Samwel lives with his grandmother. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for children and washing clothes. His grandmother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
Telling stories, art and bicycling are Samwel's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Samwel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Samwel lives in the mountainous community of Mianzini, home to approximately 500,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Waarusha, Wachagga and Meru. The most commonly spoken language is Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Mianzini are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs alcohol rehabilitation programs, vocational schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Moravian Church Arusha Student Center to provide Samwel with Bible teaching, medical exams, hygiene instruction, recreational activities, tutoring, uniforms and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness seminars for the parents or guardians of Samwel.
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: North of Arusha Municipality