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Baraka Hamad Msonde  

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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: June 13, 2002
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Center: St. Mark Pandambili Student Center
  • Child ID: TZ3300030
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Baraka lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. At home, duties include buying or selling in the market , caring for animals and washing clothes. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.

Soccer, telling stories and art are Baraka's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

Because of your sponsorship, Baraka will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Baraka lives in the forested community of Pandambili, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Wagogo and the most commonly spoken languages are Kigogo and Kiswahili.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid and cholera. Most adults in Pandambili are unemployed but some work in farming and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, income-generating activities, clean water and health services.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Mark Pandambili Student Center to provide Baraka with Bible teaching, health screening, medical treatment, hygiene education, field trips, recreational activities, picnics, educational materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Baraka.
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 Dodoma

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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Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.