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CARRA Appeal

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14 February 2018

Post No. 26


Our Sustainable Development month continues as planned; just as our work on Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals under the 3G project or African Children Climate and Sustainable Development Goals (ACCSDGs).

The week is also of the start of our second wave of appeal under the Light projects with this time a focus on the Central African Republic and Region of Africa – the CARRA Appeal.

We have added to the Light projects a financial element in the form of donation and gift aid which we are asking to supporters to consider. 

We have to bring in this financial addition to the Light Appeal as some of you have requested us to include the possibility to donate or provide a gift in our advocacy for those who wish to do so. 

This inclusion has been done although the principles of creation of the Light Project remain and rest on its spiritual and developmental values to convey the message of peace and deliver hope. 

This financial aspect of the Light Appeal can be found on the page Support Us of this website at http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/ 

Before presenting the CARRA Appeal to you, let’s pursue once more the Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals with this week’s sub-theme: LOCALISATION IS NOT A RETREAT.  We are doing it while dealing with our plans about ACCSDGs and the Local Year Campaign.

Localisation is not a retreat

Engaging with localisation is not a retreat from the process of globalisation of sustainable development goals.  Localisation is an added value to globalisation and a process of designing and applying at the local level the goals we all agree as a global community.  We want these goals to reflect the needs and aspirations even better to be the making of local people.  And as 2018 is the Year of Local People at CENFACS, we would like these goals to be honed by them – the Local People

As part of the localisation process this week, we are dealing with the skills and knowledge that make localisation process easier.  These skills can be added to our data bank of skills for poverty relief and sustainable development.

ACCSDGs and the Local Year Campaign

We are processing with the identification of outputs and intermediate outcomes regarding Climate and Sustainable Development Goals while continuing building on advocacy for a better local impact as planned.

Our Local Year Campaign continues with search on ways of making global goals honed by local people while working on indicators to measure local outcomes for local people.

For more on the localisation work this week, please contact CENFACS.



This appeal is about the conflict-affected and impoverished peoples of Central African Republic (CAR).

CAR is one the lowest ranked countries with a human development index 0.352 in value according to the United Nations Development Programme (*). This country has been caught in a deadly conflict since 2013.  CAR has a failing State unable to protect its own population.  In 2016, it spiraled into civil war.  The same conflict reappeared recently. 

(*) United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2016 – Human Development for Everyone, New York, 2016

Whatever the arguments from different sides engaged in this long running conflict, something needs to done to bring peace and hope for the ordinary people who quite often are the victims of rivalry they do not understand neither control.

CENFACS appeal is apolitical, non religious and non partisan from the conflicting sides and between the two armed self-defence groups loosely-organised and others.

This current appeal is the 3rd Light Project concerning the CAR.  In 2014 and 2015, we launched similar appeals.   And some forms of truce and normality were established. 

We thank those who responded our previous appeals and to similar appeals regarding the CAR, as well as those who worked to save lives there.

As there is a repeat to the crisis, we are renewing our appeal for support to the Victims of Armed Conflicts.  And this appeal is part of the series of our Light Projects carried out this Winter 2018.

What this new appeal will achieve compared to the previous ones

This renewed CARRA Appeal will help to bring peace and hope to the long suffering local and ordinary peoples of CAR.  Particularly, one can hope with your support, the following can be achieved

  • End five years of misery of the local poor people there
  • Stop chaos and lawlessness as well as the killings and counter-killings of innocent local people
  • Neutralise the armed groups that are responsible for these innocent killings
  • Reduce conflicts over natural resources (e.g. diamonds, gold and silver) and over spaces
  • End successive waves of ethnic cleansing
  • Reduce strife between fundamental religious groups etc

Who are going to benefit from this appeal and your support?

The beneficiaries of your action include the following

  • Self-protected persons
  • Internally displaced people in the areas of Markounda for example
  • Local poor traders and amongst them women traders
  • Those living in extremely difficult conditions
  • Confined families in makeshift shuts
  • The victims of the fight between the two prominent rival armed groups
  • Poor traders facing off with militia over extortion demands etc

To Light a Blaze of Hope for the Conflict Victims in CAR, contact CENFACS. 


Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support in 2018.

With many thanks!


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2018 As The Local People’s Year

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07 February 2018

Post No. 25

Sustainable Development Month –

⇒ Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals

February is our sustainable development month according CENFACS development calendar/planner.  The concept of sustainable development used by CENFACS is the one given by the World Commission on Environment and Development as “a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (1)

(1) Brundtland et al, Our Common Future, World Commission on Envirnment and Development, The Brundtland Report, Oxford University Press, London,  1987 

Since the Global Goals for Sustainable Development were declared and agreed in 2015 by the United Nations, we tend to focus in February on these goals. 

Last February, we tried to contextualise Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by placing them in children settings and programmes.  As we are in CENFACS’ Year of the Locals this year, we are working on the best way of making SDGs local goals as well. 

Localisation, which is the inverse process of globalisation, is a shift in the focus to the sub-national level.   It is a process of making SDGs more suitable for local areas and people. 

Localisation is needed because the process of globalisation of sustainable development does not always address the needs and concerns of people and communities at the local level. 

Speaking about the connection between the local and contentious politics regarding global environmental governance, Kate O’ Neill (2) argues that “Global environmental change … has unequal impacts around the world”. (p. 208).  She gives the case of Inuit Peoples of the Arctic Circle who need to take their own action to change global politics around environmental issues.

( 2 ) Kate O’ Neill, The Environment and International Relations, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

From Kate’s say, there is a need to localise SDGs to make them local people’s goals.  Localisation of SDGs is just one of the many examples of localisation.

If any global goals for sustainable development and poverty relief touch local life and local people, then there would be a need to make them local; that is honed by local people. 

This could be done for global goals (like SDGs and climate change goals).  This is the same for regional, bilateral, multilateral, national and international goals.     

To support and or enquiry about localisation of SDGs, please contact CENFACS

This February is also about the other two projects in our development calendar, which are: ACCSGDs (3G project) and project 16 in 4.



Continuing our advocacy from where we left it…

Our Work about ACCSDGs in 2017

Last year, we upgraded our work on the African Children’s Climate and Sustainable Development Goals with Contextualization of these global goals in any work we do for and with children.

Contextualizing sustainable development goals (SDGs) is a process of assigning meaning of sustainability in whatever we do and try to achieve as outcomes for and with children.  We also contextualise climate goals.

As a result of this initiative, we contextualised and placed CSDGs in children settings and programmes, and measured their effects on the welfare and well-being of the same children.  

This helped to widen the scope of the well-known three dimensional aspects of sustainability: economic, social and environmental.  In doing so, we managed to improve our understanding of contextualising practice of CSDGs for children. 

As part of this contextualising process, we dealt with the following two questions during the first act of 3G project:

1/ Are (or will) Climate and Sustainable Development Goals (CSDGs) working (work) for children? 

2/ Are (will) CSDGs positively impacting (or impact) children’s welfare and well-being? 

If the answers to these questions were no or little, then we needed to clearly advocate for strong impact from CSDGs for children in multi-dimensional aspects of their life: education, protection, housing, health, environment, economic well-being, social etc.  Which we did.

The main purpose of this first act was to reduce and nullify adverse impacts of global goals on children while maximising benefits and good impacts deriving from the application of these goals.  All this is done for the sake of children’s welfare and well-being. 

So, 3G project is the impact level in CENFACS’ process of advocating that global goals work for children and not way around.  It is indeed the testing of the gains that global goals claim to achieve and of their impact on the welfare and well-being of children.

To handle this process we may need to make and answer the same questions.  Are global goals (here CSDGs) working for children?  Are they positively impacting (strongly, weakly and averagely) child poverty or on children?  The answers to these two questions provide the basis to formulate our advocacy in the context of 3G project, advocacy which is to demand not only an impact but a better impact from CSDGs.   

This year’s work about ACCSDGs

One year on, we can argue that there are mixed opinions regarding the impacts of CSDGs.  Some think there is an impact while others argue there is no difference. 

However, it is too earlier to get the real impacts since SDGs have been around only for 2 years.  It is also premature to speak about the impacts of global climate goals as there is still some discussion regarding the climate finance and insurance without talking about other related issues. 

But, this does not stop us to start thinking to formulate an advocacy strategy to demand a better impact from CSDGs.  Especially as we are still at the impact level with this project.

It emerges from the above that the next step about ACCSDGs (3G) is advocacy strategy for a better impact.  This advocacy will be conducted under the banner of Generation Global Goals (3G), highlighting the different global goals and what they claim to achieve for local children. 

Advocacy on Better Impact is also part of our 2020-2030-2063 Follow-up Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Climate Change Reduction, of Halving Poverty, of Sustainable Development Goals and of Africa Agenda (XX236.3 FP). 

While we are formulating our Better Impact Advocacy, we are also looking at or measuring intermediate outcomes and outputs that CSDGs are having so far.  As we all know, project impact does sometimes take time to materialise.  At this stage, we can only speak about some changes.

This is what this February 2018 activity will be about regarding ACCSDGs.  It is will be about whether or not there are outputs and intermediate outcomes achieved so far 

However, as we are in CENFACS’ Local Year or the Local People’s Year, we are also searching this February on ways of localising CSDGs.  We are working on a process of making CSDGs more suitable for local children and local areas.

