COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Tanzania

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Tanzania

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

The government of Tanzania is no longer reporting about cases of COVID-19, though they are still testing people who are exhibiting symptoms and treating those who test positive. Given the presumed ongoing community transmission in Dar es Salaam and other locations, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains high. Schools reopened after three months of closure, making Tanzania the first country in East Africa to allow students to return to school. There is a risk of health care facilities becoming quickly overwhelmed due to COVID-19, and limited hospital capacity throughout the country could result in dangerous delays for emergency care.

Group meetings and activities at all Compassion child development centers are on hold. Partner churches continue to provide medical attention and child protection to beneficiaries and families as needed. Staff members have been able to distribute 35,356 food packs and 72,967 hygiene kits to families and provide medical support to 3,754 individuals. Some have been able to conduct home visits while carefully maintaining social distancing.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Tanzania’s National Director

Hear from Mary Lema, National Director of Compassion Tanzania, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Tanzania.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Tanzania are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 35,356 food packs and 72,967 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

While program activities at Compassion child development centers have temporarily ceased in order to safeguard the lives of the children, a center in Majengo continues a special project to meet the needs of the children and families registered there.

The center's soap-making initiative, run by mothers in the Survival Program, is being used to distribute soap to families in the Child Sponsorship Program. Staff members visit the children in their homes to educate them about preventing the virus through hand-washing and provide them with soap.

“Most of the kids registered at the center come from families that make around $2.59 a day,” says Cyrus Nkilijiwa, project coordinator. “Budgeting that money for rent and food is almost impossible. So, through our soap-making project, which is run by mothers in the Survival Program, we decided to help parents by giving them five liters of soap, just to offer another means of protecting themselves from COVID-19.”

At a time when soap is saving lives, the center is working on getting a permit so they can sell their product to the surrounding community, helping to protect them as well.

How can I pray for Tanzania?

This month, will you join us in praying for the medical system in Tanzania, which is becoming increasingly burdened in this season, and for those who have had to delay lifesaving medical care? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Tanzania
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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