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Obed Festo Msaga  

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  • Age: 4
  • Birthday: August 2, 2010
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Center: Baptist Mwanga Student Center
  • Child ID: TZ5090058
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Obed makes his home with his father and his mother. Helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Obed participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Hide-and-seek and playing group games are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Obed to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Obed lives in the mountainous community of Mwanga Community, home to approximately 40,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud walls and tin 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 Mwanga 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 and income-generating activities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baptist Mwanga Student Center to provide Obed with Bible teaching, health screenings, medical treatment, educational field trips, sports, picnics, educational materials and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings, parenting skils programs for the parents or guardians of Obed.
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: Kigoma Municipal

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 tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

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.