Eradication of poverty Ministry
Poverty is a sign, a symptom of something very wrong in human society that perpetuates an unacceptable situation. Pope Paul VI in his 1967 Progress of Peoples said: "Development is the movement from less human conditions to more human conditions." Poverty is a sign that development has not occurred. If people in the slums are not enjoying the basic human conditions owed to them by the fact of being God's image, it means that we as Christians we have to work together to obtain better conditions of life and of development for all. This is the basis of the Ministry of Eradication of poverty. .
Poverty blocks development and prevents people from working toward these human conditions, marginalising them in the process of empowerment and thus bringing about more inhumane conditions. Yes, the poor are in our midst, and indeed in great numbers!
Jesus said very strongly, echoing Isaiah, that his mission was to "bring good news to the poor," overturning their unjust structures and systems by means such as setting prisoners free, opening eyes of the blind, lifting up the oppressed and proclaiming and establishing the Jubilee rule of freeing slaves, redistributing land and cancelling debts. Following Christ we want to be present among the empoverished of our society, empowering them so that they are able to come out of that situation.
Poverty eradication is the challenge of restructuring society so that the impoverished disappear, the immense absolute numbers of poor decrease to minimal exceptional cases. The social teaching of the Church invites all Christians to work for a more just society, giving a response to social issues - like care for the poor and eradication of poverty. Pope John Paul II called the Catholic Social Teaching an integral part of evangelisation.
Christ the King Parish - Kibera – Employment
Employment in Kibera
Unemployment is the number one problem facing the people of Kibera. As the economy has gradually collapsed over the last several years, the industrial sector has shrunk, government retrenchments have increased and jobs in the formal sector have evaporated. Currently, only about 15 % of the Kibera population is employed in the formal sector. And the wages for these workers are far too low. On average, a person employed full-time in the industrial area makes around 4,000 shillings per month (about $50.00).
The vast majority of people living in Kibera are forced to employ themselves in the informal sector. That means most people are working as casual laborers as welders, painters, carpenters, barbers and house girls. Many are also selling vegetables, charcoal, water, cooked food and used clothes. These workers are known as kibarua (daily workers) and Jua kali (working under the sun) workers. On average, they can earn 100 to 150 shillings a day, less than $2 per day.
Because of the high level of unemployment and underemployment, people here are living in very serious poverty. Most families have just enough money to pay for food d school fees. An unexpected illness or emergency can send a family into complete destitution.