Haruni lives with his relatives. His duties include carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market.
Soccer, walking and bicycling are Haruni's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Please remember Haruni in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Haruni lives in the hillside community of Mbulu, home to approximately 7,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS and malnutrition. Most adults in Mbulu are unemployed but some work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, affordable medical care, schools and small scale business training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ELCT Mbulu Student Center to provide Haruni with Bible teaching, choir, medical checkups, nutritious food, hygiene education, educational field trips, picnics, sports, scholastic materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide committees and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Haruni.
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: Southwest of Arusha