Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD)

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Contact personMr. Tony Wee
Email addressenquiry@aohd.org
Websitewww.aohd.org
Phone number+603 2078 0239
Phone number+603 2078 1570
Fax number+603 2078 1560
Year of establishment1990
Address5 Jalan Bukit Nanas 50250 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
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Who are we

AOHD (Archdiocesan Office for Human Development) is the official arm of the Catholic Church, in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, entrusted with overseeing matters pertaining to the promotion of charity, integral human development, justice and peace. it is managed by the AOHD Secretariat and Board of Management with Rev Mitchel Anthony as the Priest Delegate.

History

The “Aggiornamento-Renewal” of 1976 brought into focus the need for the Church in Malaysia to begin its process of renewal by identifying Integral Human Development (IHD) as one of her core needs. Thus, began the journey of the Church in Malaysia to express her “preferential option for the poor”, through Charity, Integral Human Development, Justice and Peace.

This saw the gradual establishment of Offices for Human Development in each of the Arch/Dioceses. The thrust initiated by the Catholic Welfare Services (CWS) / National Office for Human Development (NOHD), as a result of the decision of the Peninsular Malaysia Catholic Bishops, was to set up the Peninsular Malaysia Lenten Campaign Committee. The resultant awareness and education was the vehicle to deepen our understanding of the meaning of our Christian commitment to living the gospels today. Structures for formation, direct services to the needy and administration, including the responsibility to make available financial resources were set up. By the year 1995, the Arch/Dioceses in Peninsular Malaysia adopted Program the Programme Approach as a response to Vision 2020. We identified our priority areas as follows:

  • outreach to the urban and rural poor
  • children with special needs
  • migrants and refugees
  • indigenous people
  • drug users and people with HIV/AIDS

With the growing demands of the various ministries especially in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was deemed necessary to set up the Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD) in separate premises from the NOHD, where it had originally been located since its establishment in the 1990s. This “separation” was the result of the increasing programs, activities and services at the level of the Archdiocese, as well as our growing conviction for the need to link our Parish Integral Human Development Ministries (PIHDMs) with our Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs). Thus, one of the priority area of focus of the AOHD is to set up PIHDMs in every parish, so that more effective pastoral care can be given to people who are suffering and in pain in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Our vision

To be one with God, in solidarity with the whole human family and creation.

Our mission

To witness to Christ through service, integral human development, justice and peace.

Our objectives

To create mission awareness and outreach among the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

To network with governmental bodies, civil society organizations and believers of other faiths towards the creation of a more humane society.

To work closely with Parish Integral Human Development Ministries (PIHDM) and Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) in all parishes in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur so that more effective pastoral care can be provided to the poor and marginalized in their respective communities.

To provide direct services to the five priority groups:

  •   the urban and rural poor
  •   drug addicts and people with HIV/AIDS
  •   children with special needs
  •   indigenous people
  •   migrants and refugees

To organise on-going formation programs, in particular, on Catholic social teachings, and spiritual and practical skills for PIHD ministry work.

To manage the Archdiocesan Lenten Campaign funds for the undertaking of humanitarian projects.

To serve as a resource and information centre on matters pertaining to charity, integral human development, justice and peace.


 
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