Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP)
The Diocese of Chinhoyi is located in two political provinces Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central (nine civil districts namely Makonde, Hurungwe, Zvimba, Kariba, Rushinga, Mt. Darwin, Centenary, Guruve, Mbire, Hurungwe and Muzarabani. These provinces constitute the political hotspots of the country. CCJP Chinhoyi works to support the work of Justice and Peace committees found in the diocese’s 20 parishes. The Diocesan Office is manned by a team of professionals whose main function is to provide skills. As an office, we run peace building training and social teaching of the church workshops. These workshops and trainings focus on good governance and community leadership. Often than not, our main targeted groups include traditional, political, religious leaders and pastors from other churches. CCJP exists to promote Justice and Peace guided by gospel values. It envisions a God – fearing, democratic and prosperous nation guided by the values of Love, Freedom, Truth and Justice. Our main focus is the rural population. We noted that as a rural diocese, most of our targeted groups have low literacy levels and therefore are often victims of political predators. We focus much on developing capacity to our community local partners so that they can be able to take part in local decisions that affect their lives. We also support them to demand accountability, transparency and inclusiveness through a participatory process in all spheres of life. Through our commission there is growth and development of justice and peace initiatives throughout the diocese. Our parishes and communities have benefited from CCJP programs. This is one of most challenging and government misunderstood arms of the Church and yet an important initiative.