As you know local people include local children as well.  Because we are at the Impact level of CSDGs, we will be making an effort through our Better Impact Advocacy to capture local impact for local children as far as CSDGs are concerned.

Following from what precedes, our work on African Children during this February will have a three-dimensional aspect as follows:

• Identification of outputs and intermediate outcomes (or changes) achieved so far from CSDGs while localising them

• Continuing building on our advocacy strategy for a better local impact

• Exploring steps and activities to making 2018 as the Year of Local Children

To support and or get further details about ACCSDGs, please contact CENFACS


⇒  2018: Dedicated as a Local Year or Local People’s Year

This year, it will be 16 years since CENFACS was registered as a charity in 2002.  During these 16 years, we have been working with local people as it is specified in our charity objects.  . 

It is not by chance if CENFACS’ motto says: “Working in partnership with local people to develop sustainable initiatives”  

To acknowledge our 16 years of work with local people, we have decided to dedicate 2018 as the Locals’ Year.

Sixteen Years of CENFACS in Four Days

Sixteen years in the life of a person (physical or moral) is the age of maturity.  To acknowledge that CENFACS is now a mature organisation and has been working with local people, we will be running two sub-projects which are two parts of the same coin.  They are:

1/ 2018 as a Local Year, this will carry us throughout 2018

2/ A project called 16.4 highlighting CENFACS as a mature organisation (i.e. 16 years of working with the locals to be acknowledged in 4 days).

The details of the project Sixteen Years in Four days (16.4) will be released in due course.  In meantime, let’s talk a bite about our Local People’s Year or the the Local Year Campaign, which already started since January 2018. 

2018 as a Local Year or the Local People’s Year

Before going further, let’s first define the local people of CENFACS

Who are our local people?

As some of you know, development is about people made by people for people.  The local people who have been working with us to develop sustainable initiatives are as follows:

♣Project and programme initiators who initiate them and work with CENFACS in the planning and implementation process, initially these people were based in Africa

♣ Project and programme beneficiaries who get their need of poverty and hardships sorted through the development of sustainable initiatives

♣ The representatives and members of staff of grass root Africa-based organisations with whom they have working relationships in last the 16 years

♣ The representatives of community organisations in the UK (Croydon) dealing with community development with whom we networked on different issues

♣ Representatives of African Diaspora organisations in the UK with who we shared various platforms on different issues concerning Africa

♣ Representatives and members of staff of Non-governmental organisations based in the UK and engaged in international development with who we networked on different occasions

♣ Local authorities and community leaders that facilitated our work on the grounds

♣ Individuals working on the grounds in contact with the people living in poverty and hardships, the ones our projects and programmes benefited

♣ Volunteers and supporters from where our projects and programmes were implemented or delivered

♣ Field workers involved in the areas of operation of CENFACS in the UK and Africa

♣ Inhabitants where our projects and programmes were based in the UK and Africa etc

In brief, these local people are CENFACS’ personas in digital marketing and the raisons d’être of CENFACS.  All the types of persons mentioned above had and have some involvement and participation in their responsibility in the local issues to make local needs to be met.  This is why they are our local people.

Now you know who are CENFACS’ local people, let’s see what our 2018 of the Locals will likely to be.

Contents for 2018 as Year of the Locals

It will be first about remembering some of the key works we did together with our local people in the last 16 years.

We will then take some actions to feature 2018 with some local people’s themes to highlight the dedication we have made to it. 

Moreover, it will be about localisation economies in the voluntary sector (when poor local people with specialised skills are located locally and taking advantage of better opportunities). 

The year is as well of local indicators and outcomes to measure what we do with the locals.

Briefly, our actions will include:

♦ Localisation of global goals by making them local and honed by local people

♦ Local approach on poverty and vulnerability issues

♦ Linking local and national and global

♦ Linking local in the UK and local in Africa

♦ Local projects bringing local benefits

♦Local People or local champions or even local heroes making local impacts

As the year moves on, we will inject local features bit by bit into out projects and programmes to reflect our Local People’s Year.

For further details about CENFACS’ Local Year, please contact CENFACS.

Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support in 2018.

With many thanks!

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The DRC Appeal Continues…

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31 January 2018

Post No. 24

This week is the second one for our DRC Appeal which was launched under the Light projects.  The first appeal was about Conflict Victims while this one is about Flood Victims.

Before dealing with this week’s appeal (Flood Victims), let’s highlight other matters trending at CENFACSSPHERE and making this week’s contents as well. They include: the ends of this year’s Gifts of Peace and Responsible Consumption campaigns, and Unwanted Festive Gifts.


Our Gifts of Peace campaign ends today.  However, as there is always a life who desperately needs support we will continue to accept any giving made beyond the deadline of 31/01/2018.

We would like to thank you all for your Gifts and for making our Season of Peace to happen.

Our January month of Responsible Consumption ends today as well.  However, our resource on Consume to Reduce Poverty (CRP) and Climate Change is still available for you from CENFACS depository and e-Shop.  Likewise, our CRP advisory and advocacy project is still running.

Again CENFACS would like to thank you for your support about Responsible Consumption and for being responsible consumers yourselves.


Some of you may have received gifts over the festive period.  If you decide you don’t want or need them, we wonder if you could consider CENFACS Charity e-Shop for donation of your Unwanted Festive Gifts.

Our Charity e-Shop is ready to receive your Unwanted Festive Gifts that you may have received over the festive time and you don’t want or need them.

You can donate your Unwanted Festive Gifts to CENFACS to help raise the money for the deserving causes of poverty relief.

Donating Unwanted Gifts or goods is also an opportunity or alternative way to recycle those goods you have received or bought that they are no longer needed.  

To donate your unwanted gifts or goods, contact CENFACS or go to http://cenfacs.org.uk/shop/


With Lighting A Blaze Of Hope For The Flood Victims In DRC

Last week, we appealed to you to Light a Blaze of Hope for the Conflict Victims in the DRC.  We thank you for your response.

As the DRC Appeal is within a series of appeals under our Light Projects, this week is the second part of DRC Appeal.  So, our Light Projects to deal with the complex humanitarian situation in DRC continue this week.  This time is about Lighting a Blaze of Hope for the Flood Victims there.   

Why we are appealing for the Flood Victims in DRC

Since 2017 until this January, DRC has been badly flooded particularly in the North Kivu and Kinshasa to name just two of the flooded areas there.  According to local sources, Kinshasa experienced records of 182 mm of rain in a 24 hour spell. 

As a result, there have been a great number of homes swiped by heavy rains, collapsing walls and landslides, exacerbation of diseases with 55000 cases recorded of cholera and 1190 deaths from cholera. 

Adding to this pitiable picture, there are poor sanitation and lack of access to safe drinking water, poor infrastructure and flooded roads with rainfall etc.  The number of deaths from flooding continues to increase. 

This difficult environmental health situation is happening at the time when the same country is confronted with armed conflicts over its democratic transition processes.  The conflicting situation has already made the local Congolese people to pay a heavy price. 

According the same local sources, about 10.5 million people are bound to be in distress this 2018; 1.7 million of people were internally displaced; dozens of mass graves were found in conflict-stricken villages etc. 

In addition to this appalling situation, a high number of human rights abuses was accounted from the sides of  the rebels, government forces and state-linked militia (called Bana Mura), as well as extreme violence by militia groups and government forces. 

Despite these alarming conditions, only half of funding appeal was received; meaning that the rest has not yet being released.

What we are asking you to do

Whatever the causes or reasons (such as flooding and or conflict or other types of events) of the crisis there, it makes sense that the international development community that we make up acts and supports NOW, NOT LATER!

This is why the Light Projects exist at CENFACS.  The Light Projects are not just about appealing for funding although there is a say that “Money is King”.  Light Projects are also and more about making the mechanics of the international development system and the development community to do something about difficult conditions poor local people can be caught in. 

Things such as talking to someone who has influence or power on what is happening on the ground can change life; just as networking, campaigning, responding to a petition etc. can make a significant impact.  A telephone call or a mobile phone text message or even a tweet can save millions of lives. 

These kinds of simple things that one can do matter a lot for those whose life is at risk.  It is not surprising if Wangari Maathai said that “It is the little things citizens do that is what will make the difference” (Wangari Maathai, Environmental Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

CENFACS’ little thing is to assemble resources and make this appeal.  We are now asking you to do your little thing, if you can, to make helpful difference to the life of the Flood Victims in the DRC

Our appeal is all about going beyond the big picture of humanitarian relief aid and military intervention by doing little things such as Bringing and Lighting a Blaze of Hope for those who are in a desperate situation and have a pressing need there.

Briefly, because of the greater need arisen from the current grave situation in the DRC, CENFACS is appealing to the world of peace, to you to support its Wintry call of LIGHTING A BLAZE OF HOPE FOR THE FLOOD VICTIMS IN DRC.

To support this appeal and the Flood Victims in DRC or to enquiry about the Light Projects, contact CENFACS.

Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support in 2018.

With many thanks!


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DRC Appeal

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24 January 2018

Post No. 23


The 23rd Post of this Blog Page will cover our Light Projects which kick off with the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) Appeal, the return of our All-Year Round Projects (i.e. Play, Run and Vote) and   our last reminder about the Gifts of Peace.

