Training on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations of vulnerability, Kigali, 10th day

Our last day of training was very practical. In the morning, we took time with Stéphane Joulain to do a case study of how to deal with possible abuse cases. A time of group work allowed us to share on the ways we understand possible situations of abuse.

Subsequently, Lowrent Kamwaza presented how to elaborate a strategic plan. Inspired by his strategic plan as Safeguarding coordinator of the Society, he recommended each and everyone of us to work on our strategic plan of sector/province to go back with concrete actions to be implemented in our safeguarding ministry.

We concluded this training session with recommendations. Those to be presented to the General Council and provincials, some to be carried by the safeguarding delegates and others to be proposed to our different sectors/provinces. We committed ourselves in a final statement (Kigali Statement) to implement this ministry of safeguarding.

Safeguarding is our commitment

By: Alex Manda, Clément Kpatcha, Guy Sawadogo, Lowrent Kamwaza (News Team)

Training on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations of vulnerability, Kigali, 8th day

We had two speakers for the 8th day of our training session. In the morning, we welcomed the Reverend Father Romuald Uzabumwana, a member of the Pallotine Fathers. He is a psychologist and lectures at the Institute of Anthropology of the Gregorian Pontifical University. He addressed the theme “Safeguarding and healthy boundaries in relational and pastoral contexts”. Fr Romuald presented the different factors of pastoral boundaries that exist and insisted on the importance of cultivating appropriate and healthy relationships while administering the people of God. He also emphasizes that, for us pastoral agents, pastoral supervision is the key to our ministry in order to reduce the risks of abuse. 

In the second session, our confrere Lowrent Kamwaza gave a presentation on the skills needed to conceive relevant safeguarding training sessions/workshops for different target groups. He stressed the need to consider a number of key issues and elements for a workshop. A sound workshop should be participant-oriented with an approach that ignites active participation and aims at positive results.  To practice, we worked in groups by provinces to craft sample training sessions for different audiences of our provinces.

Safeguarding is our commitment

By: Alex Manda, Clément Kpatcha, Guy Sawadogo, Lowrent Kamwaza (News Team)

Training on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations of vulnerability, Kigali, 3rd day

This third day of our training session was nourished by the interventions of our confreres Lowrent Kamwaza and Stéphane Joulain.

In the first session, Lowrent helped us to deepen our understanding of the different forms of abuse and some key terms used in the Ministry of Safeguarding of Minors and Persons in Vulnerable Situations. As for Stéphane, he presented the consequences of abuse on victims and the indicators of possible abuse.

At the second session, Lowrent elaborated on some essential tools necessary to create a consistent culture of safeguarding. To conclude the day, Stéphane artuculated the historical background of the development of the Society’s safeguarding policity to the latest version of 2022.

By: Alex Manda, Clément Kpatcha, Guy Sawadogo, Lowrent Kamwaza (News Team)

Training on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations of vulnerability, 17th June 2024

Today we have started the session on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations in vulnerability, at the Lavigerie Missionary Center, in Kigali (Rwanda). This worshop is organized by the General Council of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa. Twenty-five confreres from all over the world are taking part in this training.

The session began with the eucharistic celebration presided over by the provincial of the province of Central Africa, Father Arsène Kapya. Entrusting the session to the Holy Spirit, he exhorted us during his homily to take care of the smallest, the weakest and the vulnerable (referring to the experience of the poor Naboth before the mighty Acab and his wife Jezebel in 1 Kings 21:1-16). He concluded by urging us to make our environment safe and healthy for everyone.

The opening of the session was marked by the welcoming remarks of the Superior General, Fr. Stanley Lubungo. In his speech, he called the confreres to take this time of training at heart, by appropriating the policy of the Society for Safeguarding. Following the Superior General, the first assistant, Fr. Francis Bomansaan (appointed bishop of the diocese of Wa in Ghana) insisted on the integrity without which our mission is meaningless.  

In launching the session, the Society’s Coordinator for Integrity in Ministry, Fr. Lowrent Kamwaza, situated the theme in the broader context of the universal mission of the Church’s. The rest of this first day was devoted to rich sharing and listening to each other’s experiences in their respective missions.

By: Alex Manda, Clément Kpatcha, Guy Sawadogo, Lowrent Kamwaza (News Team)