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Barke Mbaraka Abedi  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: May 3, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Center: TAG Mpwapwa Student Center
  • Child ID: TZ1350261
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Barke lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Barke works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 3 children in the family.

Playing a musical instrument, rolling a hoop and ping pong are Barke's favorite activities. In middle school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and choir.

Please remember Barke in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Barke lives on the plains of Mpwapwa, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Wagogo and the most commonly spoken languages are Kigogo and Kiswahili.

The regional diet consists of maize, cassava, rice and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Mpwapwa are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, secondary schools and recreation facilities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of TAG Mpwapwa Student Center to provide Barke with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene education, educational field trips, sports, picnics, educational materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings, opportunities for project involvement and HIV/AIDS awareness education programs for the parents or guardians of Barke.
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.

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Child's Location: East of Dodoma

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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