Japhet lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 5 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Japhet participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Japhet will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Japhet lives on the plains of Oldonyosambu Community, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, cement or wood floors; mud or brick walls; and tin or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Maasai and Waarusha and the most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and goat. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Oldonyosambu Community are unemployed but some work as animal herders, street vendors or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs vocational training, secondary schools, income-generating activities, electricity and a hospital.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Oldonyowas Student Center to provide Japhet with Bible teaching, health screening, medical treatment, educational field trips, sports, picnics, educational materials, school uniforms and remedial classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and parenting skills for the parents or guardians of Japhet.
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: Northwest of Arusha