Summaries of the Contents for Post No.23



We are again appealing to you/potential donors to donate or support our Gifts of Peace. 

Sometimes, we take peace as granted but for those living in poverty it isn’t! You can donate to make peace become a reality in their life this January 2018.

To donate and or for further details about Gifts of Peace, go to http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/




Play the CPRL for the Passion of the Poverty Relief Game!

CENFACS’ first tier poverty relief competition is still on.

Matches Started Since the 1st of January 2018: 16 teams and 32 matches

You can join the game at any time this Winter 2018.

Which of your team country will reach the Finals Last Four Next Autumn?

To know that you need Playing or Gaming for Poverty Relief and Development.

Please don’t forget to tell your game story including fixtures, scores and results.



As said above, our Light Projects 2018 are kicking off this week by Lighting a Blaze of Hope for Conflict and Flood Victims in the Central Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This is a continuation of last year appeal on the same DRC.  Last year, we appealed to you and to the international development community to light a blaze of hope for the local people of DRC for their unfinished democratic transition to be resolved in peace. 

Many of you responded to our appeal and we thank you for your response.

This year, since there is a repeat of potential fights between the conflicting sides together with the flooding situation which occurred recently, we would like to appeal to you again to do something new to the complex humanitarian and democratically disputed circumstances of the DRC

Because of the nature of CENFACSLight Project (addressing the two problems faced by the victims of armed conflicts and destructive natural disasters), we will conduct two appeals for DRC this year. 

We are first re-launching our appeal to support Conflict Victims this week, and then the following week we will focus on Flood Victims.

To support DRC Appeal, contact CENFACS.


To get a better understanding of the contents/summaries presented above, please continue to read below.



This first wave of Winter 2018 Light Appeal projects is about Bringing and Lighting a Blaze of Hope for the Hardest Hit People in the DRC by Continuing Armed Conflicts and Unfinished Business of Peaceful Transition to Political Democratisation Processes

Since the DRC embarked in the mid-1990s on the process of political democratisation, their new experience has never ended.  Instead, it resulted in continuing armed conflicts and political instability, particularly in the eastern side of the country without excluding the Capital Kinshasa. 

As a charitable organisation, we understand the level of complexity of the issues there and the arguments/reasons from different conflicting sides.  What we are interested in are the innocent local people of the DRC who have been hardest hit for almost two decades and half of neglect and suffering from this controversial process. 

Our appeal is apolitical and impartial.  It is about supporting the ordinary local poor Congolese people who have been caught in a political process they do not control and that made their lives miserable since it began. 

We are Lighting a Blaze of Hope for Poverty Relief and Development so that the local Congolese people in DRC could turn their two decades and half of suffering into a future of hope, peaceful and sustainable development. 

We are advocating and hoping that the wisdom will prevail from the mindsets of all involved parties so that the lives of vulnerable and poor DRC local people are protected while this process is still going through until it finishes peacefully. 


These are: the victims of sporadic or organised violence, the dissatisfied with blocked election process, the discontented of two decades and half of unsuccessful transition to political democratization, the continuously poor unpaid  workers and civil servants, poor farmers victims of weak international commodity prices and declining terms of trade, internally displaced persons especially in the Kasai and Kivu, innocent victims of local rebel factions and armed ethnic militias that control some parts of the Congolese territory and destabilized the territory, the poor local people paying the price of high levels of corruption at the high-level of the country’s governance, those who have been denied of free expression and voice, in brief the angry for the lack of freedom from the Unfinished Business of Transition Process to Political Democratisation.  These are the poor local sufferers from civil unrest, economic insecurity and armed conflicts.


To support this Winter 2018 Appeal and communicate with CENFACS, please use the following:

w: www.cenfacs.org.uk  t: 07950515191 e:facs@cenfacs.org.uk  r:1092432


Our three All-year Round Projects – which are PlayRun and Vote – are back this January 2018 for another year running.


There are many ways you can support CENFACS’ 2018 RUN TO REDUCE POVERTY IN AFRICA (2018 RRPA).

You can choose what you intend to do to support as follows: 

  • Research & report to CENFACS your AGGRAPR (African Global Games Runners, Agents of Poverty Relief)
  •  Organise a run or race event
  • Include CENFACS’ 2018 RRPA into your event days
  • Support this project generally or miscellaneously
  • Straightway donate to CENFACS.  

If you are Running for Poverty Relief and Development, you can do it alone or as a group. 

For more details about CENFACS’ 2018 Run To Reduce Poverty in Africa, please contact CENFACS.



The World’s Development League without Relegation!

  • Those who make progress on poverty reduction get rewarded by moving up on top their economic grouping/band.
  • Those who fall behind poverty reduction get the support they need, not a punishment.


The 2018 championship of CENFACS Poverty Relief League (CPRL) started since the beginning of the year. You can play or support projects for poverty relief in Africa.

If you are Playing the CENFACS Poverty Relief League and its sub-project Le Dernier Carrẻ, there are 16 team countries in this Poverty Relief and Development League playing each 32 matches/games each against the other. 

If you have not yet registered and or started to play for poverty relief and development, you can still register to play and or support.

 Register NOW!


Relieving poverty is not an exclusive business or a matter of specific organisations or individuals who have that task, skills, capacity, mission or vision. Poverty can be relieved by everybody as long as they have the willingness, ability and wisdom to do so. However, to continue to relieve it requires more than the above qualities; perhaps it could demand passion, hard-working enterprise and above all tireless work.

Having considered a number of experiences, works and evidence-based stories about people’s contribution to poverty relief, CENFACS set up in 2014 an all-year round scheme aiming at finding the Poverty Relief Manager (PRM) of the year. This is a Vote project – a yearly project of selecting, voting and rewarding in CENFACS’ way and terms people’s contribution to poverty relief in Africa. This project is run together with the projects RUN TO REDUCE POVERTY IN AFRICA and CENFACS POVERTY RELIEF LEAGUE, which are also all-year round ones.

For basic details for those who want to vote this year’s PRM, please contact CENFACS.


Whether you are Gaming or Running or even Voting for Poverty Relief and Development, please keep a track record (including the facts, data, videos, reviews and images) of your all-year round activities to make and share your story with us and others.    

To do that, you do not need sophisticated technologies or a third party.  With your mobile phone only – if you have one – you can text, record voices, make a video, take pictures, phone etc to capture and communicate the impacts of any event or activity you are doing or taking part in this year.  As we are in CENFACS’ Year of Local People or the Locals’ Year, don’t forget to involve Local People in your event/project.



The Action-Results of 2017 are still pending for many of our players, runners and voters of poverty relief. 

We would like to hear from you about the Best African Countries of 2017 which best reduced poverty, the Best African Global Games Runners of 2017, and the Best African Development Managers of 2017. 

If you have not yet told us, have your say now!


Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support in 2018.

With many thanks!



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Welcome to CENFACS’ Online Diary!

18 January 2018

Post No. 22


This week’s post will cover three main areas of our work: the Issue no. 58 of our bilingual newsletter FACS, our fundraising campaign regarding Gifts of Peace and the 6th Issue of Consume to Reduce Poverty.

The lead content or question of this week’s post is how can we continue to help in reducing poverty when free market-based economies go in transition, with a particular case of the UK exiting the European Union?

The answer to this question can be found in the 58th Issue of FACS which is out now.  We have provided below the key summaries about the issue.

Besides the above lead story of the week, we would like to remind you that our Gifts of Peace Campaign continues and will end on the 31st of January 2018.

To donate or enquiry go to the page “Support Us” of this website at http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/


The January month of Responsible Consumption together with our advocacy against consumption-based poverty continues as well. Likewise, our Consume to Reduce Poverty (CRP) project is still available to support poor children, young people and families who are poor by consumption (i.e. whose consumption is below the defined threshold).

The resource relating to this CRP is also available.  As we said it last week, the focus of this year’s CRP issue is on Online Shopping and Buying – Tips and Hints

As part of the engagement to this focused theme, we encourage participants to the CRP to exchange their shopping and buying experience through social media networks in order to help reduce consumption-based poverty.

For support on consumption-based model of poverty and to access CRP contact CENFACS.



We have already provided the abstract of this issue two weeks ago.

Below are the key summaries making the contents of this issue.


Transitional economy or transition economy was applied to the Eastern and Central European economies in the late 1990s when they moved from centralised or planning economy to a market-oriented economy.  It was when the Soviet Union communist bloc collapsed in 1991 and was then seen as a transition from planned economy or state controlled economy to a market-based one.  The concept of economic transition can be extended today to include various types of economies. 

Before extending it, we are going to define it.  We will then establish its links with both exited and regional economies, democracy, market orientation and third sector players. 

What is economic transition?

We are going to borrow the definition of economic transition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary (1) which defines it as:

“an economy that is changing from being one under government control to being a market economy (= one in which companies are not controlled by the government)”

By doing some theory thinking, we can extend this definition to other types of economy.  To do that we can make the following working hypothesis.

If an economy changes its ties regarding its international economic relations or de-link itself from its international mode of functioning after being engaged in a particular economic area for a long period (for example 20 years or more of trend), this economy may need undergoing some forms of transition in order to keep its equilibrium and avoid major functional upsets.  Depending on the influence of this economy on the bloc or area, the latter may or may not need a transition or some adjustments as well.

