MATERNAL LIFE INTERNATIONAL: Affiliate Maternal Life Tanzania
Person completing report Paschal Joseph Maziku
Date 10th May 2015 Time Frame for report: December - April 2015
During the first quarter of 2015, that is January – April 2015, MLI Tanzania organized and conducted eight TFH seminars being five in Dar-es-Salaam and three in the Tanzania Southern zone plus continuous Radio programs on every Wednesday from 9:00aam to 10:00am through Radio Tumaini and couple and individual counseling sessions at our offices in Magomeni – Dar-es-Salaam. Amongst the seminars, one was a youth empowerment seminar which involved 108 youth. The seminars in the Tanzania Southern zone involved 21 Catholic priests (8priests in Mtwara and 13priests in Songea), There were16 nuns too (that is 5 nuns in Mtwara and 11nuns in Songea) who added to 157 laity who participated in the Songea seminar. It was luck that two Bishops of 7 bishops in the Tanzania Southern zone, participated in the Seminar by officially opening the seminar and partly attending the sessions. Below from left to right is his lord Bishop Castory Msemwa Bishop of the Diocese of Tunduru Masasi and at the centre his lordship bishop Bruno P.Ngonyani of the diocese of Lindi who represented the rest bishops in the Mtwara TFH seminar.
MLI Tanzania Programs on progress – Youth empowerment seminar.
On 28th December 2014, MLI Tanzania organized a Youth seminar at Mother of Mercy Parish in Dar-es-Salaam which aimed to empowering youth who despaired after they were disappointed by their leaders to the point of being considered dysfunctional to their church. By using TFH Model, these young people are now united and have new elected leaders who were accepted by the Parish priest Rev Fr.Sunny Mathathil of the congregation of St Francis of Sales, to lead the group.
About 108 youth attended the seminar being 62 girls and 46 boys from the 5 sub-parishes of that Parish. The seminar was facilitated by Paschal and Melania Maziku and below are photos of the attendees together with the new team of leaders.
From left to right are three newly elected leaders to rescue catholic young people of the Mother of Mercy parish in the archdiocese of Dar-es-Salaam.
Below are photos of the young people who attended the youth empowerment seminar which was conducted on 28th December 2014
In January, 9-10th 2015, MLI Tanzania organized and conducted TFH programme at Christ the king Parish in Ilala Municipal of which 17 couples attended. It was successfully done including two couples who were on their final preparations for their wedding added that it was the best thing offered to them before marriage that enriched them. One couple was on a marry marriage without a sacrament who promised to soon rectify the situation. Melania and Paschal facilitated the seminar accompanied by Mr and Mrs Paul Mfungahema.
Below are photos of Melania and family at their home in Dar-es-Salaam sharing the joy of Melania‟s birthday which involved some neighbors including the matron (Mrs Philipina Kawishe) who witnessed their wedding 13 years ago on 9th February 2002.
Melania had her birthday on 19th January 2015 which was celebrated at family level with invitees from neighbours and friends. From left is Melania, Johnson (son), Roselyne (daughter) and Paschal (father), it was a happy day as you can see the son happily receiving a piece of cake.
The Faithful House and NFP Seminars in the Southern Tanzania zone held in April 2015
Southern Tanzania has 7 dioceses which are Mbeya, Iringa, Njombe, Mbinga, Tunduru Masasi, Mtwara and all under the Archdiocese of Songea. The FH Programme seminars to these dioceses were sort to be conducted from 14th April to 2nd May 2015. Three identified venues for the seminars were Njombe Cathedral Parish hall for 14th – 18th April 2015 seminar, Bombambili Parish Family hall in the Archdiocese of Songea for 21st – 24th April 2015 seminar while the third seminar was conducted at Zakayo Hall in Mtwara Diocese at Ndanda Parish. The three centres were planned to allow free choice of venue by participants to easily access the seminar.
Together with other seminars that were conducted on TFH and NFP in Dar-es-Salaam, in this quarter MLI Tanzania had an opportunity to continue her Missionary of peace by scaling up the programme in the southern regions of Tanzania. Couple representatives together with some priests and nuns from different religious congregations of Njombe, Ruvuma, Mbinga, Tunduru Masasi, Lindi and Mtwara dioceses had an opportunity to be introduced to the TFH programme and Natural Family Planning through seve day beads method.
