CCMP is a community based participatory development approach aims at building relations between the church and the community so that they can begin to initiate and sustain appropriate development initiatives in their area. The process strongly advocates for the use of indigenous or locally available resources for the development initiatives thus encourage maximization of community’s potential and fight against dependence syndrome. The process initially starts with the empowerment of the church to understand her spiritual and physical mandate for her immediate community. It will be incumbent upon the local church to engage her community so that they can discuss, plan and implement appropriate development which will empower the local community people. Through a series of bible studies and meetings people come to discuss, analyse, gather information and dream dreams for transformation that help them take charge of their situation by undertaking initiatives which would lead them to improve their living standards holistically instead of waiting for external assistance
There are current 8 CCMP trainers under the organisation and 34 first generation facilitators who are facilitating in 34 communities throughout the nation. Over the years the process has begun to incorporate other thematic areas such as disaster risk reduction, Self help approach as well as social accountability. To date the process has been able to reach to over 10000 community members
Through the process the community has managed to gain skills that are fundamental in creating and sustaining their livelihoods. It has to be noted that community members have demonstrated a commitment to building and sustaining loving, equitable and affirming relationships that enable the common good and manage disagreements and conflict constructively. CCMP has also helped individuals to grow spirituality in ways that impact community and society positively. Integration of Self Help groups and PADR has further improved community members hope and attitude about the future. More so, they have been capacitated to be able to handle future shocks, stresses and uncertainties well. Generally people now feel empowered to contribute, together with others, to creating and developing positive community and societal change. CCMP has been able to create a platform for everyone to participate in empowering processes and systems that influence decision-making about the future.
Domboshawa communal lands under chief Chinamhora are located 30km North East of the capital city Harare. The area is famous for its market gardening and it supplies vegetables to the capital city Harare. Many people are finding the area attractive due to its proximity to the capital city and consequently, this has resulted in overcrowding and over population in the area. A majority of houses in the community have not been electrified thus firewood is the main source of fuel. It is common to see people carrying firewood on their heads, bicycle and trucks as firewood apart from being a source of fuel is a source of income or livelihood. The harsh economic environment, high unemployment rate and lack of knowledge and have contributed to the rampant cutting down of trees. The cutting down of trees has increased land degradation and vulnerability to hazards like drought.
Pastor Pathisiwe Dube is one of the CCMP facilitators has graduated to become a CCMP trainer. She is currently training a group of 11 facilitators in Mawabeni community Matabeleland South Province. “Before the advent of CCMP I was a nervous pastor who had resigned to the role of supporting my husband who is the head of denomination” explained Pastor Pathisiwe. She further states that “In 2012 I was shocked when I was informed by our Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe provincial leader that I had to attend CCMP training in Harare. I later realised that the male pastor who was supposed to come had pulled out. I knew that those opportunities were proffered to male pastors”. In her church she had the role of leading the ladies.
Children in Jambezi Nyikanyoro had the option of walking 3.5 km and 4.5km to attend Early Childhood Development (ECD) classes at the nearest school. The road to St Michael Mbizha Primary school which is 3.5 km from the community is very dangerous as there are high chances of being attacked by elephants and lions which roam around in the community. Due to the distance and risk of animal attack a number of school going aged children stayed at home and would go to ECD when they are grownups who can at least walk the distances as well as understand the danger posed by animals.
"Participatory Assessment of Disaster Risk (PADR) training helped our community to unite and consequently we are working together to rehabilitate our dam" - these are the remarks of village head Garamwera. The Gwebo community in Buhera had a dam that was established in the 1990s through a partnership with an International partner but over the years the dam walls developed cracks which has resulted in massive leakage of water away from the dam. More so, due to stream bank cultivation (gardens were less than 30 m away from the dam) the dam has become heavily silted. The siltation greatly reduced the dam surface area as well as it water holding capacity.