Why World Vision is in Tanzania

Though Tanzania’s economy is one of the fastest-growing in Sub-Saharan Africa, about 12 million people there still live on far less than a dollar per day. Thousands of jobs are being created from a new crude oil pipeline between Uganda and Tanzania, which is expected to bring a long-term boost to the country. Nearly half of the 8 million children under 5 years old in Tanzania don’t grow properly because of poor nutrition. Preventable diseases like malaria still claim many lives because communities don’t sufficiently understand good hygiene and healthcare practices. We’re working to turn knowledge into action. Your support is helping us provide trainings and teachings to fight harmful beliefs and traditions that hold vulnerable people back from thriving. In the places where we work, 99 percent of children are in school, meaning their futures are transformed through education. Savings groups and access to loans are also helping farming families earn better incomes, boosting job opportunities and resources. Together, these efforts mean communities can have enough food to go around and grow out of poverty.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Tanzania

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Community members established savings groups with our help, giving them access to basic financial services and empowering them to provide for their children's school fees and medical costs.
  • We trained farmers on how to increase crop and livestock production through the use of appropriate agricultural techniques so they could provide more food for their families.
  • We helped establish and strengthen child protection teams, trained adults in child protection issues, promoted birth registration, and celebrated child rights through events such as the Day of the African Child, which is an annual event that commemorates children's right to education.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Parents, health workers, and volunteers were trained in nutrition and food preparation for children and pregnant women to combat malnutrition.
  • Health workers were trained on the prevention and treatment of illnesses including malaria, diarrheal diseases, and HIV and AIDS, as well as strategies for effectively educating community members on these issues.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • We trained school management committees and Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) teams to advocate for quality education. CVA is our program that empowers communities with advocacy tools so they can work with local governments to improve education, healthcare, and child protection.
  • To improve the quality of teaching, we worked with teachers to strengthen their teaching skills and their ability to monitor children's reading, writing, and math improvement.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus.

Prayer Requests from Tanzania

World Vision's staff in Tanzania are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Community members applying what they've learned about hygiene and available resources so children don't die of preventable illnesses like malaria.


  • Smooth processes and transition for our new national director.


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Pray for East Africa with us, especially for World Vision’s work in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Let’s lift up the concerns of the families and children of these nations to our heavenly Father and listen to what He has to say to us about them.