In her home, Nasemba helps by carrying water, gardening and washing clothes. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
Singing, art and jumping rope are Nasemba's favorite activities. In middle school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Nasemba will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nasemba lives on the plains of Same, home to approximately 71,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Pare and the most commonly spoken language is Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, HIV/AIDS and marasmus (severe malnourishment in infants). Most adults in Same are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. The community needs primary schools and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of KLPU Same Student Center to provide Nasemba with Bible teaching, medical exams, progress monitoring, tutoring, recreational activities and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement and health education for the parents or guardians of Nasemba.
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: East of Moshi