In his home, Augustino helps by carrying water, making beds and running errands. He lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Augustino participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Basketball, playing with cars and art are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Augustino to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Augustino lives on the plains of Ng'ambo, home to approximately 17,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud or brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Nyamwezi and the most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid. Most adults in Ng'ambo are unemployed but some work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $13 per month. This community needs educational institutions, a water supply and farming implements.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Moravian Moria Student Center to provide Augustino with Bible teaching, health screening, educational field trips, hygiene education, picnics, recreational activities, uniforms and educational materials. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness education, parents meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Augustino.
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: South of Tabora