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Bordered by eight countries, Tanzania sits on the eastern coast of Africa. The country’s three islands — Mafia, Zanzibar, and Pemba — lie to the east in the Indian Ocean.
Tanzania’s economy is highly dependent upon agriculture, but only a little more than 4 percent of the land is arable. Over 35 percent of people live below the poverty line, and the World Food Program estimates that about 40 percent live in chronic food-deficit areas.
Most girls of primary school age do not attend school, contributing to high illiteracy rates among Tanzanian women.
Disease and poor sanitation threaten the health of Tanzanians. Only about half of the population has access to clean water.
More than 1.4 million Tanzanians live with HIV and AIDS, and almost 1 million children have lost one or both parents to the disease.
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Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2012.
Conducted training sessions for students and teachers on child rights, working to improve children's well-being and girls' access to education.
Trained and equipped village savings and credit groups, enabling them to help families increase their household incomes.
Trained primary school teachers on improved teaching methods, enhancing the quality of education for students.
Provided books and desks to schools to improve learning environments.
Worked with school committees, administrators, and community members on ways to more effectively manage local schools.
Raised community awareness on the importance of education for all children.
Helped young people access vocational training, teaching them skills to earn an income.
Trained farmers on improved farming methods, livestock management, food preservation, and storage practices to help improve food security for families.
Educated students and adults on HIV and AIDS prevention, and trained youth to be peer educators to share the knowledge with others.
Trained mothers on age-appropriate infant and child feeding practices to help reduce malnutrition.
Worked to prevent and treat malaria by holding community awareness campaigns.
Trained health workers and educated students on personal hygiene and water safety practices to help reduce the prevalence of waterborne diseases.
World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Tanzania to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 22,600 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Tanzania. Highlights include:
World Vision’s involvement in Tanzania dates back to 1970 with a pastors conference and feeding programs; an office opened in 1981. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments have included:
Geography and people
Bordered by eight countries, Tanzania sits on the eastern coast of Africa. The country’s three islands—Mafia, Zanzibar, and Pemba—lie to the east in the Indian Ocean. Three large lakes border Tanzania, and Tanzania’s northern area contains Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa.
The climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate in the highlands. Natural resources include hydropower, natural gas, iron ore, tin, nickel, phosphates, coal, diamonds, gemstones, and gold.
Almost all of Tanzania’s population is of Bantu origin, representing more than 130 tribes. Swahili and English are the country’s official languages; Tanzanians often use English in commerce, administration, and higher education.
Tanzanians usually live with their extended families in huts that are clustered together. The majority of the population lives in rural areas. Many Tanzanians are small-scale farmers growing only enough food to feed their families.
After gaining independence from Britain in the 1960s, the colony of Tanganyika and the island of Zanzibar joined to become the country of Tanzania in 1964.
One-party rule began in the 1970s; democratic elections did not resume until 1995.
In 1998, the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam was bombed by terrorists, killing 11 Tanzanians and injuring 85 others. Seven years later, Jakaya Kikwete was elected president of the country, enacting much-needed reform. Despite recent debate over election results, Tanzania continues to hold democratic elections.