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Upendo Amosi Yohana  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: July 12, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Center: PEFA Karanse Student Center
  • Child ID: TZ4510052
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Upendo lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Upendo works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for children. There are 3 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Upendo participates in church activities, Bible class and choir. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and playing house are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Upendo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Upendo lives on the plains of Karanse, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Maasai and Wa Arusha and the most commonly spoken language is Swahili.

The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include malaria, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Karanse are unemployed but some work as day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and alcohol abuse prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of PEFA Karanse Student Center to provide Upendo with Bible teaching, medical exams, hygiene instruction, recreational activities, drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs, tutoring, scholastic materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness seminars and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Upendo.
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: West of Moshi

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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Your support provides:

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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.