Building a caring community (BCC) is the program that operates under Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Tanzania, Northern Diocese. BCC works with 8 parishes in Moshi Municipal to provide
service to children and young adults with intellectual disabilities. BCC was founded in 2007 and
currently serves over 200 clients.
BCC provides services in the following aspects: –
- It provides therapy service to BCC clients
- Health service – it ensures that all children and young adults get proper medication and
treatments, include health insurance and annual screening.
- Empower young adults in chicken keeping, gardening, cleaning, handcraft and cleaning.
- It provides life skills education like how to count, read, write, needling and coloring
- It gives knowledge on how to make cards from recycling papers
- It provides inclusive activities with other school like sports and games.
- It provides capacity building to young adults who are above 22 years old
BCC’s vision is that young adults with intellectual disabilities and their families are included and valued as members of their communities, and have access to the same opportunities as their non- disabled community members.
As a ministry of ELCT-ND, BCC’s mission is to provide vocational training, therapy, health care, and education to children and youth with intellectual disabilities to support them living independently. BCC also supports children and youth with intellectual disabilities through providing economic empowerment to their families and raising awareness of disability in the community to reduce stigma.
BCC works closely with different partners to enable the provision of service to children and young
adults with intellectual disabilities.
- MOSAIC organization from the United States of America as funding and programmatic
- Community Action for People with Disability in Africa (CAPDA) from Australia
- Parishes and BCC friends