Samweli lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 2 children in the family. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Samweli participates in Bible class, youth group and choir. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and telling stories are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Samweli will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Samweli lives in the hillside community of Maji Ya Chai, home to approximately 150,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Meru and Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, beef and beans. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, stomach ailments, malnutrition and malaria. Most adults in Maji Ya Chai are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $7 per month. This community needs secondary and vocational schools, employment opportunities and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ELCT Maji Ya Chai Student Center to provide Samweli with Bible teaching, health education and screening, recreational activities and scholastic materials. 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: East of Arusha