Abdala lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His duties at home include carrying water, caring for children and caring for animals. There are 4 children in the family. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Abdala enjoys soccer, singing and art. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Abdala in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Abdala lives on the plains of Ndinga Community, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or wood floors; wood or mud walls; and tin or thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Sukuma and Kiwashili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and malnutrition. Most adults in Ndinga Community are unemployed but some work as day laborers, subsistence farmers or in domestic service and earn the equivalent of $56 per month. This community needs schools and micro-credit associations.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of EAGT Ndinga Student Center to provide Abdala with Bible classes, health screenings, medical treatment, hygiene education, educational field trips, sports, picnics, educational materials, school uniforms and choir. The center staff will also provide parenting skills training, meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Abdala.
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: Southeast of Mwanza