Rashidi lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, caring for children and washing clothes. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rashidi participates in church activities, Bible class and camp. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Rashidi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rashidi lives in the hillside community of Arusha Unga LTD, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Chagga and Swahili is the most commonly spoken language.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, beef, vegetables and beans. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases and malaria. Most adults in Arusha Unga LTD are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of PAG Unga LTD Student Center to provide Rashidi with Bible teaching, health screening and education, medical treatment, recreational activities and tutoring. The center staff will also sponsor family events in order to foster better relationships between parents or guardians and their children.
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: Within Arusha