Welcome to JDPC Jos
Who are we?
Justice Development and Peace/Caritas Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos operates as the social arm of the Catholic Church, a Faith-Based Organisation (FBO) with the mandate to take care of the social needs of the Church through communities. With acceptable and , we offer , and . We serve all humanity irrespective of religious, ethnic or racial affiliation to .
Justice and Peace in the Archdiocese of Jos dates back to the 80s with awareness creation of its function in Parishes led by Late Rev. Fr Mike Nwodo as Coordinator. In 1992, Late Archbishop Gabriel Ganaka appointed Very Rev. Fr Maurice Henry (SMA), then a Vice Principal of St. Joseph’s College Vom, to take over the organisation. Fr. Henry combined this task with his Parish work and reorganised the Commission into the Integral Development Commission (IDC). He took over the leadership of the Trade and Adult Education Schools in Jos and Kuru, the Rural and Urban Development Programme (CARUDEP), also in Kuru. He introduced the Diocesan Development and Awareness Programme (DAP) and the Hausa version (KOGI), based on the principle of Paulo Freire’s work on critical awareness, aimed at training staff and Parish Committees in animation techniques and leadership for personal development and community mobilisation. This programme was implemented in Parishes within the Archdiocese and beyond.
In 2001, Rev. Fr Anthony Fom took over the mantle of Leadership of the organization. In compliance with the decision of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that all Diocesan social developments were to be called Justice Development and Peace/Caritas (JDPC), then, IDC ceased to exist. The Commission was further reorganised into four thematic areas; namely Research and Animation, Social Welfare, Good Governance /Human Rights and Urban and Rural Development with each having its own Board. Projects being implemented include, Women Empowerment, Peace Building, Humanitarian and Disaster Response, Good Governance and Human Rights, Prison Apostolate, Care for Vulnerable Children programme in the Remand Home and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) within the Archdiocese.
In 2011, the organisation was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a non-profit organisation with the name; Social Justice and Human Development for Peace Initiative. The then Local Ordinary, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Mgrs. Cletus Gotan, Benedict Obidiegwu, Mrs Lucy Kwardem and Mrs Cecilia Pinta as members of the Board of Trustees.
Presently, the JDPC Co-ordinator is Mrs. Benedicta Daber and the Assistant Co-ordinators is Rev. Fr. Stephen Akpe and Rev. Fr. Basil kassam with 7 man management team.
Justice Development and Peace Caritas of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos operates as the social arm of the Catholic Church, a Faith-Based Organisation (FBO) with the mandate to take care of the social needs of people through community engagements. With acceptable international standard and global best practices and excellent service delivery, we advocate on issues of concern and fill the gaps where we have the capacity to do so. In 2011, the organization was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a non-profit organization with the name; Social Justice and Human Development for Peace Initiative. We collaborate and network with other faith based and non-faith based organisations that aim towards the achievement of similar set goals and objectives.