The Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa (FECCIWA) is a regional community of national Christian councils and churches from thirteen countries. FECCIWA identifies and addresses the root causes of on-going violent conflicts in West Africa and contributes to peace and security in the sub-region. FECCIWA supports church leaders in their efforts to develop strategies to mitigate hunger, poverty and injustice in West Africa. FECCIWA cooperates with national decision-makers to ensure that people can improve their lives and exercise an influence over decisions that affect them. FECCIWA promotes policies on good governance and human rights. FECCIWA is providing a morally respected prophetic voice that is helping to foster humanitarian attitudes in West Africa.
FECCIWA also provides a forum where members speak and act with a united voice for:
- Social change and justice
- Theological reflection
- Worshipping and working together
- Providing support and care for one another as the Body of Christ
- Learning from one another
- Fostering inter-religious dialogue.
GET TO KNOW FECCIWA
The Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa (FECCIWA) is a regional community of national Christian Councils and Churches from thirteen countries founded in 1994 and officially recognized under the matriculation N°0151/MATDCL-SG-DDC-DC of April 15, 2010 in Republic of Togo. The Head Office and Regional Secretariat is based at Lomé, Togo.
VISION : FECCIWA works through its members towards a West Africa where peace is sustainable, human rights are recognized, people have a say in decisions affecting them and every citizen can participate in the region's prosperity.
MISSION : FECCIWA affirms that Jesus Christ represents the total involvement of God in the universe and that it is God through Christ who has called us as Christians to follow Him in God's continuing work of creation and recreation.
FECCIWA in its social justice advocacy role, believes in Christ’s life, sufferings, death on the cross and resurrection, and that all humanity with its agonies and struggles is judged, liberated and redeemed by Christ Jesus.
VALUES : FECCIWA believes that every citizen in West Africa has the right to:
- Attain our core Christian values of faith, hope, and love;
- A livelihood-The fellowship campaigns for food security and better protection of natural resources;
- Education and Health- FECCIWA believes that being well-educated and healthy is the way out of poverty. FECCIWA works together with decision-makers to change policies in order to pave the way for affordable and accessible health care and education for all;
- Being heard- FECCIWA cooperates with civil society organizations to help to give a voice to the voiceless especially those living in poverty;
- Being treated equally- The fellowship strongly believes that marginalized groups, such as women and the disabled are more likely to be poor and therefore work towards changing policy to ensure that all people have equal access to employment, basic social services and influence in their communities.
GOAL, OBJECTIVES & SCOPE
FECCIWA aims at the long - term improvement of conditions for sustainable, local food production to achieve poverty reduction, peace, stability, and social justice to create a life of dignity for all in West Africa.
The objectives of which this Fellowship is established are as follows:
- To promote fellowship and effective witness to our faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ among Christian Councils and Churches in the sub-region.
- To promote fellowship and co-operation among Churches, Councils, and related Christian organizations by creating opportunities for Christians of different traditions to pray, plan and act together in fulfilment of their common calling to witness in word and deed to justice, truth and love.
- To promote the Councils and Churches’ involvement in holistic development in the sub-region.
- To undertake joint action and service on behalf of the Councils and Churches and to encourage co-operation among member Churches.
- To encourage the setting up of Christian Councils and Churches in countries where they do not exist.
- To engage in such activities on behalf of its member Councils and Churches as are integral to the Church's worship, witness and service.
WHY IT MATTERS
Speaking and acting in unity allows us to promote sustainable peace, security, justice and development in West Africa. Our efforts have already borne fruits: We have been building peaceful relations between Christians and Muslims. Now regional faith leaders have committed themselves to the initiative for peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance in West Africa.