The Faithful House Seminar in the diocese of Njombe – in Njombe region
As for Mbeya, Iringa and Njombe dioceses, the TFH seminar was expected to be conducted from 14th -18th April 2015, unfortunately arrangements were incomplete and so the seminar was postponed until next time on dates that will be mentioned by Rev Fr.Ladislaus Mgaya the zonal coordinator of family life apostolate the soonest. Despite that, the faithful in Njombe were well informed about this seminar hence their readiness to attend when it will be announced. Moreover the Njombe Cathedral Parish priest promised to organize the TFH seminar to all catechists of the Parish that is husband and wives. See photos below showing the Cathedral of the Catholic diocese of Njombe and some faithful after the introductory Holy Mass on 12th April 2015.
The Faithful House Seminar in the Archdiocese of Songea – in Ruvuma region
From 21st – 24th April 2015, MLI Tanzania conducted the FH seminar to representatives from Njombe, Mbinga and the Archdiocese of Songea at Bombambili Parish family hall.
Below on the second photo, the Director of lay Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Songea on behalf of His excellence Archbishop Damian Dallu gave the seminar closing speech. He said that in the Archdiocese of Songea the greatest problem facing families are marry marriages without a Sacrament whereby a number of parents don‟t receive the Holy Communion because of such an impediment because people are living in mortal sin hence the failure to be enriched spiritually through receiving necessary sacraments particularly the Sacrament of reconciliation and the Holy Communion. The Archbishop concluded that all parish priests in the various parishes should invest in families by opening gates for their empowerment through Marriage and family formation and renewal through “The Faithful House” and other family life programs.
For that reason, suggestions from participants after the seminar commented that such seminars should continue at not only parochial level and or sub parish level but down to the small Christian prayer groups.
Amongst supporters of TFH seminar in Songea, were Sister Josephine Mgaya (OSB) a trained Nurse Midwife on Natural family planning who also contributed a lot on the topic as seen in the photos below. At the centre in the photos below is Sr Josephine demonstrating the female anatomy pictures and showing how contraceptives destroy females reproductive organs and general bodies. She well explained the value of NFP and the effects of using contraceptives.
Participants of the Faithful House seminar in the Archdiocese of Songea – 21th- 24th/4/2015.
Below are photos of the Cathedral of the Catholic archdiocese of Songea – in Ruvuma region
The Faithful House Seminar in the diocese of Mtwara – in Mtwara region
TFH programme in Mtwara diocese was conducted from 28th -2nd May 2015. The photo below shows the Mary our Lady helper of Christians Church at Ndanda in Mtwara Diocese and participants of TFH seminar coming from the church after the Holy Mass for the official opening of the seminar which was presided by His Lordship Bishop Bruno Ngonyani of the diocese of Lindi. The bishop, his lord Bruno represented bishops of Mtwara, Tunduru Masasi and Lindi.
Bishop Bruno compared family life like an Oscillating chair used by kids to swing. According to him, the two strings are the Husband and wife, the sit represents the children while the hub represents Jesus Christ, God himself. Once parents fail to cling on Jesus the swing does not oscillate properly and automatically the two string (husband and wife) separate since they are only united by God Himself (the hub), and on the other hand children suffer the more because they become the first to fall down. For that reason „‟families must stay united in God for happy and meaningful Christian marriages‟‟, he insisted. Bishop Bruno concluded by requesting parish priests and laity to find ways of strengthening marriages through organizing family life renewal seminars on regular basis to serve the purpose.
Below are Bishop Bruno Ngonyani ready for the official opening of TFH seminar in Mtwara on 28th April 2015. The photo at the centre is the Chairperson of the Mtwara diocese Lay Apostolate Council (John Joseph Kambona – former ambassador of Tanzania in Italy-Rome) while on the left is Rev. Fr Tittus Amigu, lecturer at Peramiho Theologicum who presented a paper on marriage life according to the Bible and church teachings.
