Venancia lives with her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Venancia participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Telling stories, playing house and art are her favorite activities.
Please remember Venancia in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Venancia lives in the mountainous community of Katubuka Community, home to approximately 24,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud walls and tin or thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, cassava and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid. Most adults in Katubuka Community are unemployed but some work as animal herders, fishermen, street vendors or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, secondary schools, income-generating activities and tap water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Anglican Katubuka Student Center to provide Venancia with Bible teaching, health screenings, medical treatment, educational field trips, sports, picnics, educational materials and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings and parenting skills programs for the parents or guardians of Venancia.
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: East of Kigoma Municipal