From the above perspective and assumption, a transition economy or transitional economy is also an economy which is changing from an integrated economy within a regional economic bloc to an economy that is exiting (exited) from the bloc.

An implication of economic exit: A transitional period

Transiting from a regional economic bloc to an exited economy can be soft or smooth or even hard landing depending on what countries involved want.

The exited economy may require legal and institutional reforms, a new social safety net, new trade relations, macroeconomic stabilization, monetary support and economic restructuring and reforms at various levels (micro, miso and macro levels).  This is why a transitional period for an exited economy may be needed. 

Economic transition, exited and regional economies

As said above, there could be transition for both the leavers and the rest of the bloc.  In which case, we can speak about transition of the economy of the bloc and of the leaving country.  It means that both economies may need a preparatory period to minimise or nullify adverse effects and impacts of the exit from the bloc. 

This transition may apply to their governing institutions as both sides may need to adjust not only their economies but also their institutions (like in a theoretical case for the economic transition of the UK and the European Union)   

Economic transition and social change

Economic transition can open up a process of social transformation and a new wave of change.  There are various models of social transformation which include: a revolutionary model (like in the case of the Eastern and Central European model of the 1990s), an evolutionary model (such as a Chinese model), a gradualist model etc. 

Because society is never static as said Scott and Marshall (2), economic transitions or shifts can lead to social change (i.e. the outcome of a struggle for advantage between different competing groups as defined by Conflict theories).  Economic transition can produce a structured process leading itself to a specific direction or tendency in society (pp. 72 &73).

Transition within a market-based economy and democracy

If this exited economy comes from a regional economy with market-based institutions, it may still be a market-based one.  But, as it will no longer be part of a regional economic bloc, regional institutions may no longer apply to the exited economy

Although we spoke about the Soviet bloc, there is no comparison with other economic blocs (e.g. the European Union) which are mostly based on democratic principles and the free will of each country to join or stay in or even leave the bloc.  The Soviet bloc was based on force. 

Every things remaining equal, the EU is a successful story in the theory of regional economic integration in terms of poverty reduction and free movement of people and markets.  The exiting UK remains a special case of exit in the history of regional economic integration.

Economic transition and third sector

The business of poverty reduction may be reshaped by those involved in it as economies are in a transitional phase.  In those involved in poverty reduction; there are voluntary, non-governmental, third sector and community organisations.  They may find it useful to have transitional plans, programmes and strategies or put it simply a plan A, B or C to deal with the effects of economic transition.

CENFACS and economic transition

In order to take into account this new economic landscape, CENFACS is integrating transitional economy and the Post-REI (Regional Economic Integration) into its revised version of the Twenty-tens Programme.

This integration will apply as we move along with economic transition.  In other words, most of the projects designed for the Twenty-tens will be dotted with transitional economy. 

To sum up, we can do some theory thinking regarding economic transition and extend it to the reality of exited and regional economies.  Likewise, we can look at how this theory and its practice relate to the life of third sector and define the new frontiers of poverty reduction.  Its application on CENFACS pushes us to redefine, rethink and adjust the way we do poverty relief and development work both in the UK and Africa.

(1 ) https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/transition-economy (accessed 06/01/2018)

(2) Scott J. & Marshall G., Oxford Dictionary of Sociology, Oxford University Press Inc., New York, 2009



When a country decides to withdraw its membership from a particular organisation such a regional economic bloc, it is always expected from the two sides, the leavers and those remaining in the organisation, to clarify their terms and conditions of separation.    This expectation comes from all the economic actors (i.e. the public, the private, public and the voluntary sectors).  Sometimes, it may require setting up transitional institutions to deal with transition.  For example, in the case of the economic transition of Eastern and Central European Countries a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was set up.  We would not recommend a new bank for every case of economic transition.

The voluntary and charitable sector them too expect clarification in the local and international development strategies.  This clarification is required so that they know HOW THEY CAN DO POVERTY RELIEF WORK WHEN ECONOMIES ARE IN TRANSITION like in the case of the exit of the UK from the European Union.  Beyond these expectations, the responsibility of making transition work for the voluntary sector lies not only on the enabling institutions of the economic transition; but also on what each organisation can do to make transition works for them.

Regarding CENFACS, some elements of our strategy and thinking can be found in the previous work we did on this issue.  As a UK-based charity, economic transition, if any, may or may not affect us as it may do for others in the voluntary and charitable sector.  However, the effects of economic transition should not be conceived as one size fits all. 

To well play our part of the game of economic transition, we will consider the following areas of game playing: funding, volunteer recruitment, project beneficiaries, research and development, overseas representation, international financial transaction and travel

Funding: as we are no longer recipient of the European Social Fund, transitional change in the grant making process may not affect us.

Volunteer recruitment: it is now almost ten years that we have not been able to recruit volunteers from continental Europe.

Project beneficiaries: as we work in partnership with local people to develop sustainable initiatives, most of our users (both indirect and end users) are local in the UK and Africa.

Overseas representation agency: we do not possess any overseas office in the continental Europe.  We are UK-based and work with Africa-based organisations.

International financial transaction: because of our size, we do not manage a large amount of foreign exchange currency or international money transfer through the EU.

Research and development: we do our own independent research with a very limited budget.

Travel: we are local and if it happens that we need to visit overseas projects, our supporters can do it for us.

To continue to do our poverty relief work in transitional economies, we need take into account the above factors as well as integrate transitional economy into our strategy, programmes and projects.  Having a very little reliance on others puts us in a position to make economic transition to work for us. 

Briefly, to well play the game of economic transition the rules of game have to be fair and transparent and communicated to all players.  We hope that economic transition will come with new opportunities so that we can continue our work on poverty reduction.


We can only fully speak about the effects of economic transition when it has occurred and completed.  However, during the transitional period, there could be some effects although we may be in the assumption of the rules of REI (Regional Economic Transition) would continue to apply until the end of economic transition.  Also, to speak about transition, we need to identify what the REI (e.g. European Union) has been providing to the voluntary and charity organisations both directly and indirectly.  

Briefly speaking, there is a number of benefits such as funding opportunity (through the European Social Funds, ERAMUS programme and other funding programmes), labour (volunteers, workers and other supporters), the economic scale of the big European Union (EU) market etc.  These benefits can be added with the general attributes of any regional economic integration such as the general free movements of labour, capital, goods and services.   

It has to be emphasised that the virtue of big market of the REI has a good feeling factor.  This can add an effect on the way we do development and poverty relief works.  Until a country effectively leaves a given REI (like the EU), these benefits may still exist unless there is an alternative arrangement.   The feel good factor may increase or decrease depending on the assurance from the decision making bodies of economic transition. 

Although it is premature to speak about the effects of economic transition of REI, there is no doubt CENFACS may benefit from the good feeling factor and the enabling institutions gearing to support the voluntary and charity organisations during the economic transition of REI.  At the end of economic transition, we will then do impact analysis of economic transition in terms of its effectiveness and outcomes on us.



Some of you may be aware that CENFACS work in partnership with local people to develop sustainable initiatives.  Most of the initiatives we try to develop both in the UK and Africa are to do with sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Some of you know as well, the Regional Economic bloc like the European Union (EU) has got good policies on the environment.  Also, most of the EU member States adhere to the principles of the International Climate Treaty on Climate Change (the Paris Climate Treaty).  Likewise, the majority of the EU countries including the UK agree on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.  At the level of EU and African Union cooperation, there are areas of sustainable development that are covered. 

Sustainable development will continue to be an ever growing area of interest and a driver in international development.  Organisations involved in the work about sustainable development will continue their work.  CENFACS’ work on sustainable development will still continue in the transitional period and beyond. 



Quand un pays membre d’un ensemble économique régional décide de quitter l’ensemble ou le bloc économique, il peut y avoir plusieurs scénarios pour exécuter cette sortie.  La manière la plus prudente de s’y engager est de concevoir une période de transition entre l’économie sortante et l’économie régionale restante.  Elles peuvent s’entendre d’avoir une transition économique. 

La transition économique peut avoir des formes ou modèles variés (transition soit totale, soit partielle, soit encore sélective).  Quelque soit le modèle choisi par les parties en présence, il serait mieux que ce modèle soit aussi compatible avec les besoins et demandes des operateurs et acteurs économiques, particulièrement et non exclusivement avec ceux du secteur associatif.  Ceci est important pour éviter des crises de gestion de transition sans parler d’autres types de crise. 

L’importance de l’associatif dans la mécanique de transition économique

Le secteur associatif est un des secteurs qui s’occupent des activités de réduction de pauvreté et de développement international.  C’est aussi celui qui travaille avec les pays en développement, parmi eux ceux d’Afrique.  Ce secteur œuvre avec ces derniers sur les questions africaines de réduction et de fin de pauvreté.

L’inscription de la tâche « réduction de la pauvreté » dans le modèle de transition économique

L’intérêt d’avoir l’associatif dans le modèle de transition économique va de soi.  Si l’on veut continuer à réduire la pauvreté à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur du bloc économique, alors cette tâche de réduction de la pauvreté doit être aussi inscrite parmi les priorités du nouveau modèle de transition économique.  Ceci concerne aussi bien le modèle au niveau du bloc qu’à celui de l’économie sortante, de même qu’à celui des organisations associatives. 

