Shukuran makes his home with his mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for children are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Shukuran participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars, telling stories and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Shukuran in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Shukuran lives on the plains of Songambele Village, home to approximately 249,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gogo and the most commonly spoken languages are Gogo, Swahili and Bena.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, potatoes and wheat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, HIV/AIDS and typhoid fever. Most adults are in Songambele Village are unemployed but some work as animal herders or farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, secondary schools and health care services.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Mark Anglican Songambele Student Center to provide Shukuran with Bible teaching, medical checkups, field trips, sports, picnics, educational materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness education, meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Shukuran.
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