(Nairobi) A big challenge for Caritas in Africa, according to mgr. Zacheus Okot, "is being able to support itself, not necessarily self-sufficient, but with aids from Europe to build facilities and extend our network at parish level as well, something does not happen here in Africa. We have to raise our people’s awareness about the need to have Caritas at parish level as well, to be closer and closer to the poor and their needs”. As to the preparations for the next African Synod, mgr. Okot likes the selected subject, i.e. peace and reconciliation: "It’s appropriate for Africa, we need to build peace and democracy in our societies".