Standards are complex and frequently change; they overlap, with changing policies and conventions. We recognise the wider policy context and set out a spatial framework, planning and looking at the big picture. As a Faith Based Organisation (FBO), with core values of respect of life and the dignity of the human person, we uphold the UN principle that guarantees the protection of life, service to humanity, and the freedom of persons to reach their full potentials. Our standard is not defined by culture, or tribe, nor by race or ethnic background, but by the undeletable decree of the Social Teachings of the Church; that all of human social life is an expression of its unmistakable protagonist; the human person. The human person as the Imago Dei which is the fundamental message of sacred scripture, proclaimed that the human person is a creature of God.
Our core values are unconnected with the overall goal of Christ which is service to humanity. We are committed to promoting and building a future characterized by a just and peaceful society; fulfillment of human needs through reconciliation, healing, interfaith harmony, human rights, good governance, provision of potable water, empowerment of men, women and youths in communities and the celebration of creation’s integrity.
In our approach to the world, the model of Processes, Institutions and Policies (PIPs) are very much respected. By processes we mean that through participation, involvement, togetherness, dialogue, negotiation, systems are pragmatised. It offers equality, respect, reciprocity and ownership. To also help form a global collaborative relationship dedicated to the pursuit of a shared goal. Such collaboration in partnership is an opportunity to achieve more than what each organisation might accomplish on its own, while institutions must be strengthened to keep to fairness, equality, equity, justice, and interconnectedness. We respect institutions be they Islamic, Buddhist, protestant or Pentecostal. In the political sphere, we respect all governmental officials and presidents both present and past. We uphold all traditional stools and are ready to work with them. The policy drive is all involving. It seeks the approach of behavioural change and attitudinal adaptability. Where people learn to accept one another, and respect the dignity of difference; team work and treating people with courtesy and consideration at all times, and should be able to show understanding and appropriate balance in dealing with people in a professional manner, knowing that in development work we are furnished with the knowledge that we are all different. Like Jonathan Sacks says, “because each of us has something someone else lacks, and we each lack something someone else has, we gain by interaction…in our interconnected world, we must learn to feel enlarged, not threatened by difference.” We applaud where people should be allowed to express themselves irrespective of their upbringing, tribal difference, language, culture and world view.
Our standard anticipates future needs on an objective basis, our role in protecting the environment and our heritage as accounted for by Pope Francis in his Encyclical, ‘Our Common Home’, denounces the way unchecked human activities has caused tragic consequences to the planet. ‘This is why the earth itself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22)’. Our code of conduct is not conflicting with international best practices. While upholding their individual beliefs, and mastering the art of living for one another and that what affects one affect all.
We maintain our standards by sticking to the mission and vision of the organisation. We conduct regular managerial meetings every week and programme managers hold regular meetings as stipulated. Monthly staff meetings are our regular assets, with our coalition with other partners. The organization’s board hold quarterly meetings within the year to assess the activities of the organisation. All activities are summed up in the annual General Assembly presentation of the Archdiocese of Jos.