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CADA is an acronym that stands for Christian Association for Development Aid.  It is a Christian charity, non-profit, non-denominational, humanitarian aid and development organization which was formed in 1990 and officially registered in May 1990 by the Ministry of Home Affairs under the societies ordinance (Reg. No. SO No. 6797) and committed to improve the quality of life of people in the poorest communities and to give every person the opportunity to hear about the good news of Jesus Christ.  It is made up of members from different Christian denominations. As followers of Jesus Christ we are raising people to walk into a better future.  Every group of women, men, and young people are organizing themselves to confront the enormous challenges arising from entrenched poverty and ill health.  These situations are themselves linked to many other factors.   These include economic and social mismanagement, poor governance, failing investments, and climate change.

We are called to respond firmly and with conviction to these challenges confronting the communities.  Jesus own first public utterance “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, therefore he has anointed me.  He has sent me to bring good tidings to the poor” (Lk. 4:18) invite us to take such action.  Again, in the parable of the last judgment we are told that we will be judged according to how we respond to the hungry, the thirsty, the naked and the stranger amongst us (Mt. 25:31-46).  Christian Association for Development and Aid (CADA) have to come to the forefront of this struggle.  We believe deeply that these oppressive conditions are temporary and that a new and better life is possible and within reach.  CADA operates in the Mara Region of Tanzania.

Our Vision,Mission and Values


CADA vision is to bring hope and build the capacities of marginalized and disadvantaged communities


CADA Mission is to change lives of poor people through the compassion and connect them in fight to end poverty, working together and build the health enviroments they need to thrive in their communities


CADA look forward to a society in which all can enjoy well being. Life in which care, reciprocity, acceptance, openness and equality are core values.  CADA is built on the collective experience to confront and respond to the many issues that threaten people’s fullness of life, and the well-being of their families, grass-root groups and communities.  We have learnt to rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit, on the integrity and on the importance of enabling people to take responsibility for improving their own lives.  CADA believe that human dignity comes from God, who breathed life into us and in whose image we are created.  Also CADA recognizes that human beings depend for their survival, wellbeing and prosperity on certain material conditions.  All persons have a right to live in peace and to participate in community with others.  Similarity, people have the right to earn a decent living which for many will be through gainful employment but for most will be through the work of their own hands in agriculture and enterprise.  Access to good nutrition and health care, education, and to acquiring a skill and other tools of a trade, are other basic human requisites for wellbeing.

CADA believe that society has a duty to make the realization of human wellbeing possible, and that we should be more supportive of people’s struggles to realize it.  For example, we believe that all persons should therefore have a right to social protection in the circumstances of sickness, disability, childhood, old age and unemployment.  Following the value of our vision, we consider that the poor and those who are socially vulnerable have the strongest claims on the conscience of society and the church. 

Strategic focus 2019 – 2024

CADA has identified the following key themes as central to its work:

1. Improving the conditions and quality of life of marginalized and disadvantaged groups: 

  • § People with disabilities
  • § Orphans and vulnerable children
  • § Widows
  • § Elderly poor 

2. Improving the lives and opportunities of women, youth and men skills

3. Securing the food security of rural and urban poor

4. Responding more effectively to health challenges and HIV and AIDS

5. Promotion of evangelism.

6. Information and Documentation centre.

7. Strengthening the capacity of grassroots community based groups.

8. Securing the food security of rural and urban poor.

9. Environmental problems.

 Improving the conditions and quality of life of marginalized and disadvantaged groups:

  • § People with disabilities

The challenge

Persons with disabilities in Mara Region are among the poorest of the poor, too little attention has been paid to them so far in development programmes.  Poverty, under-development and lack of resources in Mara Region have also an impact on the prevalence of disability and the less than adequate response by government.  Landmines and unexploded ordinance, and road accidents contribute greatly to the prevalence of disability.  In poor, rural communities, poverty, inadequate pre-post-and neo-natal health care, and the youth and illiteracy of mothers, all contribute to the increase in disability and exacerbate the conditions of disability among young women and newborns.  Persons with disability in the Mara Region have suffered no more no less of the discrimination and marginalization that all persons with disabilities have suffered throughout the country.  Services and aid to persons with disabilities were motivated by pity and charity, and predominantly provided by religious – based institutions and organizations.

