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Festive Guide

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04 December 2019


Post No. 120




The Week’s Contents


• December 2019 Programme: What’s On

• Festive Guide

• Climate Protection and Stake for African Children – Phase 3, with Madrid Makes It Work as a Working Theme


… and much, much more!



Key Messages


~ December 2019 Programme: What’s on


The initiatives inserted in the above image of December 2019 planner including those listed below are the ones that would make Festive Months and the Season of Light at CENFACS.  

They are seasonally blended projects aiming at providing helpful and smart reliefs during the Festive time and beyond.   They are a stunning selection of poverty-relieving contents designed to help not only to reduce poverty but also to facilitate the creation of a new life in the New Year.

The following is a list of selected December 2019 initiatives – Season’s Reliefs:

Festive Income Builder, Booster & Calculator, In Focus for 2019: Little Extra Income Generation

Community Value Chains: CENFACS as a Quadranscentennial ( “Q”) Community

Volunteering in the 2020s

Capacity Development for Absorbing Climate Change Investment

Thanking 2019 Year Makers & Enablers

Climate Protection and Stake for African Children – Phase 3: Madrid Makes It Work

Gifts of Peace (Edition 2019/2020)

Run, Vote & Play for Poverty Relief and Sustainable Development (Action-Results 2019)

The above mentioned projects would make the first part of Season’s Reliefs as being announced above.  Some of them intertwine between our monthly and seasonal development calendars.  All will depend whether one is reading our development calendar on a monthly or seasonal basis.

To support and or enquire about Season’s Reliefs, please contact CENFACS.



~ CENFACS Festive Guide


CENFACS Guide for Festive Season is made of the following contents: festive services, gifts of peace and the theme of season’s reliefs.

For further details about the Festive Guide, read under the Main Developments section of this post.




~ Climate Protection and Stake for African Children (CPSAC) – Phase 3, with Madrid Makes It Work


Our environmental season continues this week with the continuation of our climate campaign, which is on Climate Protection and Stake for African Children (Phase 3) with Madrid Makes It Work (MMIW) as a working theme for this year. 

CPSAC – P. 3 continues with our follow up of the climate change talks which started on 2 December 2019 under the sponsorship of United Nations and scheduled to end on 13 December 2019 in Madrid, Spain. 

The central goal of the Paris Climate Agreement is “keeping global average temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius”

Last year, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice (Poland), governments were set to agree the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Agreement.  Since then there are still outstanding issues about the Paris Climate Treaty.

CENFACS’ key demand to these global climate talks remains the same, which is: Implementation of climate protection and stake for African children; the African Children being a sample of our working climate advocacy model.  This demand is undertaking through the follow up of global climate talks like the on-going climate talks (COP25) in progress in Madrid, Spain.

Under the Main Developments section of this post, you will find the Compendium of CENFACS’ Climate Advocacy, which we invite you to read.



Extra Messages


~ Festive SHOPPING and DONATIONS at http://cenfacs.org.uk/shop/


Every occasion or every season is an opportunity to do something against poverty and hardships.  The festive season, which is a great time to share precious moments with your love ones, is also a period to spread a little extra happiness to those who do not have. 

You can give your unwanted and unneeded goods to CENFACS’ Charity e-Store, the shop built to help relieve poverty.  You can buy second hand goods and bargain priced new items and much more.  Amongst the goods to donate, we are asking carbon neutral goods as well.

Donation of CARBON NEUTRAL GOODS this Festive Season

You can donate carbon neutral goods to help reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and poverty, while creating an opportunity to save non-renewable natural resources.  This type of donation can boost the circular economy.

CENFACS’ Charity e-Store needs your support for Festive SHOPPING and DONATIONS.

You can do something different this Festive Season by SHOPPING or DONATING GOODS at CENFACS Charity e-Store. 

You can DONATE or SHOP or do both:

√ DONATE unwanted GOODS and PRODUCTS to CENFACS Charity e-Store during the festive period 2019

√ SHOP at CENFACS Charity e-Store to support good and deserving causes of poverty relief during the festive period

Your SHOPPING and or GOODS DONATIONS will help to the Upkeep of the Nature and to reduce poverty.




~ Autumn Humanitarian Appeal 2019: Only 2 weeks and half remaining!


Our Autumn Humanitarian Appeal (AHA) 2019 will end around mid-December 2019.  You can support poor people, flora, fauna, communities and organisations in Africa before the official end of Autumn 2019.  Your support can make data change their lives.

With only £2, you can create 2 benefits: 1 benefit for humans and 1 benefit for other living beings.

For example, in times of serious risk of the extension of the African tropical bio-diversity, your £1 will be more than welcome to start reversing this risk.

To support and or enquire about, please go to http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/




Main Developments


CENFACS Festive Guide


~ Festive Services


These services are made of two types of projects:

Regular or on-going projects, which are continuous, even during the festive period.  The project CPSAC – P. 3 is one of them.

