History

TYPE OF ORGANIZATION, DATE OF REGISTRATION:
UMABU is an NGO registered in 1993 with registration No SO. 7971 under the ministry of Home Affairs. It deals with social and economic development issues including education, water and sanitation, income generating activities, environmental conservation and HIV/AIDS interventions in the area. Since 1996 it has developed its vision, mission and activities in solving different community problems in the Bukwaya region.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA OF WORK:
UMABU mainly implements development activities in Musoma districts in Tanzania but is currently expanding the geographical and thematical areas to all districts in Mara region and elsewhere in Tanzania.

INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY
UMABU is a grassroots organization, initiated by the community itself. For that matter, at the early stage of the organization, it’s capacity banked on the volunteering spirit of its members. That stage was important because we needed to develop a cadre of committed members whom in the long run were going to sustain the organization. The dream has come alive – we have managed to have such a group, whom are always ready and alert to address any problem which creeps up in the organization. However, we are at the stage now where we need to develop the management capacity so that the organization is capable of meeting the demands of our partners and new challenges as they arise in the developing world. UMABU is now composed of volunteers and employed workers. Furthermore it works with Community Groups that were either formed by UMABU or themselves. UMABU is led by Head Coordinator Father Leo Kazeri who is a Pastor at Nyegina Catholic Parish and has five full time workers including a Water and Sanitation Engineer, an Administration and Financial Officer, an Education Officer, a Sports and Games Officer and a Secretary/Office Attendant.

MAIN SOURCES OF FUNDING:
Terre des Hommes, Aid Link, Bukwaya Community, UNICEF and CARE Tanzania. UMABU implements projects in collaboration with all levels of government from village to district/council level.

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