WANAWAKE WAKATOKI TANZANIA
WAWATA (Wanawake Wakatokiki Tanzania) is an organization
of the Catholic women in Tanzania. It is a branch of WUCWO
(The World Union of Catholic Women Organization) which is run under the
rules and regulations applicable to the Catholic Church in Tanzania under
T.E.C (Tanzania Episcal
Conference) with the Motto: kwa Upendo wa Kristu, Tutumikie
na kuwajibika (serving in the love of Christ) used by WAWATA
as a greeting word, This organization official started operating in Tanga
Diocese in 1974 under the leadership of the Late Fr. Gerald Chilambo the
Director of Lay Apostolate by then. The
first Chairperson was Mama Eva Mpangala and Mama Emmy Mapunda was the
Leadership WAWATA serves within the Lay
Apostolate Directorate at all levels answerable to the Bishop who
is the head of the Diocese. The Executive Committee of five members at
any level from the small Christian community to the Diocesan level is
elected after three years but it can be re elected. One leader can remain
in service holding same pos for only nine years.
At the Diocesan level we have had 5 Chairpersons since
1974-Mama Eva Mpangala, Mama Fortunata Oiso, Mama Flora Shayo, Mama Blandina
Idama and Mama Theodora Mtejeta who is the present WAWATA National Chairperson.
LEVELS OF WAWATA/the
The Present Diocesan Executive Committee.
Mama Theodora Mtejeta - Chairperson from St
Mama Blandina Idama - Vice Chairperson St.
Mama Modesta Kijazi - Secretary St. Theresa Parish
Mama Particia Kifanga - Vice Secretary St.
Mama Agnes Kessy - Treasurer St. Anthony
WAWATA Executive Committee at the National Level.
Mrs Theodora Mtejeta - Chairperson from Tanga
Mrs Josephene Michese - Vice Chairperson from Sumbawanga Diocese
Mrs Oliva Luena - Secretary from Dar es Salaaam Diocese
Mrs Zipora Lion - Vice Secretary from Shinyanga Diocese
Mrs Elizabeth Twisa - Treasurer from Dar es Salaam Diocese.
(OBJECTIVES OF WAWATA (These are National)
(a) WAWATA is a unifying body of all catholic women in
Tanzania for the promotion of their contribution and participation towards
their developments, the church and society, enabling them to meet the
challenges of the changing world. Environment for which their contribution
to the development of the world’s betterment is essential.
(b) WAWATA enhances the women’s role in the Church
and society to become creative and innovative, to discover new opportunities
which will also enhance commitment to the communities. Working for sharing
and caring so that we have loving families in the communities in Tanzania.
(c) WAWATA promotes the teaching of the Church to achieve
individual and collective spiritual formation and development to uphold
and defend Christian education/teaching and values in the modern changing
(d) Working closely with all institutions involved in the Spiritual formation
and evangelization through Small Christian Communities, Promotion of social
economic empowerment and development to emancipate women from oppression
to enable them attains equal rights and opportunities in decision making.
2. SPECIFIC AIMS OF WAWATA.
• To unite and support Catholic women in the country as Christian
women and citizens who have joined various groups to develop the church
and the society/community.
• To mobilize such women to enable them collaborate with all other
denominations in building good Christian families all over the country.
• To encourage Catholic women in their struggle to bring their socio-economic
Development, at the same time recognizing their role and position in the
church to enable them fulfill their responsibilities, as the Church requires
• To empower Catholic women participate fully in all activities
of Tanzania Laity Council, Lay Association and Organizations from small
Christian communities, Parish, Diocese up to the national and International
• To mobilize all Tanzanian Catholic Women to enable them participate
in various developments and join with the World Catholic Women in fostering
the moral teaching and the ethics of Catholic Church.
• To educate and mobilize WAWATA, to enable them
participate fully with all Tanzanian women, in bringing social justice
in society. Women are also mobilized to join various women groups and
organizations in the country, which share the values and norms of the
• As Members of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations
WAWATA works with all the Catholic Women in the World
to bring Equality, Development and Peace.
• To enable Tanzanian Catholic Women be represented at various forums
of WAWATA, the church and laity council.
(a) WAWATA is for all women baptized in the Catholic
Church. Baptism in the Catholic Church qualifies a woman as a Catholic
All women in the Catholic Church are WAWATA. Not forgetting
that in any society or organization, we have dormant and the forefront
ones. WE have about_________ Catholic women in Tanga
Diocese excluding Children. With an average of 60 active members in
each parish which gives us about 1800 active members in the Diocese.
4. SERVICES AT DIOCESAN LEVEL.
- Meetings: Members of the executive committee
at the Diocese met once every month the 3rd Saturday of the month –
Other meetings at all levels are held as the constitution directs.
- Seminars: Seminars organized by the Executive
committee are held at zones once every three months we have three zones
Korogwe, Lushoto and Tanga.
- Care of the Need – This is well performed
at parishes and outstations as well as at the SCC they organize themselves
to give hand to the Needy. They visit hospitals, children centers, orphanages,
old homes or individuals offering them food, clothes, money or attend
them with any service they can afford.
- Service in Church
WAWATA are at the fore front; some are full participators
in choirs, other read the epistles (Masomo) during Mass celebration some
members in other catholic Associations. E.g. Regio Marie, Karismatic,
Secret Heart of Jesus, Shauri Jema and WAWATA are a care
taker and supporter of the Holy Child Hood society.
- Supporting Soni Seminary:
- We are obliged to support or Junior Seminar. Each Parish has to pay
a visit Soni Seminary and give either
financial or material support.
WAWATA are very active at all church. Festivals and celebrations
at all levels. The remarkable one, is during the last week of September
celebrating our Patrons Day” Our Lady of Perpetual Help/Bikira Maria
Msaada wa Wakristo. Before the last Sunday “The Pick” At all
leves WAWATA organize and hold on activites can be spiritual
physical. The carry on retreats. Prayer Days-Ngoma dances and even gives
support to the need.
The Loan credit scheme: WASMEP
WASMEP (WAWATA Small Micro Entrepreneurs
Project). It is one of the WAWATA Credit Schemes for
economic Empowerment and poverty alleviation. It gives financial support
as loans to women to enable them carry out small profitable micro entrepreneurial
activities to ensure family support and raise their standard of living
To help all Catholic women in Tanzania become active WAWATA
in the implementation of our objectives and aims so as to purify one self
and helping others to purification in order to attain the Kingdom of God.
This can be more achieved by the support of evangelical of Education support
from the entire Catholic Church in Tanzania.
KWA UPENDO WA KRISTO TUTUMIKE NA KUKWAJIBIKA}
The Love of Christ.