The eradication of poverty and social inequality lie at the very core of what we do. Caritas Kigoma is committed to combat dehumanising poverty, which robs people of their dignity and humanity Caritas has many faces to one heart. Caritas provides assistance to the most vulnerable regardless of race, religion and seeks to make the poor not objects of pity but subjects of their own development and agents of change, best placed to develop their own solutions in the society


Caritas Kigoma exists to increase awareness of the human rights of vulnarable, marginalized people and victims of social and political unrest e.g. refugees and to improve their livelihood.


Moved by the love of God Caritas Kigoma wants to see a just and peaceful society whereby all the people live in dignity, solidarity, justice and prosperity.


  1. Food Security Program
  3. Orphanage Sanganigwa "B"
  4. Street Children's Centre Sanganigwa "B"
  5. Water Project
  6. Women in Development/Gender and Development (WID/GAD) Project


The Program aims to improve the food security, the economic livelihood and social status of 2,000 households in 20 villages in Kigoma rural and Kibondo districts. The project targets 100 households small scale farmers in each of the twenty selected villages, 10 villages in each district. The Project is supported by Concern World Wide-Tanzania.


The goal of the Program is to contribute in the fulfillment of right of food for poor communities in the two districts. One of the key indicators is a reduction 15% of malnutrition incidences among children under five years in the program areas by the end of the program. Another key indicator is an increase by 30% of the households with a recommended amount of food stocks in the targeted villages throughout the year.


The purpose of the Program is to increase awareness on land rights (equity, equality and HIV/AIDS) and to improve agricultural practices t reduce food insecurity in the twenty villages of Kigoma rural and Kibondo Districts. The Program is being carried with the expected outcomes: the increase by 30% of the agriculture production in the earmarked villages by the end of the program and at least 60% if the earmarked villages to complete village land registration process.

In order to realize the purpose and later the goal, the planned activities were based on the following ouputs:

  1. Increased agricultural and livestock production for 2,000 small scale farmers in the selected 20 villages.
  2. Pre and post harvest losses reduced by 2,000 farmers of Kibondo and Kigoma rural by 2010.
  3. Enhanced communities' capacity in addressing the impact of HIC/AIDS and equality issues on food security.
  4. Increased awareness on land rights and enhanced access to land ownership by small scale farmers and community as a whole.


  1. Land preparation, techniques.
  2. Cultivation and planting.
  3. Distribution of bicycles for farmer facilitators.
  4. \improving seeds distribution.
  5. Compost making and manure application.
  6. Timely weeding
  7. Timely harvest to reduce pre-harvest losses
  8. Distribution of chicken to new groups
  9. Vaccination for chickens and de-worming for goats.
  10. Training on individual group action plan for livestock and HIV/AIDS.

Farmer Field Schools(FFS):

Through the Program interventions informed female and male farmers will continuously and sustainably improve the probability of agricultural production. Farmers will strengthen their efficiency and effectiveness through grouping in Farmers Field Schools and through participatory training methods in sustainable agricultural production techniques. The process will be supported by active community based on extension services, which will engage farmers in a learning process and enable them to improve productivity, soil fertility, crop storage and labor efficiency.


In September 1993, a meeting between Astrid Strunden (volunteer of Kigoma Development Project and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) and the Tanzanian Governement took place, which was the beginning of Sanganigwa Children's Home. Later on, in January 1994, the then Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kigoma, Paul Ruzoka, joined the group whereby he was selected to be the caretaker of the project. In November 1994, the Sanganigwa Children's Home, which was originally a hospital, was handed over to the Diocese of Kigoma and on 15th July 1995, the Home was officially opened. Since then, the Centre has already supported 83 children.


Sanganigwa Children's Home is dedicated to provide basic human needs and education to orphans in Kigoma Region. After being educated, re-integrate them into the society as mature, responsible and independent persons.


All integrated orphans should have access to children's rights and other social services that will lead to be a responsible independent and good productive member of the society.


  1. Prepare the orphans for a better future life, foster them to grow and develop intellectually for self decision-making.
  2. Teach them African norms and values.
  3. Involve the children in self-supporting project such as gardening, looking after cattle, environmental cleanliness and handcrafts.
  4. Integrated orphans, who are not able to pursue secondary education, are sent to either vocation training school or trade within Kigoma Town.

Planned Activities

  1. Purchasing and distributing school materials.
  2. Buying books for information centre and keeping them in the library.
  3. Paying school fees and contributions.


The Diocese of Kigoma opened Sanganigwa "B" in 1998, which is a centre for vulnerable street children. The aim of the program is to improve the life of the children and help them realize their potentialities and responsibly prepare their future.


Caritas Kigoma seeks to utilize the ground experience i.e. partnership and collaboration in between FBO's during the implementation of a project. This was funded by RFE for HIV/AIDS to improve PLWHA and households through strengthened social networks, home based care and income generating support through gardening, poultry and small animal keeping. The project provides business planning and management skills for income generating activities.


  1. Supporting and empowering home based care services of HIV/AIDS patients through partnership with FBO's and CBO's.
  2. Supporting income generation activities for OVC'S, PLHA patients through partnerships with CBO's and FBO's.


  1. Conducting strategic planning activity to FBO, CBO and Government.
  2. Training 20 people from CBO and FBO on project management cycle.
  3. Identify household in need of support.
  4. Recruiting and training Community home based care providers.
  5. Developing guidelines for nursing cares.
  6. Distributing supplies for home based care.
  7. Technical supporting, monitoring and evaluation.
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