About Us

Tanzania Association of the Deaf popularly known by its Kiswahili acronym “CHAVITA” (CHAMA CHA VIZIWI TANZANIA) is a non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to the advancement of Deaf people in the United Republic of Tanzania. It was formed in 1983 and officially registered on September 4th, 1984 with registration No: SO. 6466 under Societies ordinance rules of 1954 of the United Republic of Tanzania and thereafter changes made under CAP.337 and attained Registration number NGO 1878.

CHAVITA was established to address the problems experienced by Deaf people in Tanzania and to improve their life standards.  These problems result in isolation and stigmatisation of Deaf people within their communities, and as a result, they tend to be among the poorest.  Deaf people are more likely to have incomes below the poverty line and have no assets to cushion themselves against shocks, they are more vulnerable socially and economically.  They are more likely to have lower education and poorer health, and to be poorly nourished, they are often outside of social services and social security, segregated, discriminated against and denied the right to use their own language.

We CHAVITA as pressure group ensures the right of deaf people are attained through lobbying and advocacy as formulated in our mission and vision

Our mission

CHAVITA MISSION STATEMENTS

To have a Deaf community with a better standard of life, that builds its capacity, is self-determining, has self-confidence, values and develops itself and participates fully, through Tanzanian Sign Language, in all development activities, economically and socially in co-operation with the Government and various institutions

CHAVITA VISION

‘To see a Tanzanian community that recognises, accepts and co-operates with Deaf people and ensures that they are not afflicted by poverty, injustice, segregation and any kind of discrimination.

Meet The Team

Nidrosy Ngossa Mlawa – National-Chairman

Nidrosy Ngossa Mlawa – National-Chairman: mlawa@chavita.or.tz

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Ms Malise Swila – Vice chairperson

Ms Malise Swila – Vice Chairperson

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Ms Esha Abdallah  Ngonyani– Board Member

Ms Esha Abdallah Ngonyani– Board Member

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Ms. Tusajigwe Patrick Mwalwega – Board Member

Ms. Tusajigwe Patrick Mwalwega – Board Member

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Rev. Enock Gabriel Meyasi– Board Member

Rev. Enock Gabriel Meyasi– Board Member

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Ms Selina Nassoro– Board Member

Ms Selina Nassoro– Board Member

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Mr.  Francis Mbisoo – Board Member

Mr. Francis Mbisoo – Board Member

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ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT PERSONS

DIRECTOR:

Poverty alleviation project Manager: dickson@chavita.or.tz

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Dickson F. Mveyange

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Public Relation Officer:

Poverty alleviation project field officer: msafiri@chavita.or.tz

Mr Msafiri Longford Mhando

Mr Msafiri Longford Mhando

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Gender Development officer

Poverty alleviation project field officer:  lupi@chavita.or.tz

Mrs Lupi Mwaisaka Maswanya

Mrs Lupi Mwaisaka Maswanya

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Sexual Rights and Reproductive health: kongoka@chavita.or.tz

Programme Officer
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Stadius Kongoka

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Department of Finance and Administration

oloo@chavita.or.tz

Mr. Sospeter Makori Oloo

Mr. Sospeter Makori Oloo

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Mr. Nicholaus P. Mpingwa

Mr. Nicholaus P. Mpingwa

Department of Sign Language Development

nicholaus@chavita.or.tz

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