Elia lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 6 children in the family.
For fun, Elia enjoys soccer, playing with cars and singing. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Elia in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Elia lives in the hills of Lumala Community, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, wood or grass floors, earthen walls and tin or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Kisukuma and the most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, beef, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea and typhoid. Most adults in Lamala Community are unemployed, but some work in domestic service, as day laborers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs primary and secondary schools, vocational training centers, small-business capital, qualified teachers and the word of Jesus Christ.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eagt Lumala Student Centre to provide Elia with Bible teaching, medical care, hygiene education, recreational activities, field trips, scholastic materials and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide parenting programs and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Elia.
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 Mwanza City