La présence du modèle de transition dans le fonctionnement de CENFACS

S’agissant du modèle de transition s’appliquant à l’économie associative, la transition doit être présente dans le modèle de fonctionnement des économies associatives.   C’est pourquoi, au niveau de CENFACS, nous nous sommes engagés à réfléchir sur les effets de la transition économique entre l’Union Européenne et le Royaume Uni sur nous.   Nous le faisons malgré le fait que de part et d’autre, ils évitent de parler de la transition économique alors qu’en réalité ce qui se passe entre les deux camps c’est la transition économique.

Que conclure?

Pour des raisons évoquées ci-haut, l’inclusion de l’associatif dans le modèle de transition économique paraît nécessaire sinon indispensable si l’on veut préserver les acquis et rechercher des solutions nouvelles en matière de réduction et de fin de pauvreté.



A number of Africa-based Sister Organisations (ASOs) do not think that the transition of the economies of regional economic bloc such the European Union and the exiting UK will have a significant impact on them.  They also trust that CENFACS will continue to work with them on poverty relief even if there are some changes.   They strongly believe that the EU and UK will be still attached to the value of international development and work on poverty and humanitarian relief during and after the transition. 

The above are just the preliminary findings of how ASOs perceive transitional economies of the EU and UK.  A full survey on the opinions of ASOs may be required to provide a more or less rational argument based on qualitative and quantitative data and research on their real perception about the transition of the economies of EU and UK if it happens.


As part of an investigation on the effects that economic transition of Regional Economic Integration (expressed by the UK leaving the European Union) could have on the work of Africa-based Sister Organisations, CENFACS would like to collect your views. 

The aim of the survey is to assess or appraise the extent to which economic transition of both the REI (here EU) and the leaving country (e.g. UK) can affect the performance and the economy of the non-governmental, charitable, voluntary and community Africa-based organisations. 

If there is an effect, what are the size, magnitude and direction of this effect?

To take part in this survey, please contact CENFACS.

If you have already conducted your own survey, please let us know your results.

Thank you!



Already in the Issue of FACS no. 55, we spoke about the skills needed in Post-REI (Post-Regional Economic Integration) times.  We also touched on the issue of transitional volunteering.   We promised to come on the issue of P-REI volunteering in Winter 2017/18 which we did. 

Our Winter e-discussion on Volunteering in the Post-REI (Regional Economic Integration) Era showed the need to rethink the role and the skills we need for our current and future volunteers.    The discussion was an opportunity to exchange ideas on skills auditing and reappraisal, adapting capacities and the areas of training that our All in Development Volunteers may need in order to deal with our work during the transitional economy.  

If you have anything to add to our work or need further details about it, contact CENFACS.



When exiting a regional economic bloc, there could be mixed reactions and effects in all areas and directions of life, including in the life of small and medium-sized organisations from both sides of exit.  Some organisations may have the capacity to rapidly adjust to the new transitional situation.  Others may find it difficult to cope with the new life.  Already small and medium-sized organisations are stretched out from the financial point of view.  

A financial companion to smooth financial pain for those organisations in financial need may be required as it can help reduce uncertainty and create the climate of confidence.   A financial companion may also be needed for Africa-based Sister Organisations (ASOs) if transitional economy may affect them.  They may need financial support to continue to achieve their mission and objectives.

Put it simply, a financial companion may help to answer two basic questions: what and why?


The financial companion could be a financial transitional programme to accompany small and medium-sized organisations (SMOs) and ASOs throughout the period of economic transition.  The programme can include a mixed funding package of financial products and services such as grants, concessionary loans, income generation schemes, online fundraising, bonds and shares, financial advice and advocacy etc.


There is a number of other reasons they need financial support which include:

  • Some of the funding schemes may not be accessible to SMOs and ASOs
  • Like any other organisations, SMOs and ASOs always need funding to carry out their charitable mission
  • To keep their work of poverty reduction going
  • To help achieve their organisational goals, sustainable development goals and climate/carbon free goals
  • They are the organisations working closely with poor people on the ground etc.

Both the type of financial accompany they need and the reasons for their need make sense to think of a financial support or companion to be on the side of SMOs and ASOs in order to reduce any adverse impacts of the economic transition that may occur when a country is exiting any given regional economic bloc.    


As it is titled this project is about integrating economic transition into CENFACS’ Programmes which may be affected by the economic transition.

It is a project designed to help reduce the adverse impact of economic transition, if there will be any, on CENFACS and CENFACS project and programmes beneficiaries.

Through this project we will develop way of working that takes into account the contents of the economic transition and also take actions to correct any potential harmful effects that may result from the transition while using any good opportunities that may arise from economic transition to strengthen our work on poverty reduction.

The length of this integration will be determined by the nature, length and influence of the economic transition on CENFACS and its project and programme beneficiaries. 

To support and or find out more, please contact CENFACS.

For a full copy of the 58th Issue, please contact CENFACS.  


Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support in 2018.

With many thanks!


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What is on this Season of Light

Welcome to CENFACS’ Online Diary!

10 January 2018


Our Season of Light continues with the Light Projects, as indicated on the above projects and programmes planner scheduled for January, February and March 2018.

To put our Season of Light into practice, there will be two waves of advocacy work to support the victims of armed conflicts and destructive natural disasters in Africa. 

The first wave of action will be on the past, the legacies of the very latest events in the Central and West Africa (Central-West Africa Post-War and Post-Disaster Appeal).

The second wave of action will be on advocating for support for the victims of the current and emerging armed conflicts and destructive natural disasters in Africa.  

As nolvelty to this year’s Season of Light, we have introduced three new projects: Digital and Social Media Campaign, Generation Global Goals and this Year’s Dedication as the Locals’ Year.

The Digital and Social Media Campaign will kick off by the end of January with “The Role of Mobile Phone as a Tool for Poverty Relief for Children” as an opener.

Generation Global Goals project is an online discussion regarding the impacts of the global goals on children.  It will be conducted under CENFACS be-Africa forum.

Each year, we try to find the best way to meet the needs of our project beneficiaries while remembering some of the work we did with them and exploring innovative ways to re-engage with stake holders.  We do it by dedicating the year to a particular memorable theme.  As result, 2018 has been declared as the Locals’ Year at CENFACS.

Our January month theme of Responsible Consumption under Consume to Reduce Poverty (CRP) and Climate Change project continues as well.   This year’s 6th issue of CRP will focus on Online Shopping and Buying Tips and Hints.

Another feature of the current Season of Light is the inclusion of new elements into the revised version of the Twenty-tens Programme.  This inclusion will help to update it in line with the development contexts in which we operate.  In particular, these development landscapes are of global goals and agendas, of digital and social media technologies, and of UK exiting the European Union.

Light Projects

This Winter 2018, our Lights projects will focus on two parts or two waves of action as said above:  1/ post-war and post-natural disaster developments 2/ current and emerging armed conflicts and environmental catastrophes

A Blaze of Hope for post-life following armed conflicts and natural disasters

When there are environmental disasters and armed conflicts, there are pledges and commitments to end the effects of wars and disasters.  For various reasons, some of these pledges do not materialise.  The post-war and post-disaster developments are sometimes left without support sometimes until the conflicts and disasters return and or strike again.  

As we cannot wait the return or repeat of the same wars and disasters, our first Blaze of Hope will go this Winter to the unfinished business of previous destructive wars and natural disasters (Central-West Africa Post-War and Post-Disaster Appeal).

A Blaze of Hope for the eruption of any armed conflicts and natural disasters

We always advocate for preventive development and we do not seek for destructive events to happen.  However, our preparedness and readiness make us to assemble as quickly as possible advocacy tools should any effects and impacts erupt from wars and natural disasters in Africa. 

So, our second wave of intervention or Blaze of Hope will go this Winter to erupted effects of armed conflicts and natural disasters in the areas of our interest in Africa (Details of this second appeal will be released in due course)

With these two waves of action over this Wintry Season, we hope to enlighten the lives of those in need.

CENFACS look forward to your support to deliver this Wintry Appeal

Year 2018 as CENFACS’ Local Year

Our motto says “Working in partnership with local people to develop sustainable initiatives”.  What this means for us and our stakeholders? 

From our point of view and of digital marketing, Local People are CENFACS’ personas.   They are the raison d’être of CENFACS

The Locals’ Year is one year project of celebration of 16 years of CENFACS working in partnership with local people to develop sustainable initiatives since its registration

Details of this celebration will follow in due course. 

To support and or find out more, please contact CENFACS.

Digital and Social Media Campaign

The Role of Mobile Phone in Helping Women and Children to Reduce Poverty

This campaign is part of our Digital and New Media Programmes.  The campaign will be opened by looking at the Role of Mobile Phone in Reducing Poverty and Hardships amongst Women and Children.

Indeed, it is now not anymore a secrecy that many people are using their mobile phones (with internet enabling features) to check and read news, check sports results, access and search for local information (e.g. finding a local plumber), manage their finances, play games, download and upload documents etc.    This is true for those who are house bound but as well for those on the move, at work and in any part of the world. 

