Jastine lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Jastine works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Jastine enjoys soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Please remember Jastine in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jastine lives on the plains of Ndala Community, home to approximately 192,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, cement, wood or grass floors; adobe or brick walls; and tin or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Sukuma and the most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice, potatoes and goat. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Ndala Community are unemployed but some work as animal herders, street vendors or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, secondary schools and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of EAGT Ndala Student Center to provide Jastine with Bible teaching, health screenings, medical treatment, educational field trips, picnics, sports, educational materials, school uniforms and remedial classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and parenting skills programs for the parents or guardians of Jastine.
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: Southwest of Shinyanga