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Samson Kaduga Matara  

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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: August 15, 2002
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Center: Shirati Anglican Student Center
  • Child ID: TZ3460177
    • Waiting: 335 days for a sponsor. Urgent need for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Samson lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for gathering firewood, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 5 children in the family.

For fun, Samson enjoys singing, art and playing ball games. He attends church activities, Bible class and choir regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Your love and support will help Samson to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Samson lives on the plains of Shirati, home to approximately 15,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin or thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Luo.

The regional diet consists of maize, fish, cassava and millet. Common health problems in this area include malaria and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Shirati are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs schools and vocational training centers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shirati Anglican Student Center to provide Samson with Bible classes, health screening, educational field trips, sports, hygiene education, picnics, school uniforms and educational materials. The center staff will also provide parenting skills programs, meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Samson.
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: Northeast of Musoma

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