One of the main challenges facing the recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities in the region, is the recognition of disability itself.  Without accurate and reliable data on the size, scope, types, prevalence and causes of disability, there can be no appropriate services or programmes and no proper response to the needs.  Persons with disabilities are a source of shame, a financial burden, even seen as a curse on their families

Our Response

CADA will facilitate community members to understand better the key cause and prevention of disability.  Therefore will promote landmine education and public awareness campaigns about the dangers of unexploded cluster bombs, and the like.  Public education and awareness about road safety and the dangers of reckless speed.  To increase the legal age for marriage and to provide young mothers with health and nutrition training, particularly in rural and poorer communities.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCS)


There is a growing number of orphans and vulnerable children in rural and urban areas of Mara Region.  Children have lost both parents, divorce, unwanted pregnancy, sexually exploited girls and re-marriage of deserted, resulting in psychological, social, educational and health consequences.  They are left without care and support.  Most orphans and vulnerable children have run away from their guardians and caregivers due to severe neglect and abuse.  

Our Response

Strengthen communities to support holistic child development and welfare at family, caregivers and community, and to improve the access of orphans and vulnerable children to health, education and social protection.



Widows are among the most vulnerable in the community.  The social stigma attached to them deprives them of their basic human rights.  They are prey of physical and sexual assaults and harassments, accused of various sexual missed and are socially marginalized.  Prevented from inheriting her rightful assets, including things she herself brought into marriage.

Our Response

Promoting the welfare and economic empowerment of disadvantaged widows and education of their children and provide free healthcare in our community Health Centres and campaign to end harmful cultural practices which ignore the human rights of widows and lead to their dire poverty and social exclusion. 

Elderly poor


Older adults face particular problems due to their age and life circumstances in the region, the elderly, they are taken care by family members.  However, due to financial strains and many other reasons there are a number of individuals growing old and finding themselves without a family to help them.  No health services, no food, no home care assistance.

Our Response

Making sure our loved ones are safe health, and happy in their own homes.  We need to ensure that the activities of daily living are met and they are receiving treatment in our CADA community Health Centres free of charge (James 1:27)


CADA will take the following steps to respond to conditions and quality of life of marginalized and disadvantaged:

  1. 1. Mobilize communities to understand and respond to issues of poverty and inequalities and factors that affect their livelihood.
  2. 2. Raising awareness, education and counseling.
  3. 3. Developing and establishing rehabilitation centres and children homes.
  4. 4. Building small community banks for WIDOWS savings and loans

Improving the lives and opportunities of women youth and men skills


Recognizing the importance and need to introduce technical skills in various fields to women, youth and men, CADA will make arrangement to conduct programmes in this respect.  It should be noted that lack of appropriate skills is one of big problems facing the people of Mara Region and this partly explains the existence of the serious problem of unemployment especially among youths in this region.

Our Response

Promoting and generating employment opportunities to men, women, and youth and improving income of the people through developing and sustaining a technical oriented culture among the people.


  1. 1. Improve skills and capability to start and manage own project.
  2. 2. Collaborate with institutions responsible for the promotion and development of vocational training in the country and internationally.

 Strengthening the capacity of grassroot community based groups.


The role of the grassroot community based groups in the development process has received wide recognitions and need not be emphasized here.  Unfortunately these grassroot groups are incapacitated to execute their tasks to optimum level.  A few of the shortfalls are; inadequate elementary managerial skills technical skills, and lack or insufficient resource base.

Our Response

CADA intends to address these short comings in order to make and/or enable grassroot community groups contribute meaning fully in terms of their own development and overall social and economic development on a sustainable basis.  Identify grassroot community groups and training.


  • Increasing efficiency and effectiveness of grassroots community groups.

Securing the food security of rural and urban poor.


In the community agriculture, there is an inadequate use of appropriate technology leading to declining productivity. Climate change and growing urban population pose challenges that will be much more difficult to solve.  Community produces less food than it requires.

