Rashidi lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Rashidi works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Rashidi enjoys soccer, singing and walking. He attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in vocational training where his performance is average.
Please remember Rashidi in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Rashidi lives on the plains of Magugu, home to approximately 32,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Wambugwe and Wabargaig and the most commonly spoken language is Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, diarrhea and malaria. Most adults in Magugu are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs schools, clean drinking water, modern farming education, vocational training centers and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Church of God Magugu Student Center to provide Rashidi with Bible teaching, health screenings, social events, indoor and outdoor games, community service opportunities, school fees and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Rashidi.
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: West of Arusha