Mariam lives with her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mariam 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.
Your love and support will help Mariam to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Mariam lives in the hillside community of Mvumi Mission, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gogo and the most commonly spoken language is Kigogo and Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include skin and eye diseases, malaria, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Mvumi Mission are unemployed but some work as animal herders, day laborers or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, electricity, affordable medical care, vocational training centers and modern agriculture methods training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Anglican St. Peters Mvumi Student Center to provide Mariam with Bible teaching, health screenings, sports and games, scholastic materials, field trips, picnics and health education. The center staff will also provide parents committees and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Mariam.
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: Northeast of Dodoma