COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Tanzania

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Tanzania

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

Under its new president, Tanzania has begun to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks are recommended, though the country has yet to begin a vaccination campaign. Tanzania has been in communication with the World Health Organization on vaccines and how to access them, however.

Compassion child development centers are open and holding normal activities. Hygiene kits and multiple hand-washing stations are available at every center. Classrooms and playground equipment are regularly sanitized. Staff members continue to educate children on COVID-19 prevention. Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have been able to distribute nearly 69,000 food packs and 106,000 hygiene kits to families and provide medical support to over 37,500 individuals.

COVID response in Tanzania

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Tanzania?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Tanzania, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Centers in Tanzania have reopened and are holding normal program activities. Staff members carefully clean and sanitize the centers. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 69,000 food packs and 106,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Tanzania

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When Mary and her husband Michael got married, she worked on their farm while he went out to find work. The couple had only a primary school education and struggled to find steady work. Despite their best efforts, the couple could not make enough to provide for their family of four children, and their harvests only provided enough food for two months out of the year.

It wasn’t until her son Apolinari was registered into Compassion's Survival initiative that things started to change. Mary received food, clothes, and her son’s medical bills were paid whenever he got ill. Two months before Apolinari’s second birthday, the first COVID-19 case was reported in Tanzania. Just a few weeks later, Mary and Michael were both out of work. Compassion met with the family and helped them to use their garden skill to plant a large vegetable plot at their home.

“Now, when they visit me, I show them our farm. I had planted pumpkins and cassavas. I knew I could eat the leaves of both plants, but I did not know how to process cassava leaves," said Mary. "They taught me how to. I am glad I will not see my children starving again.”

How can I pray for Tanzania?

Please pray for wisdom for the leaders of Compassion Tanzania as they work to comply with evolving guidelines to keep the children in their care safe and cared for. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Tanzania
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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