nearest Health Centre for further diagnostic tests, treatments and/or rehabilitation.
Learn more: https://www.callanservices.org/
Lantern Intercultural Centre – Ireland
The Lantern Intercultural Centre situated in Synge St Dublin, was established as a place of hospitality to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue.
Learn more: http://lanterncentre.org/
Emmaus Spirituality Centre – Ireland
At Emmaus Centre we welcome you to a beautiful location supporting peace and harmony. We welcome people who wish to take time out to find meaning in their lives through the adventure of the spiritual search. This is facilitated through various forms of dialogue, experiential programmes, workshops, conferences and retreats.
Learn more: https://emmauscentre.ie/
Edmund Rice Schools Trusts
There are three separate Trusts which have responsibility for 96 schools in the Republic of Ireland, 9 in Northern Ireland and 8 in England. The Trusts support the schools and their students, teachers, principals and voluntary boards of management, members, directors and staff in line with the tenets of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust Charter and the Eight Essentials of Edmund Rice Education.
SERV - Salford Edmund Rice Volunteers – England
Learn more: http://www.edmundriceengland.org/network-activities/revive/
Westcourt Centre Belfast
Westcourt is committed to working towards social justice by giving voice and support to homeless people and those in need.
Learn more: www.westcourtcentre.org
Life Centres– Ireland
There are 2 Life centres: The Cherry Orchard Life Centre and the Cork Life Centre. They both seek to empower young people to reach their full potential through the provision of educational and activity-based life skills. They strive to achieve this in an environment of safety, mutual respect and guidance with the co-operation of families and support agencies.
Edmund Rice Camps
The Edmund Rice Camps are based on the example and spirituality of Blessed Edmund Rice. They invite young people to engage in voluntary work and to contextualise it with a programme of daily Reflection and Evaluation. The success of the Camps is founded on a principal of one Leader to every child. In this way our young service users are guaranteed the time and attention that ensures they have a positive experience.
North American Province
Learn more: http://www.ercbna.org/