Our Response

The majority of community members engaged in agricultural do so on a subsistence basis to meet the requirements of the family and then market any surplus production locally.  To address the food security situation, the ability of individuals and local communities to produce, access and afford food in sufficient quantities and quality.


To strengthen the food security of rural and urban poor CADA will:

  1. 1. Enable community member to promote farming methods that respect seed rights and are eco-friendly.
  2. 2. Enable farmers groups and individual farmers to acquire appropriate agriculture technology.
  3. 3. Promote indigenous food crops that are adaptive to drought
  4. 4. Support initiatives of poor urban households to improve their quality of life.

Responding to health challenges and HIV and AIDS


Health delivery remains to be one of the leading problems facing the people of Mara Region, especially the poor rural community based masses.  It is greatly disturbing to note that the most affected groups resulting from poor health delivery programmes in rural mothers, children, disabled persons, widows, orphans, elderly poor and vulnerable children.  Many of community members of poor rural areas lack access to adequate health services even where they are able to pay.  Others lack access because they cannot afford the direct and indirect costs, including hospital charges, the long distances it may take to travel to a health facility, and having to pay for many of the drugs and services they need.  Many people suffer irreparable damage and death because they lack access to qualified medical personnel.  As a result many rely on alternative health care providers such as traditional herbalists, false prophets and healers and the use of indigenous medicine.

HIV and AIDS continue to present fundamental challenges to individual, families and communities.  The pandemic kills many community members each year, often leaving behind poor and stressed spouses, children, relatives and communities.  Next to Malaria, HIV and AIDS is still the leading cause of death in poor rural communities.  CADA is operating three Community Health Centres in poor remote rural areas and in contributing towards the fight against health problems facing marginalized and disadvantaged groups and poor community members.  Many poor patients come to the heath centres already in debilitated condition and must spend many days at the health centre before they can return home.  Likewise those who come for treatment are often unable to pay for these services, and CADA give them treatment free of charge.  In many cases abandoned by their relatives with no source of food or comfort during their stay.  The health centres are not equipped to meet the heavy demands placed by such patients on existing human, material and financial resources.  

Our Response

Providing medical care to vulnerable communities free of charge and creating awareness to expectant mother on health care and family planning, health centre building and renovating the same, procurement of health equipment and facilities.  Increasing access to HIV/AIDS information, education and training for poor communities of Mara Region.


CADA will:

  1. 1. Improving health standard of marginalized, disadvantaged, poor communities, mother and the child.
  2. 2. Strengthen the ability of community members to participate in the prevention and treatment of Malaria and TB.
  3. 3. Link with other agencies to advocate for access to health care for all.

Environmental Problems


In Mara Region, environmental problems began with chance increases in climatic (low rainfall, etc.) which led to ecological crises (drought, and so forth).  These were compounded by the use of wood as people’s only source of energy.  Over the years this brought severe deforestation, which in turn caused soil degradation and in consequence, desertification and hence a real energy crisis in both urban and rural areas.  What followed was a fall in the quantity and quality of surface and subterranean water, aggravated by human activities such as over – pasturing, and not forgetting the impoverishment of degraded soil by the use of techniques that destroy ecosystems.

 Our Response

Raising awareness campaign on the management and exploitation of vegetable resources, particularly on reforestation through a programme of village forestry that legislates for the planting of trees and fruit trees, and an educational reorganization of charcoal burners.


Promoting environmental education to enable people living in villages to create frameworks for the discussion of the causes and consequences of the degradation of their environment.

 Promotion of Evangelism


In remote rural communities in Mara Region are unreached with gospel and need very urgent action leading to the development of the people spiritually and physically.

Our Response

Reaching the unreached people with the Gospel.  CADA will team up with Christians and concentrate on evangelism and discipleship training.  This includes open-air meetings, person to person witnessing, revival meetings leadership seminars Christian Ethics youth Ministry and Counseling and interschool rallies.

 Information and Documentation Centre


Information is a source of power and control and therefore an important and powerful tool for a society in general without a proper information system, planning is done inconsistently resulting in poor policy formulation and decision making.  Unfortunately in our society, information collection, storage and retrieval and dissemination remain a serious problem.

