In her home, Eunice helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a teacher.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Eunice participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Art, playing with dolls and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Please remember Eunice in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Eunice lives in the community of Mkuza Kibaha, home to approximately 15,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and plastic sheet roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava, beef, rice and potatoes.
A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Mkuza Kibaha are unemployed but some work in domestic services or as market traders and earn the equivalent of $110 per month. This community needs secondary schools, teachers, a water supply and modern farming technology.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Margareth Mkuza Student Center to provide Eunice with Bible teaching, health education and screenings, life skills training and self-esteem development programs. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Eunice.
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: Northwest of Dar es Salaam