Projects for the festive occasion only; projects which are specially designed for that occasion.   The project Community Value Chains is one of them.

Both types of projects are included in our December 2019 programme and planned to be delivered over the month of December 2019.


~ Gifts of Peace


These are CENFACS Wintry Gift Appeal initiative to support people living in poverty in Africa.  CENFACS’ Winter Gift of Peace to Africa is festive life-sustaining support that helps reduce poverty and bring sustainable peace.   It is a festive giving to acknowledge and do something about poverty over the festive period, which is also an occasion to trans-give and think of those who are not as fortunate as others, those who don’t have peace because of poverty, particularly in the developing regions of the world like Africa. 

For more information about this Wintry appeal, contact CENFACS.


~ Season’s Relief Theme


The theme for Season’s Reliefs which would carry us throughout the entire festive period is Peace. The Festive Season, which is part of the worldwide celebration, kicks off in December for CENFACS and ends by the 31st of January in the New Year.

During the Festive Season, we normally start the Season of Light.  The Season of Light is one of the four seasons of CENFACS Development Calendar.  It is the Winter season which goes on until March and is featured by Light Projects or Light Appeals.




What the Month December is about at CENFACS


December is a month of Income Generation, Record Tracking and Winter Lights at CENFACS.


~ December as Income Generation Month


December is the Income Generation month according to CENFACS‘ monthly development calendar and planner.  It is the month during which we advocate and provide tips, hints and other types of advisory support on how to generate additional income to cover shortage in regular income, by using other avenues within the boundaries of the law.

This additional income can enable multi-dimensional income poor children, young people and families (C, YP & Fs) to exercise their basic human right to celebrate the end of the year in their own way.  

Indeed, income poverty is one of the dominant features that characterize and number some of the world’s C, YP and Fs as poor or not.  One can imagine what life looks like when you are below the poverty line (that is an income below a minimal standard). 

It is even a painful and unbelievable situation that at the time of Festive Celebrations to mark the end of the year, tons of food and kilolitres of drink will be wasted and ended in bins in some of the most affluent places and households of the world while millions of C, YP & Fs in some of the deprived parts of the world will go hungry to bed in Festive nights, let alone without any celebrations once in a year life time. 

So, supporting multi-dimensional poor C, YP & Fs to explore ways of generating, building and boosting their incomes to exercise their human right to a decent end-of-year celebration is not only a one-off or seasonal business to make ends meet; but can also become an additional way of building and developing income capacity to reduce and end income poverty.  They are poor not only because of lack of income but also due to their failing capacities to generate enough income to cover their needs.  

As part of festive support, our Edition 2019 Festive Extra Income Builder, Booster and Calculator is available for those who need it.  We launched this resource earlier in Autumn than we usually do.  We did it to enable those in need of the resource to get the tips and hints they need to early start exploring ways of boosting their income. 

This year, this resource focuses on Little Extra Income as other vehicle to raise some basic income to overcome income poverty over the festive period and beyond. 

Besides this resource, we planned two periods of work on income generation programmes and schemes starting from this Wednesday as follows.  

04 to 10/12/2019: Income Generating Programmes (IGP) Period

During the IGP period, we will be working on how income deprived people and families can set up a series of structured activities or small projects to generate little extra income in order to reduce poverty.

11 to 18/12/2019: Income Generation Schemes (IGS) Period

During the IGS period, we will be working on how income deprived people and families can find available systematic plans of future action to generate income in order to reduce continuing poverty and hardships; particularly what scheme is workable or unworkable for them.

Throughout and at the end of these two periods, we hope that people and families can develop their own individual working IGP and IGS plans or policies to generate little extra incomes not only for the festive period, but also beyond the festive time.


~ December as Record Tracking Month


December is also the time of record tracking on our all year round projects, particularly

CENFACS Poverty Relief League (The African Nations Poverty Relief League)

Run to Reduce Poverty in Africa in 2019

Vote your African Poverty Relief Manager of the Year 2019


We expect those who took part and or organised activities on our behalf about these projects to come forward, report and share with us their actions, results and experiences about the three bests of 2019 (Best Country, Best Runner and Best Manager). 


~ December as the start of Winter Lights Season


As said above in our Festive Guide, December is finally the month we start CENFACS Winter Lights Season, the first season of our development seasonal calendar.  The Season of Light, which kicks off around Mid-December, includes the Gifts of Peace.  Each year, we produce an edition of the Gifts of Peace that makes up our final fundraising campaign and last humanitarian appeal of the year.

Peace is the festive theme we choose at CENFACS to spread the joy of Season’s Reliefs to those in need.  We try to help their wishes of relief become true with the Gifts of Peace, by putting a smile on their face with relief notes. 

To support the Edition 2019/2020 of Gifts of Peace, please contact CENFACS.