At the moment, it is also an educational and social habit that kids are using the mobile phones of their parents, especially their mothers’ ones, to access school home works or just to do search for home works on regular basis.  The digital and mobile worlds have gradually penetrated our kids’ educational and learning habits and working patterns.

As part of the first track of our Digital and Social Media Campaign, we will look at how women and children can use the mobile phones in effective way to reduce poverty and hardships.  This first track of the campaign will deal with the following matters.

  • Whether or not mobile phones got features and functions for women and children to reduce poverty (for example educational and learning functionalities)
  • The impact of mobile phones in poor families and the digital dependency culture they bring along with them
  • Using mobile phones cannot be done without protection and security.  Therefore, how much mobile phones are secure and protective for vulnerable and exposed-to-threat users.  Do mobile phone designers and manufacturers introduce safety and protection into design of their products, especially for those who use them for educational and learning purposes?
  • In terms of social responsibility, what can the mobile phone industry (including software designers and developers) do to protect vulnerable and exposed-to-threat users so that they can make their devices even more user-friendly and free from threats?   

For further details and to support this Digital and Social Media Campaign, contact CENFACS.

Consume To Reduce Poverty and Climate Change

Issue 2018: Buying and Shopping Online

Key highlights, Tips & Hints

Online Buying 

Buying online can be cheaper as some product retailers can manage to save on costs of having and maintaining their physical presence on the streets.  It means that their products could be accessible for less money online compared to the shopping carried out by travelling to their trading premises. 

By doing so, this helps to levy less their prices over customers.

Online Shopping

Using the internet, e-mail, social networks and other communication technologies to look at or buy products (i.e. goods and services) has now become common for everybody who can have access to them.  These technologies can help us to search and find the products we need to wisely consume in order to reduce poverty and hardships. 

There are risks and benefits associated with them.  One of them is related to intrusion to financial transactions (such as banking, paying bills, security issues about account details etc.) by malicious software, ransom ware, spyware and unscrupulous people.

Online products verification, identity and authenticity

Although there is a possibility to see on scream the product features and other specifications and read other people’s testimonies, reviews or comments about it, it is still difficult to get the true feeling of it physically speaking. 

So, one may need to be careful about the true physical features and qualities of the presentation of the product on line if they cannot touch it and physically feel it.  They have to be sure that the message advertised and marketing match products results and tests, and customer’s satisfaction. 

Online Security 

When buying online, you still have to check, compare and contrast products, terms and conditions of business, buying terms, prices etc.  Before you sign up, add to your shopping basket and purchase an item, you need to read, discuss and check what you are agreeing on.  You may even take more precautions when selecting items, filling up buying forms to enter your personal, financial information and sensitive details. 

You should also be aware of scams and illegal and malicious practices as the online technology did not only improve and facilitate lives but has also increased the risks of fraudulent and criminal activities.  For own online security, use the e-safety tools and advice.

To support Responsible Consumption and get the full issue 2018 of Consume to Reduce Poverty and Climate Change, please contact CENFACS.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New and Welcome to CENFACS’ Online Diary!

03 January 2018

This week’s contents

• REVIEW 2017


• THE NEXT ISSUE OF FACS: The 58th Issue



New Year, New Hope & New Relief

Again, Happy New Year and welcome back to Poverty Relief in 2018 and the Years ahead!

At the start of the year, the question one can ask themselves is what is the best way to start the year?  There is no a classic answer to this question.

Perhaps, the best way to start the year with CENFACS is look at what happened in 2017.  Possibly, we may or may not learn something about it.  But, it is still worth recalling 2017.  This is our Review 2017.

As we are already in January, this month is our month for Responsible Consumption following CENFACS development calendar.  It means that the theme for January is Sustainable Consumption and the monthly project carrying this theme is Consume to Reduce Poverty.  It is the month we act against consumption-based poverty and we deal with measures of poverty through consumption.  It is also an opportunity to act to preserve a good relationship between the way and products we consume and the reduction of climate change.

Much of what we do depends on the health of the UK economy and its direction.  This year, if we are allowed to say it, the UK economy may enter the transitional phase of Post-European Economic Integration; what we call Post-Regional Economic Integration Era.   As a result, we have provided an abstract of the next issue of CENFACS’ bilingual newsletter FACS; issue no. 58 to be entitled “Poverty Reduction in the Era of Transitional Economy of Post-Regional Economic Integration”.

A great deal of our work is as well linked to what is happening and may happen in Africa.  As such we need to look at beyond our lenses and sometimes to speculate about the future or simply the months or years ahead.  This is why we have identified some challenging trends for a better change in Africa in 2018, the EIGHT CHALLENGES THAT AFRICA FACES IN 2018 TO CHANGE.

This review shines a light into CENFACS’ work over the last twelve months from the 1st of January to the 31st of December 2017.  The current Review is presented to you as an informal summary of eleven voted projects and one programme that made 2017.  The selected projects and programme are the ones that had the most votes in terms of their influence on work and activities.  

XI Projects and One Programme that Made 2017 at CENFACS 

There are in no particular order as follows.

Consume to Reduce Poverty (CRP) and Climate Change

This project was influential in raising awareness and developing solutions in the form of poverty relief that focuses on buying and consumption issues – whenever the time makes it possible and for every step of life.  

CRP is designed for children, young people and families who are poor buyers and consumers to work with them and find out improved and cost-effective ways of extending freedom by spending wisely their little income and getting the most benefit of it in improving their lives. 

ACSDGs (African Children Climate and Sustainable Development Goals) or Generation 3 (3G) project

3G project is the impact level in CENFACS’ process of advocating that global goals work for children but not way around.  It is indeed the testing of the gains that global goals claim to achieve and of their impact on the welfare and well-being of children.

Women and Children projects (3W & PPS Reflection Day)

This is a protection project.  Our 2017 Reflection Day helped us to find ways of Reducing Information and Communication Poverty for Women and Children to Fully Participate in the Information Society

All in Development Stories (AiDS)

AiDS is a life story developing, telling, sharing and learning project set up by CENFACS in 2009 in order to give opportunities to volunteers, interns and other development supporters to inspire others and spread the good news and will of better change to the community.  The 2017 story telling was about Communications and Digital Stories, with some highlights on Elephant Stories.

7 Days of Development in July Festival (7DDJF)

The 9th edition of CENFACS’ Annual Event 7DDJF was held in 2017.  The theme for 2017 was on Science and Engineer Education for Poverty Relief and Sustainable Development.  It was about discussing cases for  educational systems that take science and engineering seriously in the process of ending poverty and enhancing sustainable development   The 9th event enabled us to think ways of raising levels of living for the poor through science and engineer education.

August Trends

Our integration theme of Track, Trip and Trending had its second year running.  Track focused on running, Trip on projects visiting and Trending on following the direction of poverty relief (we followed the direction of fake economy in 2017).  The three of them were popular in subjects within the CENFACSPHERE and the CENFACS Community

Halving Poverty

Set up in February 2012 as the 2015-2030 Campaign, Halving Poverty is a CENFACS’ child protection and safeguarding advocacy work.  It is indeed a linking and coordinating mobilization project of action that helps empower beneficiaries against multi-dimensional poverty and hardship.  The 2017 advocacy was on Halving the Number of Children Vulnerable to Air Pollution.

A la Une (Autumn Leaves of Action to Upkeep the Nature in Existence) Campaign

A la Une is an environmental advocacy project aiming at reducing poverty while protecting the physical world and everything in it.  It is about exploring ways of using less natural resources to reduce poverty while caring for the plants, animals, mountains, oceans and rivers, stars, seas etc.  In doing so, we can help meet poor people’s own poverty-relieving and development goals while working to achieve the global goals and targets for sustainable development and carbon free world. 

Our Autumn 2017 work on nature was a fivefold leaves of action of protection of Animals, Waters (e.g. oceans, lakes, rivers and seas), Air, Plants and Climate (weather)

Making Memorable Difference (MMD)

MMD is a two-day event of Awareness, Thought and Recognition set up by CENFACS in 2009 to celebrate the Black History Month in our own way and feeling while preserving the tradition linked to this remembrance and standing on the shoulders of similar celebrations.  The 2017 dedicated two days (27 and 28 October) were of search on the Communicators of the African History.  We investigate on their contribution to Africa’s transformative development since the colonial era.

Climate Protection and Stake for African Children (CPSAC) – Phase 2

CPSAC – P.2 is our rebranded international child protection project helping to further up CENFACS’ process of advocating better climate deals for children.  CPSAC is the Phase 2 of CENFACS’ Climate Talks Follow-up project.  The 2017 follow-up activity was WHAT BONN SAY, that is we followed the climate talks in Bonn.

Women & Children FIRST Development Day (WCFDD)

Since its inception in 2010, the WCFDD provides an opportunity and scope to communicate CENFACS’ anti-poverty work/message and the need to develop new ideas and proposals, and improve practices to enable us to enhance the quality of life of multi-dimensionally-deprived women and children.  Our 2017 Development Day did not miss this opportunity by putting our thoughts on ways of Ending Poverty in all its forms for Women and Children everywhere

Communicating for Better Change Programme (CBCP)

This programme was originally set up in 2007 by CENFACS to respond to the need of developing and maintaining effective communication between CENFACS, her Africa-based Sister Organisations and UK stakeholders so that we can together share skills, best practice and experience in the process of delivering better change and ensuring a better quality of life for all.  Through this programme a better exchange and flow of information on poverty and development matters was meant to be established. 