Our Response

In this regard an information and documentation centre is to be established.  It s expected to play a major role in CADA’S constituency.  To provide a central pool of information and Data collection for the purpose of easy dissemination of the same, nationally, regionally and internationally.  Strengthening information between grassroot communities, government and other agencies, national and international.  Establishing a documentation centre.


Improving information storage, retrieval and dissemination/information flow.


In Mara Region there has been an on and off clans clashes over several decades.  CADA has experienced most of Tarime and Rorya Districts families losing lives, homes, cattle’s, farms and properties in massive fights.  Issues like land disputes and cattle raids are a common cause of clan’s fights.  This has led to haltered and mostly when the youths grow up they remember their fore fathers & family members who were killed at these clans fights.  It’s like there is always a cold war.


CADA believes that the Holy Spirit of God touches souls to gives wisdom, proper and peaceful techniques to help these clans live a peaceful life.  CADA will intervene and hold peace trainings and workshops.

CADA will help the youths of such clans work and live an brothers and sisters wherever they are.    CADA will conduct Bible readings, counseling and reconciliation.



This report provide information about programme which was implemented in the year 2019.

  1. 1. Counseling and treatment for WIDOW Programme.


The program intended to help Widows who are at high risk of having problems in poor remote rural villages surrounding CADA Health Centres. To facilitate grieving process and to have a positive effect on outcome.

The programme was implemented in areas of Nyamagaro Ward, Nyangoto and Sirari in CADA Health Centres by CADA Volunteers who have been recruited from throughout the communities, but especially from the medical and nursing schools, local health professionals and widowed persons. Widows met for three hours each week. They attended twenty weeks. The goals of the programme included the facilitation of the grieving process and, implicitly or explicitly, the prevention or alleviation of the detrimental consequences of bereavement.


At follow – up; after the widows stopped meeting, the most positive changes occurred in the consciousness – raising widows.


Some activities carried out by CADA Health Centres included:


  • Psychosocial support like counseling to widows.
  • Widows to overcome the symptoms of complicated grief and live a fuller life.
  • Techniques to pull widows out of isolation.
  • Provided with an excellent opportunity for anyone coping with bereavement.
  • 42 widows received counseling in CADA Health Centres.



  1. 2. Health Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme.

 Children need health care for survival. In poor remote rural areas many vulnerable and orphans are malnourished and sick, and need of free health care support increasing every day. The identification of children in need of assistance was done by CADA Health Centres volunteers who have deep – rooted knowledge of the Word of God, through community assessments. The programme was implemented in all CADA Health centres included child wood immunizations, vitamins and free health care, educational and nutritional counseling.


The program efforts were more successful and improved lives of orphans and vulnerable children. The activities carried out by CADA Health Centres included:


v 85 children received free primary treatment.


v 46 children received health education in Health centres.


v Achieved and increased child wood immunization – such that children were up to date on their immunization. 

The Mother and Child Health care Programme.

CADA delivered sustainable healthcare to vulnerable and marginalized women and children in the poor remote rural communities through the Mother and Child Healthcare Programme, in CADA Health Centres. Healthcare programmes aimed to reduce Anaemia in pregnant women and adolescent girls. The programmes promoted health, including diarrhea management, antenatal care, child nutrition and immunization. Volunteers provided education, training, disease awareness, family planning components and treatment of common diseases. Immunization now covers of 95% of the children in target communities.

The programmes has had considerable success. Infant and maternal mortality is down. Access to nutritional supplements, including iron, has led to a fall in Anaemia and iron deficiency in women and children. A majority of vulnerable women now have access to pregnancy care and safe delivery. Malnutrition among children and pregnant women has reduced, and the babies have a better birth weight.

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Musoma, Mara, Tanzaniya
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Pamba House,First Floor,Room number 202 , Mkendo Street.

P.o.Box 256,Musoma,Tanzania.

Email: cada200@yahoo.com

Phone: +255 784 8454 42;

            +255 755 8173 93;