Welcome To AACC-CETA

We are the largest association of Protestant, Orthodox and Indigenous churches in Africa.

Membership

The AACC fellowship accounts for over 120 million Christians across the continent.

Programmes

Our programmes are diverse equiping members in Good Governance and Democratic Transitions, Migration and Human Trafficking, Interfaith Dialogue among others.

The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) - in partnership with Cevaa (Community of Churches in Mission) and other ecumenical partners - has stood by the victims and survivors of the Ebola virus epidemics, which struck three countries in West Africa, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (Conakry) in 2014 and 2015.

The Christian Council of Guinea, supported by the AACC, helped the victims, at the peak of the crisis, through pastoral support, provision of protection kits, etc.
Recently, with the second financial support provided by the AACC, they got involved in the material support to survivors. The General Secretary, Mr. David Sow, and his working team considered that it was “better to teach the Ebola survivors how to fish, than give them fish”, paraphrasing the popular saying.

At the end of the epidemics, the Council organized more than 20 co-operatives of widowers and widows, comprising about 20 to 25 people each.
The objective of grouping them is to give them financial support, to enable them have groundnuts and rice farms and vegetable gardens.  After a few months, many villages around Forecariah, Macenta and Gueckedou managed to reconstitute their stock of seeds and attain food security, the lack of which has become a major concern in almost every part of Africa.

A number of orphaned children also benefitted from some financial support to enable them continue their studies. The strong hope of the Council is that those children would not have to go back home, once this one-time support stops.

This is the opportunity to recall that the AACC has been trying to stand with people going through challenges, as per Jesus’ order: “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6:37a). Cevaa’s support of USD 50,000, which was channeled through the AACC, also enabled us to reach other victims in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The Director of Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice, the Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki attended a training on Women’s Human Rights Advocacy for Faith-Based Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 4 to 9 July, 2016. The training was organized by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC). It gathered 46 participants from 28 countries in different parts of the world.

The aim of the workshop was to educate the participants working with Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) on the international legal instruments on gender justice such as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. This would make these instruments accessible to the participants, who would in turn use them as tools for advocacy and as well hold their governments and institutions accountable for gender justice and defense of women’s rights.
 
Participants were taught how to integrate gender analysis and Rights-Based approach in advocacy for women’s human rights. The Rights-Based approach enables advocacy work to be human-rights based. In order to use this tool, one must know human rights norms and principles. Since the main objective of human rights advocacy is the realization of human rights, the process and outcomes must be human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination. It is upon members of each nation to hold their nations, which have signed the UN Declaration of Human Rights accountable, if these rights are violated.

In the course of the training, participants had discussions with CEDAW Committee members. They also participated in the 64th session of CEDAW at the UN "Palais des Nations" to familiarize themselves with how the Committee holds individual governments accountable for gender discrimination. In that session, the government of Myanmar was being questioned by the Committee about a report on gender injustice which had been submitted to them by women of Myanmar. Members of each continent met separately and discussed how they would take the training further at a continental level. 
 
The Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice Department intends to:  
• Collaborate with other stakeholders to hold a side-event on Gender Based Violence (GBV) during the AU Summit in January 2017.
• Organize a similar advocacy workshop for women leaders in AACC constituency to empower them to engage with AU using the Maputo Protocol as a tool to hold local/national authorities accountable. 
• Develop a biblical and theological basis of the legal instruments to break barriers between secular human rights and biblical teachings, and as reference points by FBOs in their advocacy work.
• Develop AACC Gender Policy.

Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (at the center) during a session
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (at the center) during a session
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (left) greeting one of the organizers during an activity of introductions
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (left) greeting one of the organizers during an activity of introductions
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (second from left) during another activity highlighting early child marriage
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (second from left) during another activity highlighting early child marriage
Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou with leaders of the Ogoni Community

The Ogonis, a tribe from Nigeria who are asylum seekers and living in Ouidah, Benin, have recently got access to electricity, with all the other benefits which go along with the opportunity of having an available source of energy, through the common efforts of the AACC Regional Office, based in Lome, Togo, under the leadership of the Special Envoy to West and Central Africa, and the Protestant Methodist Church in Benin, in partnership with the Methodist Church in the United Kingdom.

Since 1999, when they arrived in Benin, the Ogonis have been struggling with issues inherent to their status as asylum seekers: very high rate of illiteracy, poverty, vulnerability of all kinds due to insecurity, etc. The All Africa Conference of Churches had been supporting them in the past, but the support had been suspended at some point for lack of funding. Fortunately, the Methodist Church in the United Kingdom has recently funded a project from the Ogoni community which was aimed at providing them with access to electricity.

The positive effects of that move are the following: their dignity is greatly restored, they can now have light at night, which will allow the children who are in school to study their lessons and do their homeworks, they can store their fresh produce and goods in freezers and their security can be better assured.

Some challenges remain, which they really hope will also be addressed in the medium term: the women expressed their desire for adult literary courses and parents wish to have the means to send the other children to school.

Young prospective Ogoni pupils with some women
Young prospective Ogoni pupils with some women
Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou with leaders of the Ogoni Community
Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou with leaders of the Ogoni Community

Contact

All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC-CETA)

General Secretariat: Waiyaki Way.
P.O. Box 14205-00800 Westlands,
Nairobi, Kenya.

Tel: +254 20 4441483, 4441338/9
Fax: +254 20 4443241, 4445835
Email: secretariat@aacc-ceta.org

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