Working Through the Local Church
Compassion and local churches partner together to rescue children from poverty. Because of its resources, cultural expertise and local knowledge, the church is in a unique and vital position to put in place Compassion’s holistic child development curriculum. Such curriculum focuses on children’s spiritual, physical, cognitive and emotional needs. Teachers use games, music, drama and other methods to share the gospel with children who are eager to learn about Christ’s life and love for them. Children also learn about hygiene, nutrition, leadership and other crucial lessons that they share with their parents at home. Such interaction improves communication in families. An adult-oriented curriculum that will equip caregivers with vital parenting skills has also been proposed.
How Compassion Works in Tanzania
Compassion’s work in Tanzania began in 1999. Currently, more than 63,500 children participate in more than 230 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Tanzanian children with a long-term program of physical, educational, social and spiritual development. Through this partnership between Compassion and local churches, children in need have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and fulfill their potential in Christ.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
The Partnership Facilitator is the key link between Compassion and the local church. The facilitator shares Compassion’s vision with church partners and oversees its implementation at centers. Partnership Facilitator Godbless Mwanga, for example, strives to ensure a respectful and trusting relationship between the church and families so that all involved are blessed.
Godbless must travel 12 to 14 hours by bus, motorcycle taxi or car to reach some of the 12 centers he oversees, but he is passionate about children and eager to work to further Compassion’s mission. He frequently interacts with students, pastors and child-care workers to organize training, activities and meetings, as well as to solve various types of communication problems.