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Jambo / Hello from Tanzania

Language: Swahili

With Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti beckoning, tourists flock to Tanzania. Tourists may be unaware of the HIV/AIDS crisis or prevalence of child marriage. Compassion-assisted children experience these realities daily. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.

Tanzania Stats

POPULATION: 63,852,892
63.1% Christian
34.1% Muslim
1.1% Folk religion




Kids smile holding up a Bible

A group of children smile while holding a Bible.

A group of students play basketball

Students play with a basketball at their child development center.

A boy sits near water next to a boat

A boy sits on the boat his family received as a gift from his Compassion sponsors.

Children in unifroms run out of their center smiling

A group of children joyfully run while holding Bibles.

A boy looks out of his front door and smiles

A boy smiles and stands in the doorway of his home.

A mother lovingly kisses her newborn baby

A mother lovingly kisses her newborn baby.

A group of boys wear hats while learning vocational skills at their child development center

A group of boys wear hats while learning vocational skills at their child development center.

Children laugh while playing in water

Teenage students smile and laugh with water splashing around them.

Three students sit at a desk outside

Three girls sit together at a desk in a grassy field.

Three children smile and stand in front of a tree

Three children smile and stand in front of a tree.



  1. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.
  2. The Serengeti National Park hosts the incredible wildebeest migration.
  3. Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, teeming with diverse wildlife.
  4. Zanzibar offers stunning beaches and vibrant coral reefs.
  5. Tanzania is rich in indigenous tribes, such as the Maasai people, with unique cultures and traditions.


Issue: Child marriages occur often in Tanzania. Nearly two out of five girls in Tanzania are married before they turn 18. In some rural areas, children get married as young as 11 years old.

Response: Compassion advocates for vulnerable young girls by offering a safe place for connection, community and mentoring at the center. Staff members also provide home visits and educate parents about how vital it is for girls to receive a complete education.

Prayer Point: Pray that communities will abandon the practice of early and family-arranged marriages so girls can pursue their education, careers and poverty-free futures.

Four Tanzanian girls standing together wearing green uniform sweaters

Compassion provides a safe place with educational support for vulnerable children.


Visit the Compassion blog to learn more about our work in Tanzania.

Did You Know?

Tanzania is home to the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain’s summit is at 19,421 feet. That’s almost 5,000 feet taller than Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States!

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Life in Tanzania

Tanzania Fast Facts

Official Name: United Republic of Tanzania

Form of Government: Presidential republic

Capital: Dodoma

Population: 58,552,845

Official Languages: Kiswahili or Swahili, English

Currency: Tanzanian shilling

Area: 365,755 square miles (947,300 square kilometers)

Compassion has been working in Tanzania since 1999. These Tanzania facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how child sponsorship through Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a problem in the country of Tanzania but with your support, Compassion is working to change this. The Tanzania facts tell a difficult story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of the difficulties. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don't let the hopelessness of poverty overwhelm you. Sponsor a child in Tanzania!