" Working for Justice and Peace is a Question of Balance."

The Link Between the Diocese of Portsmouth and the Archdiocese of Bamenda.

32px-project-begeleiding-icon ONGOING PROJECT

In 1974 a formal twinning of the Diocese of Portsmouth and the Archdioceses of Bamenda was established. Since then, both dioceses have been collaborating through exchange visits and the execution of projects. The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Archdiocese of Bamenda has benefited from projects funded in the Archdiocese of Bamenda by the Portsmouth Diocese with funds coming from the Church, donations from Christians, Trust, and people of good will in the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Within the period 2012 - 2013, the Diocese of Portsmouth sponsored a JPC project titled Promoting Human Rights and Conflict Management by supporting the training of support staff or volunteers and also supporting victims of Trafficking in Persons (TIP)in the Archdiocese Bamenda. In 2014, the JPC developed and submitted another project proposal titled Enhancing the Capacities of Justice and Peace workers in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. This project which has been funded, will go a long way to contribute to a more just and peaceful people in the Archdiocese of Bamenda in particular, and the society as a whole.

Still in 2014, the Ruby Jubilee Celebration of the link between the two dioceses was celebrated in both dioceses with the JPC taking part in the celebration at the level of Bamenda and Portsmouth. At the end of the celebration, the Archbishop of Bamenda, His Grace Cornelius FontemEsua formed a Bamenda Portsmouth Committee in the Archdiocese of Bamenda with the Justice and Peace Office (the Coordinator) acting as Projects Officer of this committee.

Archdiocesan Ad Hoc Committee Continues to Support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS)

The Archdiocesan Ad hoc Committee (Justice & Peace, Social Welfare/Caritas & Health Commissions) charged with the management of the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within the Archdiocese of Bamenda continues to capitalize its efforts in Humanitarian Assistance to people in distress.

With support from the Diocese of Portsmouth, it reaches out to the next set of Parishes hosting IDPs within their Parish Communities. These are St.Lucy Ntauru, St. Therese Azire,St. Gabriel Alamatu, St. Paul Nkwen, St. Agnes Mbesa, St. Michael Futru, Our Lady of Fatima Ntaafi, St. Joseph Fonfuka,Christ the King Ntambeng, and St. Teresa Ilung.

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