Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Project Management Training for Indonesia-Timor Leste Independent Delegation conducted by the General Mission Procurator, Fr. Lord Winner, CMF, took place on August 27 to 30, 2019 at the OMI Retreat Centre in Yogyakarta. Eighteen priests, nine Claretian students and a Religious of Mary Immaculate attended the said training program with the theme “Not Only Leading People to Heaven but Making Heaven on Earth.”
On behalf of the Major Superior of Indonesia – Timor Leste, Fr. Francesco Baeza, CMF, the Econome and Mission Procurator of the Delegation, inaugurated the training inviting the participants to work towards self-sufficiency of the delegation through pastoral and social projects.
The training focused on: 1) various components of projects; 2) study of the formats of Missio and the General Mission Procure; 3) organizational structure needed to implement projects and how projects need to be designed using the sustainable development goals (SDGs); and 4) the steps needed by the missionaries to move from charity-based approach to rights-based approach by discussing the theme of the meeting. The trainer dealt in length on the functioning of the Mission Procure and the criteria used by the Congregation for managing projects.
Invited staff of Caritas Germany working in Indonesia shared on their project planning process which enlightened the participants with concrete examples. Using the funding guide published by Mission Project Service (USA), the participants made a prospect search to enlist the possible funding agencies for a project proposal they prepared during the training.
The Evaluation done at the end of the Training revealed an increase in confidence among the participants to engage in projects. Many also expressed the need to continuously increase their knowledge and skills so that each community can prepare proposals in consultation with the people and send to the Mission Procure. The participants returned with the promise of sending one or more projects for the next project cycle of the General Procure, whose deadline falls on 31st January 2020.