CHAVITA strives to promote awareness and respect for the legal and human rights of Deaf people. This is achieved by sensitising Deaf people themselves, the wider public, institutions and the Government. CHAVITA also endeavours to ensure that legislation and policies, together with their implementation, are favourable for Deaf people.
CHAVITA promotes economic empowerment by linking Deaf people with training and income generation activities provided by CHAVITA and other institutions
Sign Language Development
This programme aims to increase awareness and usage of Tanzanian Sign Language (TSL) amongst Deaf and hearing people. This is achieved through provision of sign language training, co-ordination of an interpretation service, undertaking TSL research and production of the TSL Dictionary and other related materials.
Women and Gender Development
The role of this department is to prioritize and integrate gender issues into all aspects of CHAVITA’s programmes and at the same time to empower and build the skills of Deaf women, through training and income generation projects.
Membership and Public Relations
The responsible department works to develop an effective membership base through the mobilization of Deaf people, ensuring their active participation in developing strategies for solving their problems and advocating for their rights. National and international public relations and CHAVITA publicity materials are also co-coordinated by this department.
At present CHAVITA has seventeen regional branches in Tanzania Mainland located in the following regions respectively; Kagera, Mara, Kigoma, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Tabora, Dodoma, Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya, Ruvuma, Tanga, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Dar es salaam, Mtwara and Coast Region. The association is also in the process of opening two branches in Manyara and Singida. The goal is to extend the services and cover the whole regions of Tanzania Mainland.
CHAVITA is a member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), which is the international organization that unites Deaf Associations together and The Federation of the Disabled Associations (SHIVYAWATA), which carried its Kiswahili acronym “SHIRIKISHO LA VYAMA VYA WATU WENYE ULEMAVU TANZANIA”, which unites Associations of people with Disabilities in Tanzania for the sake of Disability movement in Tanzania.
The social and economic inclusion of deaf people is supported by this department, through such activities as job placement and guidance, counseling, providing a link between Deaf people and audio logical services and ensuring that Deaf children are enrolled in schools.