Paulina makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Paulina participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Ping pong, singing and telling stories are her favorite activities.
Please remember Paulina in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Paulina lives in the coastal community of Kizuiani, home to approximately 56,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Zaramo and Ndengereko and the most commonly spoken languages are Kiswahili, Ndengereko and Zamaro.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef and rice. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Kizuiani are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community has electricity but needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance, water and playgrounds.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of T.A.G. Kizuiani Student Center to provide Paulina with Bible studies, choir, medical checkups, hygiene education, educational field trips, picnics, sports and games, computer training and tree planting opportunities. The center staff will also provide literacy training and home visits for the parents or guardians of Paulina.
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: South of Dar Es Salaam