Arusha

Arusha

Arusha and northern Tanzania has a rich cultural heritage with many luxury hotels surrounding the most popular state parks in the region, thousands of tourists each year come to Arusha to admire the beautiful landscapes and national parks - especially Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater.


Arusha is the largest city in northern Tanzania with much of the population living in crowded squatter communities. Arusha is primarily occupied by the Maasai people; much of the population that lives here sell jewelry and fabric to tourists in the crowded city markets, and retreat to one-room homes and desperate poverty each night. Families in Arusha and surrounding communities struggle to live on as little as 20 cents per day.

Tanzania

Northern Region

  • Urban slums in northern Tanzania are a sharp contrast to the safe, clean Compassion centers that children attend on Saturdays Urban slums in northern Tanzania are a sharp contrast to the safe, clean Compassion centers that children attend on Saturdays
  • Compassion has provided these caregivers with simple home water filters, helping ensure that the water they and their children consume is safe. Compassion has provided these caregivers with simple home water filters, helping ensure that the water they and their children consume is safe.
  • Compassion-assisted children have opportunities to develop their creativity and talents, and grow physically strong as well. Compassion-assisted children have opportunities to develop their creativity and talents, and grow physically strong as well.
  • Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand. Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand.
  • This little girl has been blessed with a visit from her sponsor's family. Sharing letters has built a relationship of trust and care. This little girl has been blessed with a visit from her sponsor's family. Sharing letters has built a relationship of trust and care.
  • In northern Tanzania's plains, water is scarce. This woman has loaded up her donkeys with water jugs to make a long journey to the nearest water source. In northern Tanzania's plains, water is scarce. This woman has loaded up her donkeys with water jugs to make a long journey to the nearest water source.
  • Compassion's ministry in northern Tanzania also serves rural areas where the colorful and proud Maasai people live. Compassion's ministry in northern Tanzania also serves rural areas where the colorful and proud Maasai people live.
 
TANZANIA OVERVIEW

Population

49,639,138

Religion

Christian

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Northern Tanzania Tanzania Overview
  • The children Compassion serves here live primarily in urban slums, where they typically live in one or two small, rented rooms with their large families.
  • There are no basic services like clean water, drainage systems or open spaces for children to play.
  • Most parents are unemployed or depend on temporary, menial day-labor jobs. Some engage in petty businesses selling vegetables and fruits.
  • In general, families make less than U.S.$2 per day, which is not enough to meet their basic needs.
  • Few families can even afford to feed their children three meals a day.
  • Children in the slums are also exposed to health hazards, especially malaria and waterborne diseases like dysentery and intestinal parasites.
  • Children lack adequate adult protection and supervision, since their parents spend most of the day away from home, leaving little ones to fend for themselves.
COMMUNITY
Tanzania Community
Issues and Concerns
  • The HIV and AIDS pandemic is still claiming the lives of parents and guardians in this region, leaving more and more children orphaned and with no financial support.
  • This situation has also led to an increase in street children, and an estimated 7,000 children live on the streets of Arusha.
  • Arusha is also dealing with increasing crime rates. The city is growing at a rate faster than the police can keep up with.
  • Drug abuse and alcoholism from larger neighboring cities have spilled over into Arusha.
Local Needs and Challenges

Inflation

Food prices have doubled in recent years.

Lack of clean water

With the city’s rapidly expanding population, access to potable water is an increasing challenge.

Inadequate housing

Lacking adequate sanitation, electricity or running water, slum housing is squalid.

Violent crime

This is a rampant, growing problem in the city.

Poor education

Schools are overcrowded and undersupplied.

HIV and AIDS

This deadly infection continues to take a toll on poor families, leaving many children orphaned and homeless.

EDUCATION
Tanzania education
Schools and Education
  • Arusha has a number of government and private primary schools. The government requires all children to attend primary school.
  • However, the region’s secondary schools lack enough room for all of its children, and the area severely lacks qualified teachers.
  • In some of the poorest areas of northern Tanzania, up to 60 percent of children will never attend school.
  • Only 30 percent of those who begin school will graduate, and this lack of education severely limits job opportunities – as evidenced by a 90 percent unemployment rate in the slums of Arusha.

Compassion Tanzania works to ensure that every registered child is able to attend school, and we provide additional support, including tutoring, at the child development centers.

At the Compassion Child Development Center

Northern Tanzania child development centers are a place of safety and security for registered children.

While their parents spend their days harvesting and selling in the market, Compassion-assisted children attend health classes, tutoring sessions and Bible studies at the center.

They also feel the love of a sponsor who cares for their daily physical needs.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing help and hope to northern Tanzania’s children in need, providing:  

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • learning activities based on Compassion’s curriculum of holistic child development
  • training for older children in such income-generating skills as tailoring, embroidery, gardening and animal or crop husbandry
  • extra tutoring and encouragement to ensure that children stay in school and excel in their studies
  • the opportunity for children to learn the Word of God and pray together. Some did not know how to pray before, but they have learned how at the center and now they regularly pray at home, especially before meals and at bedtime.