Participants of TFH seminar which was conducted in Mtwara represented the three diocese of Lindi, Tunduru Masasi and Mtwara. There were additional topics which were facilitated by priests including Biblical understanding of marriage, marriage as a vocation and what says the law (Canon and Civil law) on marriage.
The following priests facilitated on the three topics being: Rev Fr Nicodemus Mbano on Marriage as a vocation, Rev Fr Ladislaus Mgaya on Marriage as per Canon Law and the Tanzania law, while Rev Fr Titus Amigu on Marriage as per Holy Bible. The Faithful House programme was facilitated by Paschal and Melania supported by Dr. Severin Njelekela and Edwin Kilas on Natural family planning.
Below, the photo on the right side is Melania facilitating the TFH seminar in Mtwara diocese on 30th April 2015. The seminar opened gates for the various parishes in the Tanzania Southern zone to start organizing such seminars on regular basis.
Opportunities for asking questions, giving suggestions and or requesting for some clarification was given and many asked various question according to the given topics and satisfactory answers were given. For instance the two women below wanted to know how shall TFH program reach families at grass roots level, that is at small Christian communities.
It was recommended that
MLI Tanzania organize as many seminars as possible both for participants couple and facilitators.
TFH Programme seminars be conducted at grassroots level to ordinary people all over Tanzania for them to get the opportunity of thorough understanding of NFP.
Parish priests open up gates for regular family life formation seminars so that their faithful will be enriched for happy and peaceful life
More facilitators be trained for easy scaling up of the programme.
As per expenditure summary above, MLI Tanzania received a total of US$ 2,760 which was wired on 25th February 2015. The money was for the office rent (i.e US$ 960) and Paschal and Melania salary for the first quarter January – March 2015 and the money was spent as such.
ACTION STEPS (TAKEN AND NEED TO BE TAKEN)
In reference to the information which was shared about the intention of MLI Tanzania to scaling up the programme at National level, the MLI TANZANIA management decided to form three groups of Lead Facilitators who are committed to introducing the Programme into the 5 main zones of the Tanzania mainland; The groups are as follows:
GROUP ONE: Wenceslaus Mapuli and Victoria N.Mapuli, Benjamin Wasonga and Lilian Lucinda Wangong, Paschal Maziku and Melania Maziku.
GROUP TWO: Protas Mayemba and Consolata Hongoli, Emmanuel Muhambule and Martha Muhambule, Sixtus Ndenje and Maria Immaculata Nsongo.
GROUP THREE: Paul Mfungahema and Asela M.Mfungahema, Michael Nyagalu and Sabina Nyagalu, John Dalali and Lucia dalali, Sr Bernadetha P. Mkalole.
The said five zones are:
o NORTHERN TANZANIA (Mara region which is motherland of Wasonga‟s family, Kagera region, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Geita and Simiu regions),
o SOUTHERN TANZANIA (Mbeya, Iringa, Njombe, Ruvuma, Lindi and Mtwara regions)
o EASTERN TANZANIA(Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Morogoro, Dar-es-Salaam, Manyara, Arusha and Coast regions),
o WESTERN TANZANIA (Rukwa, Kigoma and Katavi regions)
o CENTRAL TANZANIA (Dodoma, Singida and Tabora regions). Maternal Life Tanzania has
MLI Tanzania will organize and conduct as many participants couple seminars through which best couples who may be trained to be facilitators will be identified. A pool of Kiswahili speaking couple facilitators will be created for the smooth programme scaling up
WHAT NEEDS FOLLOW UP FROM MATERNAL LIFE INTERNATIONAL?
Maternal Life International is requested to facilitate the smooth undertakings of MLI Tanzania mission through funding and offering technical support. This will include the continued initiatives to upgrade the present health center at Kilimahewa Health centre to a model safe birth center providing comprehensive obstetrical care services and couple and family-centered health education. It is expected too that MLI will supply the teaching aid such as NFP reference books and the beads for the seven day beads method of NFP.
Thanks be to God that our mission during this quarter has been very successful and that lets keep up the spirit of praying for our mission of peace so that the Spirit of God dwells with us all throughout this year, all for the Glory of God. Thanks be to Dr.Jim and Jean Linn for their support to our mission of peace in Tanzania, God bless us all.
By Paschal and Melania