Community Empowerment Program (CEP)

Empowerment program is designed to build self-resilience and confidence by empowering the community to change their own lives. The organisation facilitates the process of capacity building, awareness raising and training for marginalized people and their local leaders, so that they are able to take self-initiatives that lead to improvement in their lives and communities. CEP is conducted in selected districts in Tanzania, and goes through detailed participatory selection process to identify the most marginalized in a community with whom to work with together with their village leaders. The districts are Kakonko, Kibondo, Kishapu, Ngara, Morogoro and Kilwa


KIBONDO FIELD PROGRAM (KFP) In 2021, TCRS Kibondo Field Project continued its work in 10 project villages of Kibondo and Kakonko districts under Community Empowerment Program (CEP). TCRS KFP- CEP with the funding of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and Evangelical Church of America (ELCA) worked with 260 village leaders and 2,868 marginalized (1,486 female and 1,372 male) who are direct beneficiaries in the 10 project villages namely Kiduduye, Kiyobera, Itumbiko, Kiga and Kasongati (in Kakonko district), Kigogo, Nyange, Kigendeka, Rusohoko and Minyinya in Kibondo district. Also, in all 10 project villages TCRS works with a total poulation of 43,045 (8,294 households) who are indirect beneficiaries. The NCA funded project focuses on enabling people to lift themselves out of poverty while building community resilience through Climate Smart Economic Empowerment (CSEE). This is done by creating jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for young men and women whereby climate smart food production systems are in place hence increasing income of both small-scale producers and service providers in 10 project villages. The ELCA funded projects focus on building capacity of the communities to live dignified lives by developing food production systems based on agricultural diversification and


Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service (TCRS) established its unique Community Empowerment Program at Kilwa District in 2004 and until today TCRS continues to work with disadvantaged communities so that they take actions themselves that lead to improvements in their lives in areas of Gender equity and equality, persons with disabilities (PWDs), Youth and children, governance and accountability, Environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction. KCEP operates in 10 villages with a target of 7,128 (Female 2495, Male 4633) direct beneficiaries with the estimated 14,613(F7640, M, 7073) indirect beneficiaries in the project catchment area. The duty-bearers are 407(132F/275M) (Source: Baseline survey, 2019).


In 2021 the Kishapu program was implemented successfully through financial support from donor partners which enhanced TCRS to serve 82,800 people of 10,214 households in 47 villages. The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (Felm) funded three projects, namely, Kishapu Climate Change Adaptation Project serving 14 villages; Small Scale Reforestation Initiative in 2 villages and Building Community Resilience for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in 10 villages. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) supported the Climate Smart Economic Empowerment (CSEE) activities in 6 villages and Fighting inequality in agriculture sector in 10 villages. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) funded livelihoods and food security project in 5 villages, Rural Urban Development Initiatives (RUDI) funded the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project in 6 villages and Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) funded a project on good governance and accountability by Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) in water sector in 10 villages. The direct beneficiaries served by project were 28,567 people (15,985 female and 12,582 male). The direct beneficiaries comprise vulnerable women and men including youths, persons with disabilities, people with HIV and AIDS, girls and boys in schools and village leaders. Project implementation focused on community resilience building throughgender equality


Morogoro Community Empowerment Project (CEP) has expanded significantly to reach more community members in the district at different times. Up to the reporting time, the project has covered about thirty-three (33) villages since started to operations in the Morogoro District. In the year 2021 the project was operating in 15 villages located in to four wards of Kiroka, Tomondo, Mikese and Tawa within Morogoro district. The total population under this area was 40,031 people; 21,745 females and 18,286 males in 8,060 households (2018evaluation report MCEP). Implementation of the activities during the reporting period were done by project staff with assistance of volunteer village animators in collaboration of local government officers and other stakeholders like Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO), The Open University of Tanzania (OUT), NHIF, TRA and NSSF


The second phase of the project started being implemented in 2021. The project still works in 10 project villages in Bukirilo, Bugarama and Muganza Wards in Ngara District. Ngara CEP is financially supported by the by Act Church of Sweden and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In this year, the project intended to address challenges on poverty, Gender inequality and Climate change. The achievements gained in 2021; have been narrated herein