Mariana makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mariana participates in church activities, Bible class and choir. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and art are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Mariana will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mariana lives on the plains of Same, home to approximately 70,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Pare.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin diseases and marasmus (severe malnourishment in infants). Most adults in Same are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs schools, potable water and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Lutheran Same Student Center to provide Mariana with Bible teaching, health instruction, tutoring, recreational activities and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement and health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Mariana.
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 Moshi