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.

DIAKAID Guidelines

  1. 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.
  2. An Application Form is available from the Regional President or the Secretary of DIAKONIA and must be completed.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Applications will be considered for the following projects:
    • 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.
  6. Annual funding is available for up to three years. Reports must be received each year by March 1st to ensure continued funding. Projects should be planned so that they will be completed or other funding available.
  7. It should be noted that the DIAKONIA Executive Committee agreed that ALL DIAKAID applications need to be received by the Regional President by March 1st in a calendar year. Decisions about the distribution of funding will be based on how much money is available in the DIAKAID budget when applications are considered by the Executive Committee when it meets in the middle of each year (in 2017, this will be 23rd-28th June). Successful applicants will receive funding from 1st September each year.

    For further information about DIAKAID, please contact your Regional President.

Application Procedures for DIAKAID

  1. Discuss your project idea concept with the Regional President.
  2. Complete the Application Form and send to the Regional President for review. ALL applications need to be received by the Regional President by March 1st.
  3. The application will be presented to the DIAKONIA Executive Committee at the yearly meeting for decision.
  4. Immediately following the Executive Committee meeting, the Regional Presidents communicate the decision to those who have made applications.
  5. 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. Successful applicants will be required to provide banking details, citing a designated official to receive the money and banking information to receive the transfer of funds.

Emergency Fund

Application Procedures

The Emergency Fund is available in times of natural disasters or other emergencies, which seriously affect the work of our member organisations.

  1. Requests are made directly to the Regional President.
  2. 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.
  3. The Regional President will contact the applicant concerning the decision made.
  4. 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

Three recommendations were presented to the EC by the three Regional Presidents. Each of the successful applications had a focus on education.

1. Order of Deaconesses, Methodist Church Nigeria
Focus: Education in Nigeria with the aim of  providing a Management Course for Women in Leadership Training and in Gender and Development.

2. Diakonia Philippines Deaconess Association
Focus: to support the work of Continuing Professional Development for Christian Educators (CPDCE), in order to provide professional training and continuing education in the form of training, seminars, workshops, and conferences.

3. Deaconess Order, Methodist Church in Fiji
Focus: To improve facilities and resources for the training of young women offered by the Methodist Deaconess Order, including expanding the library resources and providing space and facilities where training for seminars, workshops and training.

2008 – 2011 Malawi: support for small scale self help projects

Training of two deacons “by extention” in South Africa

2007 Egypt, Daughters of St. Mary - Montessori equipment for
the school for mentally and physically disabled

2005 Cameroon - Equipment for the Bakery

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Establishing a bakery to support sisters/
Purchase of mixer, baking utensils, building of an extension

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

2005-2008 South Africa Order of Deacons, Methodist Church (MCSA) :

Circuit Deacon Community Work

Purpose: Co- ordinate mission projects in a district of the MCSA Natal West,
Build bridges to link needs with recources

2003 – 2006 Rwanda – Agricultural project within orphanage

Purchase of grasland, building, purchase of cows, training orphans and community members

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Egypt Sisters from the Coptic Order : Daughters of St. Mary – School
for disabled people – purchase teaching material
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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

2000 Madagascar Agricultural project, charcoal burner

Zambia Deaconess Training Workshop for empowerment

1999 Russia Diaconal Centre Gusev
Ghana Income generating project - Microbusiness