Kitang'ita makes his home with his grandfather and his grandmother. Caring for children, caring for animals and washing clothes are his household duties. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kitang'ita participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Telling stories and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Kitang'ita in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Kitang'ita lives on the plains of Saranga, home to approximately 2,058,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cardboard floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Sukuma, Jita, Ikizu, Kurya and Zanaki.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and malnutrition. Most adults in Saranga are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs more educational institutions and a hospital.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Peter's Anglican Student Center to provide Kitang'ita with Bible classes, health screening, hygiene education, sports, picnics, educational materials, school uniforms and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement, meetings and parenting skills programs for the parents or guardians of Kitang'ita.
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: South of Musoma