Caritas

Introduction

Caritas Rulenge is one of the six development programmes of the Catholic Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara. Caritas is a non-profit making organisation whose main task is: to deal with relief, refugees and socio-economic Development activities. Caritas Rulenge follows a holistic approach, that is: addressing a human person integrally both body and soul. Caritas Rulenge is a member of Caritas Tanzania, which is an organisation of Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) and member of Caritas Internationalis Network.
This department was established in 1972 with the aim of contributing to the reduction of poverty among the people of God who have limited access to sustainable livelihoods by creating enabling environment that will help to overcome their vulnerability.

Past performance

Technical Support Unit (TSU)

Technical Support Unit aims at consolidating and coordinating service delivery system within the programme by creating enabling environment for implementing programme activities effectively and efficiently. The unit has managed to secure working resources for running all programmes.

Agricultural Development and Improvement Programme (ADIP):

This section offers extension services aiming at improving agricultural production among the communities.
Agriculture Improvement Programme (ADIP) is envisaged as a programme aiming at improving productivity by addressing problems faced by farmers whilst conserving the natural resources.  ADIP has been implemented for about 6 years now. For the past implementation phase, the programme paid more attention on addressing soil fertility degradation, crop pests and diseases, farm inputs unavailability and poor agronomic and management practices due to inadequate technical knowledge.  By addressing these problems ADIP interventions significantly improved crop productivity in the target farmers’ farm holds.
Essentially, all interventions had focused on improving agricultural productivity to 72,000 farmers of Ngundusi, Buhororo, Mugoma, Mubuhenge, Mumiterama, Nakatunga, Muyenzi, Bukiriro, Bugarama, Murusagamba, Magamba and Kanazi villages of Ngara district

Gender and Development Programme (GAD)

The main objective of GAD programme is to ensure that gender relations between men and women are improved and both social groups have equitable opportunities to social and economic development opportunities.

Caritas Rulenge through Women in Development Project (WIDP) component has been addressing women empowerment issue through community sensitization, strengthening women economic activities, imparting women with various practical knowledge and skills, and facilitating access of women to resource support.

Two major exercises were carried out at the end of the last programme implementation phase; these were project evaluation and gender mapping.  Important observations were drawn from these exercises and this document has scrupulously taken care of them bringing about new features in this programme. The main strategic ones include, Putting more emphasis on strengthening community management and intensification of stakeholder collaboration, Consolidating and scaling up programme coverage and operations but in a specified geographical area, Changing approach from WID perspectives to a more strategic GAD outlook, Changing approach from project output-based planning to focus on long term development transformation process, Addressing Gender Based Violence as one of the new focused project components and Mainstreaming of Gender, HIV/AIDS and environment management.

Rural Appropriate Technology and Innovations

The aim of this project was to animate, support and promote appropriate technologies, which are affordable, cost efficient and can be replicated in rural setting. The major objective of RATI was identified as the promotion of the informal sector, which could create employment opportunities particularly for the youth.

During the previous phase this component did not work to its full potential as it is undergoing reorganization to meet new technological requirements. The component has, however, been much involved in undertaking small contracts to construct buildings for UNHCR, NPA and Ngara District.

Relief and Emergency Project (REP)

Since the development of past plan of Caritas in 2000, this project component has not done much in relation to what the name of the project suggests.  However, in 2004, the project directed its focus on community based rehabilitation programme based in Rulenge area with limited number of resources.
 
In addition to what is mentioned above this component provided relief food in a very limited amount.

Major challenges

  • Insecurity environment in the intervention area due to refugees influx
  • Disparities in implementation approaches among projects
  • Inadequate financial resources
  • Lower coverage of women especially from the female-headed families and most vulnerable ones on grounds diseases, destitution, and age.
  • Emphasis was mainly focused on meeting Practical Gender Needs (PGN) without due attention to Strategic Gender Needs (SGN)
  • Communities were regarded as homogeneous entities overlooking other community influences on the fate of one social group.
  • There are still some pockets of weaknesses in community management capacity
  • Much investment was mainly directed to economic improvement ignoring other forms women development bottlenecks
  • There was limited attention to children and school girls
  • Poor post-harvest technologies
  • Poor entrepreneurship skills

The way forward

  • To revive operations of RATI component by introducing new and appropriate technologies and impart practical knowledge to the youths in view of creating employment.
  • Enhancing strategic response to cross cutting issues like gender, HIV/AIDS, environment and sustainable agriculture, etc.
  • Establishment of instant disaster management scheme
  • Strengthening institutional management

Responsable persons

Sister Zenobia
Phone contact: +255784473369
E-Mail: caritasrulenge@yahoo.com