In his home, Benson helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with cars and singing are Benson's favorite activities. In vocational training his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Benson will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Benson lives in the hills of Kikatiti, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Meru, Maasai and Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, beef and beans. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, stomach ailments and malaria. Most adults in Kikatiti are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $7 per month. This community needs potable water, employment opportunities and vocational schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ELCT - Kikatiti Student Center to provide Benson with Bible teaching, medical care, 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