As 2017 was dedicated as the Year of Communications, this programme was influential in most the activities and projects we undertook.

For further details about this Review or any of the above mentioned projects and programme, please contact CENFACS.

We cannot end this review without thanking all those who helped us to achieve what we managed to achieve. 

To all our supporters, we simply say thank you very much and wish you a Happy New Year!


Consume to Reduce Poverty (CRP) is our users’ New Year supporting information and accompanying booster that focuses on Buying and Consumption elements conducive to the reduction of poverty and hardship.  It is indeed a complimentary support to our Autumn Festive Income Boost resource.  The Festive Income Boost is an income-generating resource while CRP brings in a consumption-led look in our fight against poverty.  The next issue (issue no. 6) of CRP which will be Online Shopping ad Buying will expand on this.

For further details about CRP project, go to http://cenfacs.org.uk/services-activities/


Abstract of the 58th Issue of FACS:


Reducing poverty in the transitional period of post-regional economic integration is a compliment and continuation of our work on post-regional economic development.  It is an additional to the Issue no.55 of FACS of Spring 2017 which was on “African Organisations in the Post-Regional Economic Development Times”.

The Issue no.55 dealt with potential challenges that African Organisations may or may not encounter when the post-regional economic integration is fully functioning.  Additionally, the Issue no. 58 is concerned with transitional economics; in other words how poverty could still be reduced by African Organisations during the transitional period before the full implementation of post-regional economic integration policy or strategy.

Indeed, when countries which were in a particular REI (Regional Economic Integration) scheme and leave for any particular reason, there could be a transitional period between leaving and remaining countries.  Their economies may go to a transitional phase to adjust to the new reality.  Transition may or may not apply to voluntary organisations having to deal with either the leavers or staying countries or even both of them.

During this transitional period, the business of poverty reduction will continue, perhaps in a different shape and content which may depend on many factors such as

• The terms of separation between leavers and remaining countries

• The financial settlement, if any, between leavers and remaining countries

• The level of influence of REI on voluntary organisations

• The environment in which voluntary organisations operate

• The degree of protection that voluntary organisations have

• The effects of transitional economics on voluntary organisations etc

Focusing on the effects of transitional economics, the key or central theme that the Issue no. 58 is dealing with is how transition affects CENFACS as an organisation and its stakeholders (like Africa-based Sister Organisations) on the first part.  On the second part, what CENFACS can do in order to play its game well and make the most of its life from the transition into the full period of the REI?

To find out or reserve a copy of FACS  Issue no. 58, contact CENFACS.



Eight Areas to watch in 2018 for Poverty Relief and Development in Africa

At the beginning of the year, the byzantine question which comes every year is how to start better and do better during the New Year from what we have been doing/taking as a course of actions to deal with a particular problem (for example poverty). 

How to start and do better means that there may some challenges that we need to find.  There are many challenges that Africa faces which each institution and or person can identify. 

We have selected eight areas in which we think that, if properly dealt with, there could a better change for those in need.   These are areas to watch for poverty relief and development in Africa. 

We do not assume these selected challenges are the most important.  They include the following.

1. Poverty Reduction Movements

The need and demand of poverty reduction movements (or what others call freedom movements) are far from being met by the governance currently in charge.  The struggle against poverty has better expressed the fight for freedom as happened in Zimbabwe in Autumn 2017.  In others words, the fight for freedom from poverty will continue to be the preoccupation of these movements.

Challenge 1: The struggle for freedom means today in Africa a fight against poverty

2. Social development

The focus on the need to put people first in development processes is still a major challenge in Africa.  The capacity of African states to deal with exclusion, unaccountable institutions, vulnerability etc. is still under challenge.  Committing to development processes that benefit poor people (through fair income distribution, social security networks, job creation, fair elections  etc.) so that they contribute in a positive way to their family, community and country; has still a long way to go.

Challenge 2: Putting people first in development processes

3. African Regional Economic Communities (ARECs)

The ARECs have managed to create a rapprochement between African economies in terms of free movements of people, labour and capital.  They have also increase cross border trades.  However, they still lack resources, capacity and solidarity to significantly affect poverty and deliver on their agendas.

Challenge 3: Lack of capacity for African Regional Economic Communities to significantly reduce poverty and hardships

4. Work and pay recognition

Often people speak about full employment and job creation in Africa as development goals.   What people tend to forget or not to argue about is that there are millions of people in Africa who work but do not get pay.  People work but for various reasons, they get lowly paid or the pay is delayed for months or they do not get paid at all or simply their work (like domestic and domiciliary works) is not recognised as rewarding occupation as such.  This is let alone the insurance and pension schemes without forgetting the informal and voluntary sectors as well. 

Challenge 4: What do people call in their minds work and pay?

5. Renewal of Poverty Relief Approaches and Ideologies

Most of approaches to poverty reduction are based on what a clan, a tribe, a religion and an ethnic group can do for people.  There is overreliance of people on clans, tribes, ethnic groups and religions to deal with their poverty problems.  The Post-independence Nation-states have never been forged as such to create a melting pot society with a true referential national identity with a national perception of poverty and its potential remedies. 

The formation and life of any political party is based on an ideology and the perception they have on the society as a whole.  On the contrary, in Africa political parties are based on clans, ethnicity, tribes, religions etc.  As such they fail to cross the boundaries of clans, tribes, religions etc. to the extent that they become blocking forces to truly Post-independence African Nation-States.  This lack of pure political ideology and practice that focus on the State and or market forces and solutions to reduce poverty fail to make big strides on the road to poverty reduction.

Challenge 5: How to fix African Nation-states, promote a pure political ideology and make the State accountable for national poverty

6. Integrating and mainstreaming child and women protections

The protection of vulnerable and poor children and women at all levels of society continues to be one of the most unsolved problems of our time.  There has been some progress on child protection policies and gender development matters and policies.  However, the experience of everyday life shows in Africa that more need to be done in terms of training and educating people on this area of protection and safeguarding.

Challenge 6: How to integrate the protection of children and women into all areas of life and work; and possibly to create a ministry of protections

7. Climate finance and insurance

The weather continues to be a challenge especially for agriculture and rural areas.  Long periods of drought have caused the displacement of people, loss of livelihoods and reduction of food reserves. To meet the climate goal targets and the cost of reducing the adverse impacts of climate change, it requires finances and insurances for the poor.  Poor people, especially those from developing countries of Africa, need financial help to transit to low-carbon economy and way of life.  Likewise, they need insurance against the impacts and effects of adverse climate change. 

Challenge 7: How to make global climate finance and insurance work for the poor 

8. Energy policy to protect the vulnerable and poor

The cost of accessing sustainable and clean energy is beyond reach for the poor.  The cost of energy consumption takes most of poor people’s household budgets to the extent it often leads to energy poverty and precariousness.   Yet, like anybody poor and vulnerable people have been asked to use clean energy and to reduce indoor and outdoor air pollution from the kinds of energy they use by doing something about the nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter of air (µg/m³) imposed to protect public health.

Challenge 8: Reduce energy poverty in Africa

One can think that if the above challenges are properly dealt with there could a push for better change for poor people, especially those living in Africa. 

We know that most of the above challenges require more years than just 2018.  However, if progress can be made on them, there could be a better change in Africa.

We would like ask to our readers-supporters to watch and monitor those selected areas in this 2018 and beyond. 

As far as CENFACS is concerned, we will do what we can and it takes us in our capacity and limitations to continue to work with those who are interested in and willing to reduce and end poverty so that 2018 can be a year of improved outcomes of poverty reduction both in quality and quantity of intervention.

Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support in 2018.

With many thanks!


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The Festive Season’s Wishes continue…

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27 December 2017


We hope that you are having peaceful and hopeful festive moments at this time of the year.  As far as we are concerned, we can only continue to wish you well in your Peace and Hope of the Season’s Reliefs.

As we informed you last week, we have scaled down our services and activities to take into account the Season’s needs and demands of break.  

For children, young people and families in need on whose behalf we relentlessly advocate, we can expect that they have managed to generate some little extras incomes they need to cover the extra expenses of the Season’s financial pressures.  More importantly than anything else, they are managing to exercise their right to decent and deserving festive celebrations.


Remember, CENFACS’ Charity e-Store is opened like any online shop during the festive period for either to shop or donate goods.

Every time you shop or donate goods at CENFACS’ Charity e-Store, you make a helpful difference to people in need over this festive time and beyond it.  


The celebratory theme for the Season’s Reliefs is PEACE while the theme for the Season of Light is HOPE.   

As our all year-round projects (i.e. Play, Run and Vote for poverty relief and development) come to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank those who responded to our call for Action-Results 2017.

We would like as well to express our gratitude to those who replied to the Community Value Chains, the CENFACS Community, by adding their talents and skills to our register.

Finally, wherever you are in any part of the world to celebrate the end of the year 2017, we would like to reiterate our thank you for your support for 2017.

To you and all our web visitors, blog readers and commentators, users, supporters and other stakeholders; we wish you a Peaceful and Hopeful Season.

With best wishes!

