Above: Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ. says mass

“Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Your people Israel.”, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ., read from Luke chapter 2, as he set the AJAN assembly on the way with a persuasive sermon at the Roussel House, Karen- Nairobi. His message referenced commitment and patience in sustaining the engagement in HIV and AIDS programming.

Above: Felicienne Zongo Ouedraogo (left) of ABE Burkina Faso, and Ms. Ornela Emefa Pakou (right) reflect during mass

The Assembly is dubbed “Strategic Reflection, and Planning 2021-2025” and  themed “Reshaping our Common Mission for the Future”. As the statements suggest, it is intended to review and plan for the future as the AJAN team evaluates past achievements and challenges while charting a strategic road map for the years ahead.

Above: Lead trainer Samantha Waki during mass
Below: Clive Pawakwenyewa of IYD Zimbabwe (front) during the session, as behind him, Translators- Fr. Honore Onana, SJ., (right) and Fr. Deogratias Fikiri, SJ., avidly listen to a speaker

The two people in Luke 1 -Simeon -a righteous and devout man, and Anna -a prophetess were the reference point for the mass as Fr. Orobator encouraged all members of AJAN to not give up in their work until HIV and AIDS are overcome. “Simeon and Anna waited all their lives for the Messiah to come”, he reminded the team for across Africa.

Below: Doreen Mutinta Mapulanga of St. Ignatius College, Lusaka -Zambia keenly follows a trainer’s ideas

A total of 25 people were present today in an engagement which will take five days. Several trainers have engaged the representatives of AJAN social centres today. Fr. Ismael Matambura made a few opening remarks and invited Fr. Orobator to do the same.

Above: Linet OKoth, trainer and expert HIV and AIDS programming 

Linnet Okoth, an expert in HIV and AIDS programming -formerly of Pathfinder International- presented a concerning picture of the AIDS situation in Africa and the World and talked about the current trends in fighting HIV which are being employed by organizations and institutions in the world. The statistics show that the disease still requires attention. She explained the need for organizations to adopt new ways of fundraising because conventional ones are dwindling, and there is a trend to focus on regional domains to fundraise. She also explained the need for advocacy even in dire conditions such as Congo’s, urging the need for patience and trust in the process as “a seed planted” will gradually grow.

Below: Fr. Ismael Matambura, AJAN director reflects during mass

Eileen Laskar- life coach- followed as she delved into the subject of “Coaching as an approach in leadership”, explaining why many organizations will find this approach indispensable in their workings in the immediate future. She demonstrated the thin line between coaching and mentorship, that the former is more effective in generating sustainable change in organizations and societies. Leah Mwangi explored the importance of Monitoring and Evaluation in the implementation of projects. She explained impact, indicators, goals and related matters involved in this critical subject that even donors pay great attention to.

Below: Eileen Laskar enumerates the benefits of ‘Coaching’ as an approach for organizations which wish to be effective in their work

The conference will take five days as it will end on Saturday 6th February 2021.

More to follow…



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