Nelson lives with his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, washing clothes and running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Nelson enjoys playing with cars, playing ball games and reading. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Nelson will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nelson lives in the community of Matumbi, home to approximately 150,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, rice and vegetables.
A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Matumbi work in domestic service, on plantations or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community needs schools, modern farming technology, water and hospitals.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of EAGT Picha Ya Ndege Student Center to provide Nelson with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene education, sports, educational field trips, picnics, school uniforms and educational materials. The center staff will also provide parenting skills programs and meetings for the parents or guardians of Nelson.
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: Northwest of Dar es Salaam