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Christina Elia Chilendu  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: January 15, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Center: Longido Baptist Student Center
  • Child ID: TZ5050174
    • Waiting: 212 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Christina lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include gathering firewood, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a church worker.

For fun, Christina enjoys singing, art and walking. She attends church activities, Bible class and choir regularly and is in middle school where her performance is average.

Because of your sponsorship, Christina will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Christina lives on the plains of Longido, home to approximately 74,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Maasai and the most commonly spoken languages are Maasai and Swahili.

The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, malaria and eye diseases. Most adults in Longido are unemployed but some work as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $6 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, vocational training centers and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Longido Baptist Student Center to provide Christina with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical treatment, recreational activities and schooling. The center staff will also provide educational workshops and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Christina.
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: Northwest of Arusha

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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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