Catholic Diocese of Kigoma




Kigoma homecraft, now Kigoma Women Training Centre is located just opposite Fr Treasuries’ office. It is a centre where young women come for vocational training: Tailoring, Secretarial Cookery and now used by New light Organization as an Open Secondary School. There are plans to add more courses. The program focuses mainly on young women who could not make it to secondary school and aims at training them for self employment; it aims at self employment for rural women who have narrow chance to get to secondary school. In collaboration with Women In Development/Gender and Development Office of the diocese(under Caritas Kigoma), the centre offers some short courses on saving and credit cooperatives, gender issues, etc.


Ahadi institute of social work is a Long Distance Learning Program which offers diplomas and degrees in Social work. The program is a joint venture between the diocese, Brothers of Charity and Ahadi International. Ahadi means Promise. It started during the refugee influx trying to help refugees who were on university to carry on their studies in the camps. The program is affiliated to a certain university in Belgium. Currently, the programs benefits Tanzanians, as Kigoma region has no single institute of higher education!


The hydro electric power in Kasulu was created to solve the power problem in Kabanga hospital and Kabanga garage. These are not for profit entities: the garage services diocesan cars and the hospital is a mission hospital. For years, Brother Theo Call contemplated on the project. It is a very small plant which provides power to Kabanga hospital and nursing school, the garage, the government owned teachers college and to the fathers house and sisters convents in Kabanga. It is 100% non profit.

Number 24 is Kigoma, Day Care Centre. What does this day care centre do?

You said that there is a “Sanganigwa 2” as well, but we cannot find that on the list. Is it listed as something else, or is it not on the list?

Sanganigwa II is for street Children.It is located at Mwanga. It is like a branch of Sanganigwa I.

Numer 29 is the Gwanunpu Diocesan Farm. What is this? Is there something being produced here? Could this be an opportunity for making profit?

What is number 30 (Umawata Plot)?

This is a piece of land you own? What is being done with it at the moment? Could this be an opportunity for making profit?

Umawata is the association of diocesan Priests. The plot is in Munanila, a small piece of land. Nothing is invested.

Numer 32 is the Kabanga Garage. Is this a profit making business?

It is a non profit.

Numer 38 is the Rukundo House. What is this house for?

Numer 39 is the Maendeleo Youth Centre. Is this some kind of orphanage or is it used for youth to have catechesis or something? (Also for number 40: Twimenye Youth Centre)

Maendeleo Youth Centre has nothing to do with catechesis. It welcomes all the youth irrespective of their religious background. It is run by Brothers of Charity. It aims at helping the youths to build their future. There is a library and some free secondary school program(extramural). It welcomes some drug addicted youths and helps them to shun the habit. Under Youth alive Club, the youths are given training on self discovery/awareness and how to fight against HIV/AIDS.

Is the building that is being build on the top of the hill near Amani beach already on this list or is it going to be on the list when it is finished?

That building is for spiritual purposes. It is a pilgrimage centre. It is called the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace. It is still under construction.

Could you also get figures on how many children are enrolled in all the schools?

It is an average of 100 students a year per school. So it is about 600 students in a year. I can check with the responsible person. We could not find the kindergarten that is next to the community centre on the list. Is this included with the community centre or is it listed somewhere else? Are there more kindergartens owned by the Diocese? That is named Day Care Centre in the directory. It is a nursery school. We have another one in Katubuka. Formally, each parish and every village had a kindergarten under Santhom Cheichei program. When the government started same program in every school, it put as condition that no child could be admitted to primary school if he/she had not attended government owned kindergarten, we had to close ours. Now the government has officially recognized our program, we have started with preparing teachers, probably next year we will open up again.

Could you give us an indication in which institutions funding is most needed?

Kabanga Hospital, obviously.

Could you get us information on Nzimano, Amani beach and the Community Centre as well? Like some background information, history, etc.

The mission of the church is to evangelize. Since the beginning of its Mission the church has aimed at the evangelization of a Total Person(we look at a person in her/his double reality: Body and Soul). Poverty is not an abstract concept or a macro-economic concept. It is a reality that hurts human beings throughout the world, physically and morally, irrespective of their dignity. It is a complex multi-dimensional problem, the reality of which is lived in Kigoma. To this end, it has been the task of the diocese to find ways to fulfil this double mandate. Thus years back, the dioceses built Community centre to be an income generating entity to help other non profit programs. This was a venture to self sustenance aiming at smoothly meeting the costs of other offices. Much more investment has been sought to help solve the problem as funds from abroad went on the decline year after year as donor looked more for churches on eastern Europe after the collapse of Communism. This involved also a decline in missionary vocation. The missionaries had more chances to solicit funds from their home countries to help them in their pastoral work, something which is very hard for indigenous priests.

Could you give us information on current donors, like caritas and cordaid? A list of donors perhaps and what they fund.

Do you know if there are any funding requests written in the past already?

Can you give us some information about Kigoma, like the economical background, agriculture, minerals, investors, lake, mahale, gombe, and plans for the city (e.g. you mentioned that there are plans to expand the airport)?