Editha lives with her stepfather and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 2 children in the family. Her stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Editha enjoys volleyball, singing and walking. She attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in middle school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Editha to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Editha lives in the hills of Mbulu, home to approximately 71,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Iraqw.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, bilharzias (tropical disease), coughs and tuberculosis. Most adults in Mbulu are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, pollution controls, employment opportunities and potable water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gethseman Mission Temple Student Center to provide Editha with Bible teaching, medical exams, health instruction, recreational activities and tutoring. The center staff will also sponsor family events in order to foster better relationships between parents or guardians and their children.
Tanzania, formed in 1964 when Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged, is East Africa's largest country. Tanzania displays great diversity, including a low-lying coastal belt, a highland plateau populated by rich wildlife reserves and the island of Zanzibar, a former spice center. It is also home to Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. The climate ranges from tropical to nearly temperate in the highlands.
Little is known about the earliest history of Tanzania. Few artifacts before the Christian era have been found. Tanzania's vast resources have helped create industries in tobacco, sugar, diamond and gold mining, cement and tourism. Yet Tanzania remains one of the poorest countries in the world. The economy depends heavily on agriculture, which provides 85 percent of exports and employs 80 percent of the work force. But topography and climatic conditions, however, limit cultivated crops to only four percent of the land area. Swahili and English are the official languages for Tanzania's 130 ethnic groups. About one third are Christian and one third are Muslim. It's estimated that nearly 1 million people, or six percent of adults in Tanzania, have HIV/AIDS. Nearly 100 percent of the country's population is native African. Compassion works in 12 of the country's 21 zones.
European explorers, including the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, penetrated the country in the mid-nineteenth century and it was colonized by Germany and later Great Britain, from which it gained freedom in 1961. From independence in 1961 until the mid-1980s, Tanzania was a one-party state with a socialist model of economic development. Beginning in the mid-1980s, under the administration of President Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Tanzania undertook a number of political and economic reforms. Two parliamentary by-elections in early 1994 were the first-ever multiparty elections in Tanzanian history.
Map of Tanzania
Child's Location: Southwest of Arusha