In her home, Anna helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Anna enjoys singing, walking and playing ball games. She attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in middle school where her performance is average.
Please remember Anna in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Anna lives in the hills of Mbulu, home to approximately 70,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Iraqw.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea and tuberculosis. Most adults in Mbulu are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs vocational training, schools, technological improvements and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Anslay Church of God Student Center to provide Anna with Bible teaching, medical exams, health instruction, recreational activities, scholastic materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Anna.
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 Arusha