The role of the church in poverty reduction: a case study of Hoima catholic diocese
Katusiime, Nsemerirwek Scholastic
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The stud examined the Role of the Church in poverty Reduction in Hoima Catholic Diocese. Generally. the study assessed the contribution of the Catholic Church towards poverty reduction in Hoima Diocese. Most specifically, the study determined the role of the Church in poverty reduction among Catholic Christians in Hoima Diocese. established the causes and efforts made by the Catholic Church towards poverty reduction. and coping strategies adopted for more effective poverty reduction in Hoima District. The study used a case study design to closely investigate social and poverty reduction related issues. The study used both qualitative and quantitative research methods to establish the variables including the objectives. A total sample size of 100 respondents for questionn.aires plus 60 families for interviews were involved. Purposive and snowball sampling techniques were used to select respondents. The study used documentary review, questionnaires. interview guide and observation to provide information for the study. Overall, the study findings revealed that the livelihoods of the people and incomes were generally quite low and others did not have even '·monthly income·· study findings revealed that the majority of people were in savings through SACCOs that education status was not satisfactory. The study concludes that poverty is still a substantial reality in Hoima Diocese. However, there are many positive efforts to reduce it. The biggest conclusion, in line with the general objective, is that the Church has made a meaningful contribution towards poverty reduction in Hoima Diocese in spite of the challenges which abound. The study recommends that the Church focuses on planning with and not for the people. as well as sensitizing them to carry out nontraditional economic activities but in a somewhat scientific way. And that she makes it her programme to preach, like a gospel. the joining of the SACCOs and saving as a true channel for economic development.