Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service- LWF/DWS. Tanzania: Profile Tanzania is in East Africa on the Indian Ocean. To the north are Uganda and Kenya; to the west, Burundi, Rwanda, and Congo; and to the south, Mozambique, Zambia, and Malawi. Its area is three times that of New Mexico.
While researchers have launched cultural studies linking poverty
and violence, others have used standard economic tools -to
produce novel evidence of the role poverty plays in causing violent
Vicious Cycle of Climate Change Catastrophes (VCCCC).
Deforestation (for fuel, farming)-Drought (Rivers dry up) and floods- Hunger and Poverty- No drinking water (people drink water from ponds, very much susceptible to bacteria)- Water borne diseases (Malaria, diarrhea, typhoid)-Infants dying- Cultural superstition (has been bewitched by red eyed old women-kill them
local capacity to manage water for agriculture through farmer
training; Improved sanitation through the construction of VIP
latrines; Conflict transformation and peace building through
equitable use of available water resources
Adaptations: Adoption of Appreciative Inquiry model
Discovery (what gives life to us as children of God)- Dream (What is our role)- Design (what can we do? How should we be involved?)- Delivery (Delivering message of hope to the poor, marginalized and oppressed).
Q’s How were forests and water managed in the past?
A standard three girl washing utensils and place them at the drying cage.
After all those interventions, what are we starting to see? Impact.
Good participation of communities in development work in trench digging, collection of stones, on and offloading stones, sand, cement and collection of other locally available materials.
Accountability and transparency among village and ward leaders is observed to increase e.g. Village action plans are displayed in the office of VEO for the first time. Time table for village meetings for discussing different development issues are now available. “TCRS trainings have really changed our leaders!” said Ng’oboko.
In 2008, there was drought and hunger in the area, number of children died were 6 vs 13 (2006) in 12 villages, 2 old red -eyed women were killed Vs 5 in 2006, (we keep monitoring this trend as we go along).
The growing acceptance and need to cover the whole district, Viz a Viz funding constaints.
Environment reconstruction, especially planting and watering of trees. Where do they get the water?
Time frame for the project. Transformation of the mind through training and Empowerment is a slow and time consuming exercise which can not be fully achieved in three calendar years! Given the historical background of handouts by the govt. other orgs, and culture of the people.
Challenges latent or open within the churches where we work, how churchy are we? Our relations within and outside