In his home, Rashidi helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rashidi participates in Bible class, youth group and choir. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, volleyball and singing are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Rashidi to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Rashidi lives in the hills of Qedang'onyi, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Barbaig and Iraqw.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever and rheumatism. Most adults in Qedang'onyi are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, potable water and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of FPCT Katesh Student Center to provide Rashidi with Bible teaching, medical care, hygiene education, field trips, social events, recreational activities, scholastic materials, uniforms and delinquency prevention programs. The center staff will also provide meetings and 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.
Map of Tanzania
Child's Location: Southwest of Arusha