In her home, Salimu helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and helping in the kitchen. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Salimu participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Jumping rope, playing ball games and reading are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Salimu will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Salimu lives on the plains of Magugu, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problem in this area include parasites, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS and malaria. Most adults in Magugu are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs modern farming technology, vocational training centers and potable water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of PAG Magugu Student Center to provide Salimu with Bible teaching, medical care, health instruction, social events, recreational activities, opportunities for community service, skills training and tutoring. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Salimu.
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: West of Arusha