Farida lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. Farida works at home carrying water, teaching others and sewing. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Farida participates in Bible class, choir and camp. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Ping pong, singing and telling stories are her favorite activities.
Please remember Farida in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Farida lives on the plains of Mazimbu, home to approximately 16,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Luguru and the most commonly spoken languages are Luguru and Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, cholera, typhoid and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Mazimbu are unemployed but some work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs education on how to improve vegetable gardening.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of TAG Mazimbu Student Center to provide Farida with Bible teaching, health screenings, medical treatment, personal hygiene education, field trips, recreational activities, school supplies and uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings and HIV/AIDS awareness classes for the parents or guardians of Farida.
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: West of Morogoro