Dear AAIDRO Partners, Managers, Friends and Readers,
As I reflect on the past year at AAIDRO, I am filled with gratitude. I am grateful for you and each of our partners who make our work possible. My gratitude for the Archdiocese leadership, our department, program and project managers, the board of governors, the staff and community partners as immense as they are at the heart of our mission.
Despite so many onset challenges in the past years presented by covid 19 pandemic, adverse effects of global change of climatic conditions, inadequate financial resources, some international development partners rapid shift of policy framework etc we have managed to remain firm in embracing our mission of implementing development processes through our programs and projects to a number of underserved community partners empowering them to be sustainable. Our success story as an Archdiocesan development non-governmental organization is rooted in our firm determination to turn each challenge especially challenges confronting our community partners and adverse situations encountered in the process of implementing our projects into productive opportunities and strength that give rise to hope and transformative change for our target local projects populations. This has always been our legacy as well as our dedicated mission. Our long-term professional experiences in project implementation offer us an added advantage to do even better as we move to the New Year guided by renewed hope, vision and mission. Our plan is to match our experiences with opportunities engendered in success. In this, we draw a lot of strength and inspiration from the renown critical hermeneutist philosopher (Paul Recour) who emphatically calls us in our development endeavors to often forge the pragmatic wisdom of matching the “The Space of Experience with the Horizon of Expectation”.
We are eager in the coming year to expand our impact to others so they can have this transformational experience. I am also excited with what is to come in the years ahead, especially in terms of having accountable and doable strategy for enhanced intuitional capacity, well thought out governance and management policy framework, streamlined programs and projects. Our goals for the future are ambitious: to expand our organizational well being agenda and our mission of reaching out to as many underserved and marginalized community groups as possible with well planed participatory developmental process as envisioned. This include the following areas of focus:: Conducting AAIDRO five year Strategic plan inclusive annual operating plan, creating a resource mobilization strategy, Review of AAIDRO organizational profile, streamlining and completing the organization legal status, conducting midterm review of implementation of AAIDRO organizational capacity assessment recommendations, assessing and streamlining expansion of AAIDRO program and project scope such as revival of women Program (WID/GAD), Youth Information Technology empowerment program, Agribusiness and global climate change program etc).
All the above initiatives underscore the critical importance of planning to set our priorities and performance management for implementation and accomplishment of both our organizational and program goals. This is not an easy task but the word of God remains often our strength and inspiration as a team in utilizing time resource as a fundamental core value for undertaking this task timely, effectively and with efficiency. “There is time for everything and reason for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
What I love most with my ministry or work with AAIDRO is seeing AAIDRO, this Catholic Archdiocese development facility forging an enhanced and effective organizational capacity with as adequate resource base as expected for touching as many hearts as possible especially targeting the underserved and marginalized communities struggling with abject poverty and other dehumanizing conditions within the Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha. The attainment of the “Preferential Option for the poor” which is the mission at the heart of the universal Catholic church must always become the fundamental and number one agenda of AAIDRO‘s interventions.
Seeing the underserved communities across the Archdiocese re-discover themselves through hope and transformative change in ways even they could not have imagined brings to me personally and certainly to the Archdiocese leadership, AAIDRO management as well as our development partners a deep sense of joy and fulfillment.
I know there are so many organizations that are so dear to your heart and deserving your support. But I appeal for all of you our supporters, partners and friends to continue investing in AAIDRO this year so that we can continue to improve conditions for the most vulnerable and underserved local communities entrusted to our care in the Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha. I believe this one way of accepting this appeal with an open heart and as a practical step of respond positively to the ecclesial mission of the universal church announced by Pope Francis while inaugurating the ordinary synod of bishops (October 2021 – October 2023) which invites each one of us to walk together in communion, participation and mission.
I wish you all God’s blessings and success in your cherished endeavors for the New Year 2022.