In his home, Elisha helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. 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.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Elisha participates in church activities, Bible class and camp. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, telling stories and walking are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Elisha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Elisha lives in the hills of Sakila, home to approximately 13,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Merus and the most commonly spoken languages are Kimeru and Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Sakila are unemployed but some work as animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs vocational training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of IEC Sakila Student Center to provide Elisha with Bible teaching, medical care, social events, recreational activities, scholastic materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide health education and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Elisha.
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: Northeast of Arusha