Jesca lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed.
For fun, Jesca enjoys playing house, art and playing with dolls. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Jesca will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jesca lives in the mountainous community of Spillway, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Wanyamwanga and the most commonly spoken languages are Kinyamwanga and Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, rice and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Spillway are unemployed but some work as fishermen or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, secondary schools, improved farming methods and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ELCT Spillway Student Center to provide Jesca with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene education, educational field trips, recreational activities, picnics, educational materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings, HIV/AIDS awareness education programs and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Jesca.
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: Southeast of Moshi