Encouraging self-reliance among poor and marginalised communities is high on the list of priorities of CJI, to enable families to go beyond mere survival to living in dignity, to have all they need to be “fully alive”.
Our partners have many projects that enhance self-reliance, from skills training and informal education to income-generating activities to micro-credit programmes, and other initiatives. Some projects focus on groups of people who are particularly marginalised or badly off, like women or people with HIV.
Many people need more basic support because, due to poor health, poverty, lack of opportunity or other circumstances, they cannot be self-reliant and cannot afford to buy the essentials for their families. Some of our partners give a helping hand to people who cannot cope from day to day: subsidies to pay rent and school fees, grants to buy food and medicine, and to meet other basic needs. Those people, who benefit from such support, also work hard at whatever jobs they can get to make ends meet.
Where possible, giving basic assistance is a first step towards self-reliance. Once people can stand on their own feet, they can move to the next step of becoming protagonists in their own development.
Sometimes, CJI also supports immediate delivery of emergency aid in crisis situations like the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.