The Purpose and History of DIAKAID
As DIAKONIA our commitment to the gospel is to be faithful as in Micah 6,8 to "love mercy, seek justice and walk humbly with our God". DIAKONIA is committed to further mutual relationship of respect and solidarity by working together.
Before the actual formation of DIAKAID, DIAKONIA had taken action to provide financial aid to deaconess communities and diaconal projects. By 1970 the name DIAKAID was chosen and a decision was made to consider applications every year.
- Applications must be made by a member organisation. The project may be under the control of a church/community/agency but one or more members of the diaconal organisation must be involved in the project in a significant way. A maximum of €5,000 may be requested per year.
- An Application Form is available from the Regional President or the Secretary of DIAKONIA and must be completed.
- Those who make a successful application must provide annual project reports and financial statements to the DIAKONIA Executive Committee through the Regional President. Upon completion of the project, a final report must be provided along with photos of the project. The report will be filed with the secretary.
- Priority for funding will be given to projects which:
- assist those who are most in need;
- enable people to take control of their own lives;
- involve diaconal workers.
- development projects (staffed by diaconal workers) to assist and empower;
- scholarships, seminars, training programmes;
- equipment and supplies needed to carry out projects, excluding capital investments.
Application Procedures for DIAKAID
- Discuss your project idea concept with the Regional President.
- Complete the Application Form and send to the Regional President for review.
- The application will be presented to the DIAKONIA Executive Committee at the yearly meeting for decision.
- Immediately following the Executive Committee meeting, the Regional Presidents communicate the decision to those who have made applications.
- Once a project is approved a schedule is established for beginning the project and payment of funds and should be completed between the project manager, the Regional President and the treasurer.
The Emergency Fund is available in times of natural disasters or other emergencies, which seriously affect the work of our member organisations.
- Requests are made directly to the Regional President.
- The Regional President will assess the situation to assure that DIAKAID funding will not duplicate other funding and contact the President and the Treasurer for decision.
- The Regional President will contact the applicant concerning the decision made.
- The recipients should provide a written report to the Regional President within six months after receiving the funds. The report will be filed with the secretary.
DIAKAID Projects Region Afrika Europe
1999 Russia Diaconal Centre Gusev
Ghana Income generating project - Microbusiness
2000 Madagascar Agricultural project, charcoal burner
Zambia Deaconess Training Workshop for empowerment
2001 - 2002 Malawi Dairy Project for orphans at Gowa Mission
Station - purchase of three cows
Swaziland: Training of Church workers short term workshops
Zambia: Poultry Project - building of chicken coup, purchase of 1 day old chickens, teaching orphans to take care of the chickens
2003 – 2006 Rwanda – Agricultural project within orphanage
Purchase of grasland, building, purchase of cows, training orphans and community members
Egypt Sisters from the Coptic Order : Daughters of St. Mary – School
for disabled people – purchase teaching material
2005-2008 South Africa Order of Deacons, Methodist Church
Circuit Deacon Community Work
Purpose: Co- ordinate mission projects in a district of the MCSA Natal West,
Build bridges to link needs with recources
2005 – 2008
Tanzania – Namalira Motherhouse
Training for Deaconesses
Purpose: to empower deaconesses through education
Secondary school education for deaconesses who did not finish
their schooling, to enable them for professional training
2005 Cameroon - Equipment for the Bakery
Establishing a bakery to support sisters/
Purchase of mixer, baking utensils, building of an extension
2007 Egypt, Daughters of St. Mary - Montessori equipment for
the school for mentally and physically disabled
2008 – 2011 Malawi: support for small scale self help projects
Training of two deacons “by extention” in South Africa