About us

Who we are

We are a team of change-makers who believe that every helping hand can raise a refugees and create a better future for them.

Since its establishment in 1964 until 2006, TCRS used to be the Tanzania Field Programme of the Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service (LWF/DWS), carrying out a programme of humanitarian relief and development activities with refugees and marginalised poor people in Tanzania. As part of the LWF/DWS strategy for local empowerment, TCRS became an autonomous and independent Tanzanian registered NGO in January 2006. TCRS is registered as a Trust Association and continues to be engaged in humanitarian, relief and development work in Tanzania on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, the Christian Council of Tanzania and the global ecumenical network.

The programs and initiatives that are implemented and supported by TCRS would not be possible without the tireless efforts of its dedicated staff and associates. From the local volunteers who are so integral to the success of our Community Empowerment Programmes to the engineers, social workers, administrators, medical professionals, and program staff who work to improve and protect the lives and situations of countless refugees, TCRS has been blessed with a staff of more than 576 individuals and a Board of Trustees who all share its commitment to advocating for the rights and well-being of the thousands of poor and marginalised men, women, and children living in Tanzania today. 

Country Strategy

Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service (TCRS) has since its establishment, in 1964, been involved in managing refugee settlements and camps for refugees and other asylum seekers in Tanzania. The organization has equally been reaching out to engage in work with the marginalized and vulnerable poor communities in several Tanzanian districts.

In 2004, TCRS adopted a significant policy shift from the traditional emphasis on service provision to an empowerment approach, in both Tanzanian and refugee community interventions. As part of its global policy for building national capacities, LWF/DWS facilitated a transition process which in January 2006 culminated into enabling TCRS to formally become an independent and autonomous Tanzanian-registered NGO, governed by a local Board of Trustees. All these events open promising possibilities for extending and further developing the Tanzania program.

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Our approach

Our Mission
“To empower vulnerable, marginalised, and displaced communities to achieve self reliance and sustainable development and to reduce human suffering and poverty”
Our Vision
"Our vision is of empowered communities living in a just, democratic society, united in diversity, and enjoying quality of life and God-given dignity".
Our Core Values
-Universal Justice: access by all to fundamental human rights.-Dignity: inherent self-worth-Self-reliance:people empowered to strive for their own development-Sustainable Livelihoods: humanity in harmonious stewardship with all creation
TCRS Geographic Focus Areas
TCRS works in some selected villages of districts and locations with highest vulnerability to disaster and greatest concentration of poverty. It focuses on remote and vulnerable areas where adequate local capacities and services are not available. Currently, TCRS is working in 11 selected districts in Tanzania i.e. Ilala,Kakonko, Kibondo, Kigamboni, Kilwa, Kinondoni,Kishapu, Morogoro Rural,Ngara, Temeke and Ubungo.
TCRS Mandate
By virtue of having associate status in the LWF/DWS family, TCRS is committed to fulfilling the mandate given by the communion of all LWF member churches to: “Bear Witness in Church and Society to God’s Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice.” TCRS is registered as a Trust Association and continues to be engaged in humanitarian, relief and development work in Tanzania on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, the Christian Council of Tanzania and the global ecumenical network.
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