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Our History

JDPC Onitsha was established in 1990

As a faith based and non-governmental organization concerned with the development of people, with a mission to promote the dignity of the vulnerable and marginalized groups by promoting access to justice and development. JDPC is considered thus as the Onitsha Archdiocesan answer to the mandate of the Second Vatican Council which states that the Church should be concerned in the building of a Just and Peaceful world.

Considering the importance of JDPC in the Church, it was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2011 with the number CAC/IT/NO 42746. Late Rev. Fr. Peter Okafor was the official pioneer Coordinator in 2003 whereas Rev. Fr. Martin Onukwuba took over as the Coordinator till 2012. After him, Fr. Edwin Udoye became the executive director till date.

FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY

Ihu n’enwere ikpe nkwumoto, oke ruru onye, mmepe na udo n’obodo

1990 - 2002

This period was an incubation period in JDPC Archdiocese of Ontisha that started the skeletal establishment of JDPC in parishes. Major focus this period was Caritas and humanitarian interventions – distribution of relief materials and hospital visitations.

2002 - 2012

This period saw solidification of JDPC in parishes and Episcopal Regions. JDPC was registered as faith-based and Non-Governmental Organisation with the commencement of foreign donors supported projects – Governance Transparency Fund (GTF) supported by DFID/Christian Aid  and Promoting Micro Enterprise by Swisshand Foundation. JDPC excelled in Democracy and Good Governance through voter education and election monitoring.

2013 - Till Date

This period was marked with expansion of JDPC to more parishes with the organization having more visibility in the media and in the society. More funded projects came in – Voice to the People (V2P)  Project funded by DFID/ UK Aid, CADOMICS 1 funded by the Archbishop of Onitsha, CADOMICS 2 funded by Princess Stella Oduah Foundation, Innovative Traditional Cookstove supported by Sun24/CCFN and powered by Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative (CCMAI),  Emergency Response funded by STARTFUND/ Christian Aid during 2018 flood disaster and Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) project. JDPC partnered with Omasi-uno Catholic Community to cultivate 23.5 hectare of Maize. For Youth empowerment JDPC established Oluchkwu Automobile Mechanic Workshop, Tricycle (Keke) empowerment and Cado Farm Initiative

Empowering rural women, giving voices to the marginalized, capacity building of communities/stakeholders, partnering with state and national levels organizations, right education and advocating for use of data for  development, bursary for the OVCs and humanitarian interventions were prominent in this period. This glorious period saw the development of JDPC Manual, expanded personnel policy, documentation of various policies, review of thematic units and strategic plan.

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