Grace lives with her aunt. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. Her aunt is sometimes employed.
For fun, Grace enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Grace will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Grace lives in the coastal community of Mbae, home to approximately 25,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; mud, brick or grass walls; and tin or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Kimakonde and the most commonly spoken language is Kiswahilil.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava and rice. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Mbae are unemployed but some work as day laborers, fishermen or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $56 per month. This community needs secondary schools, teachers, roads, water and electricity.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Moravian Mtwara Student Center to provide Grace with Bible lessons, choir, health screenings, medical treatment, games and sports, uniforms, school supplies and hygiene education. The center staff will also provide parenting skills training and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Grace.
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: Southwest of Mtwara