Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) has being working in partnership with Tearfund UK for more than a decade, empowering churches to save and change lives of the people through HIV prevention and care, safeguarding of vulnerable children- and increasingly advocacy at political level, Palliative Care, Capacity Building to partner churches especially through GVP, Financial Management ,Climate change and Church and Community Mobilization process- CCMP.
Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) in partnership with Tearfund UK have been engaged in building capacity of dioceses to engage in holistic ministry with their immediate community, and thus truly become salt and light to the community, under Church and Community Mobilization programme. The poverty level has been increasing every year and the gap between the reach the poor is wide expanding very year, while Tanzania has been mentioned that is one country whose economy is growing very year. At the other hand, Tanzania has a lot of resources which can be used to improve the lives of her citizens.
CCMP/UMOJA is a programme aiming to equip the church to take it original mission to humanity. CCMP/UMOJA.CCMP is abbreviation of Church and Community Mobilization Process. It one of a toll used to bring sustainable development as against sectoral approach. This new approach is aiming to help people/Churches and Community to participate in taking action on their own development and enable them to overcome poverty-physical and mind set poverty by using local resources found in their areas.
Umoja is about helping the local Church work with its community, sharing a vision to address local needs using their own resources. Around the world it is approach that has brought remarkable transformation to local churches and their communities.
The word UMOJA means’ being of one mind and captures the spirit of people working together. It is from the Swahili language of East Africa. Umoja embodies the unity there must be in the church before it can work with the community.
CCMP/UMOJA is about giving the local church a vision for their community. Through Bible studies and interactive activities, UMOJA is about enthusing and empowering the church to go out into the community and help people identify and address their needs with their own resources.
Through the programme, the community members including church leaders have realized that their communities are surrounded with so many resources, yet they are still living in poverty. There are many initiatives taking place in the country which most of them based on giving handouts to the community and other projects are directed from TOP to Bottom approach, as a results most of these projects are not sustainable because is not owned by the community.
In Tanzania there is limited knowledge and capabilities among local communities that hinder them realize their potentials in them and resources surrounding them Given y God, hence they live in poverty.
The project implemented in churches and communities with high level of poverty, high level of environmental degradation and have big number of the most vulnerable children and people living with HIV and AIDS in the following regions: Tabora, Singida, Kigoma,Mara, Katavi, Iringa, Dodoma, Mara and Zanzibar.
The aim of this program is to enable the poor people to gain strength, confidence and vision to work for positive changes in their lives, individually and collectively with others. Churches and community members will then be able to address issues of poverty which include food insecurity, gender issues, HIV and AIDS and other vulnerability at household and community levels.
To achieve the aims and objectives of this program there has been a series of capacity building activities that included trainings, mentoring and study visits. The first training was facilitators training workshop report summarizes the daily topics covered that includes devotion sharing held in relation to Umoja/CCMP topics, concept of integral mission in relation to CCMP/Umoja, CCMP/Umoja terms used, Foundational Bible studies, Theory on facilitation skills, envisioning the local church to engage through Umoja, challenges and lessons learned during this phase, way forward and general conclusion and recommendations.
Map Showing CCMP Project Areas
The need for CCMP has being day by day growing to various number of dioceses in Tanzania since most of these dioceses through CCT do come together regularly and share what is going on in their dioceses. Such sharing especially from current dioceses implementing CCMP has made others enthusiastically demand this process to be initiated to their areas claiming that their dioceses have great need of transformation as well. Together with this perspectives some diocese bishops have expressed that focusing on spiritual matters only has continued to make their churches not to stop from depending on external search for assistance while in some other areas have being blessed with natural resources that are not adequately used or tapped to meet their daily needs both of the churches and communities at large due to lack of knowledge and skills as such provided through CCMP.
Moreover, some dioceses have utilized their resources to arrange initial or introductory meeting with senior leaderships particularly on integral mission and get the details of CCMP after hearing or seeing CCMP to their neighbour dioceses. Such heart along with other reasons provided CCT feels that has the responsibility of ensuring this process reaches more and more dioceses so as to enable the body of Christ practically minister to the total man as God intends too.
This programme targets to benefit 12 new dioceses in which 3 local churches and their respective communities per diocese will benefit (36 local churches and communities about 48,466 members) of AICT Tabora diocese, ACT diocese of Rift Valley, ACT Rukwa, MTC Dodoma, DCT-Miyuji parish Msalato, ELCT Iringa,Diocese of Kibondo and ELCT-Kigoma, ELCT Singida, KMT Tarime and Rorya,KMT Serengeti Diocese, the diocese selected 3 facilitators each to be trained . After each training the trained facilitators will go back to their dioceses and apply all training received to selected three local churches and communities per each training phase. Since Church and community mobilization process is the tool designed to holistically address problems facing the poor churches and communities in a sustainable manner.
The programme recognizes the vulnerable groups in the communities. It will therefore ensure all groups are mobilized and are benefiting fully from the programme by providing conducive environment to allow their contribution. The church and communities will be encouraged to mobilize resources to care and support the special groups like orphans, most vulnerable children, elderly, disabled and PLHIV. Moreover the project will advocate for all the groups to be represented in the church and community committees which will be formed to address different issues facing them. On the other hand the secondary beneficiaries will be involved through sharing reports from village level, wards as well as during the congregational synod meetings.
Involvement of Stakeholders
The primary stakeholders will be fully involved in the process from its initial stages. This is due to facts that CCMP is designed to engage fully all church and community members to describe themselves, analyse their problems and resources and determine the best ways to improve their situation using their resources. This process is highly participatory and will continue to be exercised. The local governments will also be fully involved to the programme especially during trainings and open air mobilization meetings. The programme will also recognize all development stakeholders in the areas and involve them where possible.
This project is carefully designed complementary to the local community felt needs, resources and interventions therefore warranting maximum effect and impact. The awakened and empowered church and community will be envisioned to participate fully in their own development program to enhance ownership and sustainability of their initiated development activities. The project will carry out regular follow ups and reflection sessions with the beneficiary communities every three months to enhance self monitoring and evaluation. Information during reviews will also be shared regularly amongst the target beneficiaries in order to provide to them a clear understanding of the project progress, challenges and lessons learned in order to strengthen response and ensure the sustainability of the project outcomes.
Each diocesan leadership together with the program facilitators will collaborate and make regular follow up to the communities and churches engaged to ensure effective implementation of the program activities and ensure maximum impact. The involvement of target populations in the identification of their own needs, and facilitating them to address them using their own locally available resources gives the program lots of dividends along her sustainability path. Implementation of the program will build the community and church member’s capacities to ensure that they own and manage their program initiatives beyond the funded life span of the programme. See below the program structure