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Festive Greetings & Arrangements

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23 December 2017



During the Festive holidays, we will only handle online queries and enquiries until the 4th of January 2018.  However, our Winter e-discussion on Volunteering in the Post-Regional Economic Integration Era is still on until the 5th of January 2018 as planned.  

Those who want to donate to our fundraising campaigns and projects (such as Gifts of Peace and Communications Gift) are welcome to do so. 

CENFACS’ Charity e-Store is opened during the Festive holidays for those who want to donate goods and or purchase donated goods.

Remember! We can only help reduce and possibly end poverty if you help us to do so.  And this time of the year is a unique opportunity for you once a year to change lives through your invaluable support however small it may be.  Please, don’t miss this opportunity!  

Our Season of Light continues as planned.  However, some of our services and activities (such as advice-giving, advocacy etc.) as well as development campaigns are scaled down around this period until the above mentioned return date. 

For those who want to get a further picture of what has been happening during this December at CENFACS, we recommend them to read our three last posts on the Blog page of this site. 

People should expect delay from us in returning to their calls/e-mails.  We heavily rely on volunteers for most of our services, who are sharing the Winter e-discussion with us during this Festive time.  Most of them are already on holidays. 

In case of emergency or exceptional circumstances, please do not hesitate to text/phone; we will respond to your text/phone as soon as we can. 

We apologize for any inconvenience or upset this may cause. 

We thank you all for your invaluable support during 2017 and look forward to your continued and further support in the New Year.

We wish you a Very Happy and Peaceful Festive break!


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The Lights Season

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20 December 2017


The following updates cover three initiatives: All in Development Winter e-Discussion, Gifts of Peace and Community Value Chains.

All in Development Winter e-Discussion is currently trending well amongst CENFACS’ December products and services.  This e-Discussion is entering its third week.   So far, the items e-discussed are the definitions of volunteers’ role and tasks during transition of post-regional economic integration. 

To e-discuss volunteers’ matters related to the post-regional economic integration, contact CENFACS.

Gifts of Peace are also trending over this Season’s Reliefs.  If you are looking for appeals or projects to fund as festive gifts over this festive time, Gifts of Peace are something you can consider.

To enquiry about and or fund Gifts of Peace, just contact CENFACS.

Community Value Chains, The CENFACS Community, is being prepared and trended.  We are doing an inventory and registering the talents and skills of the CENFACS Community.  We are setting up a talents register or database for our Talented Community.

To register or add your talents to the CENFACS Community’s talents register or database, just contact CENFACS.    


Today, the 20th of December 2017, is the last day of Autumn season.  The momentum we built from the beginning of Autumn Fresh Start season continues to galvanise our poverty relief action and is taking our relief journey into the Season of Light which starts tomorrow.

This week is thus the end of Autumn Fresh Start projects and programmes, and the beginning of the Season  of Light; season during which we light up a Blaze of Hope for people and communities suffering from the effects and impacts of destructive wars and natural disasters in Africa. 

At CENFACS the theme for the Season of Light is Hope which we try to bring through a Blaze, while the theme for the Festive Season’s Reliefs is Peace.

The Lights Appeal is the project that features the Season of Light while the Gifts of Peace make the Festive Season.

The week is as well of the last act or last legacy of the Year 2017, our dedicated Year of Communications.  The last act of our Year of Communications is an appeal for support in the form of gift of communications. 

With the Communications Gift plus Lights Appeal plus the Gifts of Peace; all these initiatives represent some great ways of helping to reduce poverty at this special time of the year.  They give indeed more opportunities to supporters to do something for those in need. 

The week is finally an occasion to remind the need to report on all year round projects which are:  Play, Run and Vote projects for poverty relief and development.   



The Lights Season at CENFACS kicks off with the theme of Hope as said above.  We are going to deliver this Hope with sustainable lights and sustainable energy.  Sustainable lights and energy are part of our work in developing sustainable initiatives to help reduce poverty, particularly in developing those initiatives helping to reduce deforestation and forest degradation as well as to reduce poverty induced by deforestation. 

While the theme of Peace will be dominant over the festive celebrations period, the theme of Hope is the overall theme of the Season of Lights.  The theme of Hope is made of notes or pieces of sustainable lights and energy.   In this sense that we can bring a glimmer of hope through sustainable lights and energy over this Wintry season.    

The Gifts of Peace are included in the Season of LightPeace is the festive theme we choose to spread the joy of Season’s Reliefs to those in need. 

We try to help their wishes of poverty relief become true through the Gits of Peace that put a smile on their face with relief notes. 


A gift of light for every person in need everywhere!

The Lights season is the season we try to bring light or shine light to impoverished lives. We try to bring clarity, brightness to people who need to see clearly and accurately about their life.  It is about helping them see the light of relief so that they can see the world in a new relieved light.

A gift of light that ignites and sparks the life of those in need! 

This is why we have the Lights project at CENFACS; projects which enable us to bring lights to those in need.  This Winter 2017-2018, our Lights projects will focus on two parts or two waves of action:  1/ post-war and post-natural disaster developments 2/ current and emerging armed conflicts and environmental catastrophes

A Blaze of Hope for post-life following armed conflicts and natural disasters

When there are environmental disasters and armed conflicts, there are pledges and commitments to end the effects of wars and disasters.  For various reasons, some of these pledges do not materialise.  The post-war and post-disaster developments are sometimes left without support sometimes until the conflicts and disasters return and or strike again. 

As we cannot wait the return or repeat of the same wars and disasters, our first Blaze of Hope will go this Winter to the unfinished business of previous destructive wars and natural disasters.

A Blaze of Hope for the eruption of any armed conflicts and natural disasters

We always advocate for preventive development and we do not seek for destructive events to happen.  However, our preparedness and readiness made us to assemble as quickly as possible advocacy tools should any effects and impacts erupt from wars and natural disasters in Africa. 

So, our second wave of intervention or Blaze of Hope will go this Wintry to erupted effects of armed conflicts and natural disasters in the areas of our interest in Africa. 

With these two waves of action over this Wintry Season, we hope to enlighten the lives of those in need.


Run, Play & Vote projects 

As we are reaching the end of year 2017, it is now time to report on our three All-year Round Projects – which are PlayRun and Vote

We would like our users and supporters to share with us and others their experiences, stories and reports regarding these projects.

The Action-Results of 2017: Tell it!

You can feedback the outcomes or Action-Results of your…

… Run if you ran for poverty relief over the year 2017 (or organised a Run activity)

… Play if you played the CENFACS League for Poverty Relief

… Vote if you have already voted your 2017 African Poverty Relief Manager.


If you are Playing the CENFACS Poverty Relief League and its sub-project Le Dernier Carrẻ, there are 16 team countries in this Poverty Relief and Development League playing each 32 matches/games each against the other. 

If you are Running for Poverty Relief and Development, you can do it alone or as a group. 

If you are casting your Vote for an International Development and Poverty Relief Manager of 2017, there are few days remaining until the end of the year 2017. 

Whether you are Gaming or Running or even Voting for Poverty Relief and Development, please keep a track record (including the facts, data, videos, reviews and images) of your activities to make and share your story with us and others.    

To do that, you do not need sophisticated technologies or a third party.  With your mobile phone only – if you have one – you can text, record voices, make a video, take pictures, phone etc to capture and communicate the impacts of any event or activity you did, are doing or taking part by the end of this year. 

 We would be more than happier to hear your Action and Results to feature CENFACS 2017 Year of Communications.  Tell it!

What we want to hear

We would like to hear from you about

The Best African Countries of 2017 which best reduced poverty

The Best African Global Games Runners of 2017

The Best African Development Managers of 2017 

If you have not yet told us, have your say by 23 December 2017!


As CENFACS’ 2017 dedicated Year of Communications is coming to an end, we would like to ask you to donate as a legacy towards our ten years’ efforts to help reduce poverty and harness better change through communications.

You can donate to support CENFACS’ anti-poverty message and to help reduce two types of poverty: Communications and Digital poverty. 

Your support can make helpful differences to communications and digitally poor lives. 

Your donation will help…

  • Poor people against misinformation and or lack of information on poverty
  • To empower poor people’s informational and communications capacity to move out of ignorance and illiteracy
  • To train people to reduce poverty through the development of digital as well as Information and Communications Technology skills
  • Poor people take informed decisions about their lives and well communicate their needs
  • Unaware, ignorant and misinformed poor people against exploitation because their poor communications skills

Your donation can go further in helping to build and develop empowering capacity to acquire life-saving information and communicate this information for the security and defense of the vulnerable and multi-dimensional poor children, young people and families.  In doing so, they can be free from dangers, threats and harms from an insecure and threatening world for a safe, peaceful and sustainable future.


Make a One-time Donation…
today to help poor people lacking life-saving communications, and support CENFACS’ work on Communications.

You can also support CENFACS New Media and Digital Programmes if you wish.

 Choose an amount
You can give £5    £10    £15    £    per month

Make a Monthly Donation… 
as a legacy for CENFACS’ Year of Communications

Make a monthly donation today to poor people lacking life-saving communications, and support CENFACS’ work on Communications.

Choose an amount 
You can give £5    £10    £15    £    per month


Thank you for supporting us and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to CENFACS website and continuing support.

With many thanks!