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Neema Frank Paulo  

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  • Age: 19
  • Birthday: April 16, 1995
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Center: ELCT Meru Student Center
  • Child ID: TZ2150211
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Neema makes her home with her father and her mother. Gathering firewood, gardening and washing clothes are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.

For fun, Neema enjoys singing, walking and playing ball games. She attends Bible class, youth group and choir regularly and is in vocational training where her performance is average.

Your love and support will help Neema to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Neema lives on the plains of Kilala, home to approximately 150,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Meru and the most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili.

The regional diet consists of maize, green bananas and beans. Common health problems in this area include malaria, amoeba infections, typhoid fever and tapeworms. Most adults in Kilala are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $7 per month. This community needs proper sanitation and secondary schools.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of ELCT Meru Student Center to provide Neema with Bible teaching, medical exams, recreational activities, scholastic materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Neema.
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 Arusha

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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