Mselem lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Mselem works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and helping in the kitchen.
For fun, Mselem enjoys soccer, art and playing ball games. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Mselem will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mselem lives on the plains of Mpwapwa, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, adobe or brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Wagogo and the most commonly spoken language is Kigogo and Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, cassava, rice and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Mpwapwa are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs vocational training, secondary schools and income generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Paul's Mpwapwa Student Center to provide Mselem with Bible teaching, picnics, health screening, educational materials, hygiene education, recreational activities, field trips, 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 Mselem.
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 Dodoma