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John Peter John  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: March 2, 1997
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Center: Mennonite Iringa Road Student Center
  • Child ID: TZ7010101
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
John lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, washing clothes and making beds. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.

For fun, John enjoys soccer, reading and running. He attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in middle school where his performance is average.

Please remember John in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
John lives on the plains of Kikuyu Iringa Road, home to approximately 66,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Swahili.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and skin diseases. Most adults in Kikuyu Iringa Road are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, secondary schools and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mennonite Iringa Road Student Center to provide John with Bible teaching, medical care, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, tutoring and HIV/AIDS awareness programs. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of John.
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.

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Child's Location: Southeast of Dodoma

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
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