Japhari makes his home with his mother. Helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
Art, playing ball games and hide-and-seek are Japhari's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Your love and support will help Japhari to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Japhari 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 Japhari 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 Japhari.
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