As part of the Season of Light is the CENFACS Community Value Chains celebration.  This celebration generally closes our seasons at the end of the year and concludes our yearly development calendar and planner, while marking the end of civil year at CENFACS

It is an end-of-year eventful project enabling us to look upon us again as a community of shared vision, values and beliefs which connect us as human chains with a purpose of reducing and ending poverty amongst us, and of enhancing sustainable development as well.  This year we shall focus on ourselves as a Quadranscentennial or “Q” Community.

To carry the CENFACS Community into the New Year, our discussion on Sustainable Volunteering is scheduled to take place from 05 December 2019 to 05 January 2020.  The discussion theme for this year is Volunteering in the 2020s, in the new decade

To take the other two domains (International and Fund) of CENFACS into 2020 and engage with stakeholders, we shall develop projects with energy-based contents.

For any enquiries or to support CENFACS in the month of December 2019 and in the New Year, contact CENFACS.



The Compendium of CENFACS’ Climate Advocacy


This Compendium is a summary of what CENFACS and its beneficiaries would like the climate community (like the one gathering on annual basis to talk about climate change, the COP25) to achieve for children, particularly but not exclusively African children, in terms of outcomes.

The Compendium provides several main points shaping our key demand which is as follows.

The CENFACS demand to the global climate talks remains the same, which is: to give climate protection and stake for African children; the African Children being a sample of our working climate model.  This demand is undertaking through the follow up of global climate talks like the current climate talks (COP25) which started on 2 December 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

As said above, our demand is expressed through our Climate Talks Follow up project.  This project has been implemented under the sub-project entitled Climate Protection and Stake for African Children (CPSAC).  There have three phases in this project. 


~ Phases of CENFACS’ Climate Talks Follow-up


The following are the phases making our Climate Talks Follow-up.

Phase 1: The First African Children Generation of the Millennium Development Goals and the Climate Stake

Phase 2: Climate Protection and Stake for African Children

Phase 3: Taking Climate Protection and Stake for African Children at the Implementation Level

Actually, we are in Phase 3, which is the implementation phase and which is about Taking Climate Protection and Stake for African Children at the Implementation Level (TCPSACI).


~ Key Points for the Compendium of CENFACS’ Climate Advocacy


The campaigning points that we would like to see implemented in the final make-up of climate proposals include the following:

⇒ Climate decisions need to be supportive of the protection and stake of children, especially those from poor nations

⇒ The children-friendliness of the package of the climate contents

⇒ The degree of integration of children’s needs and involvement of child protectors and advocates in the facilitative dialogue to support the implementation process

⇒ Climate friendly modern solutions to child protection against climate change

⇒ Support of children especially those from poor nations to transit to a circular economy

⇒ Support to climate neutral projects that are children-friendly

⇒ The fit of finance and insurance packages available on the market for the needs of children from developing countries like those of Africa

⇒ Effective ways of distributing these packages amongst children in need  

⇒ Financial need assessment of the costs of climate protection for children to meet children’s climate protection needs (from the basic to the more complex ones); needs including those to reduce poverty and hardships,  financial and insurance requests to meet and address the adverse impacts and effects of climate change

⇒ Climate Change Action plans in the context of local climate action (i.e. activity that looked at the gaps between plans and achievements, between what has worked and what was not working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions)

⇒ Mapping of Climate Change Actions (i.e. activity that helped in identifying good actions taken locally and rating them)

⇒ The need for an increase of climate protection for children

⇒ The way in which an international credit system for carbon emission certificates will work for child protection

⇒ The position of the international climate community on finance climate protection for children abroad (e.g. African children)

⇒ The issue of financial and technical assistance to children affected by climate change

⇒ The percentage of fund that finances climate educational needs of children

⇒ The setting up of climate plans that are children friendly

⇒ The way in which clean air fund is helping children’s health

⇒ Climate protection matters related to children of least developed countries (amongst them some African countries)

⇒ Better climate governance that works for and benefits children’s welfare and well-being

⇒ The political economy of negotiations for child protection against climate-induced poverty

⇒ Green and climate capacity building and education for child protection

⇒ Climate-friendly and children-friendly technologies for poverty relief

⇒ Climate change adaptation and mitigation programmes for children and future generations

⇒ Making clean technology fund (CTF) work for poor children from poor nations

⇒ The equity resulting from converted CTF debt to benefit children from poor nations as well

⇒ The new pledges, if any, for adaptation fund and Least Developed Countries Fund to be mobilised to give a stake to poor children’s needs

⇒ Mobilisation of the climate finance system and architecture to be designed so as to support poor children of poor countries  

Many of these points are still pending.  That is why there is a need to keep advocating and following the climate talks.


For further details CENFACS’ CPSAC – P. 3 and or any query about this compendium, please contact CENFACS.


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We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support throughout 2019.

With many thanks.


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