Why World Vision is in Tanzania

Though Tanzania’s economy is growing, approximately 12 million Tanzanians remain trapped in poverty. Most people survive by farming, harvesting just enough food to get by. More than 35 percent of children under 5 have stunted growth due to malnutrition. We are helping Tanzanians move beyond subsistence farming and earn a living for their families. A key part of our approach is giving farmers and entrepreneurs an empowered worldview in which they know they are valued by God and can play a powerful role in their own stories. Equipped by our advocacy training, Tanzanians are looking for new ways to solve problems and create a better future for their children. In 2015 many communities took action, mobilizing their own resources and influencing the local government to make big changes in health, nutrition, and education—changes that will help children for years to come.

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:

  • Rebuilding efforts taking place since the earthquake to ensure that families have safe homes.


  • New businesses that pay for children’s school fees and healthcare.


News from Tanzania


Covering the world in prayer: Pray for East Africa

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.


Building resilient livelihoods and bringing families together

An idea that began in a rice field in Tanzania is today building resilient livelihoods for farmers across five countries in Africa and empowering their families to grow greater together through transformation and forgiveness. See how this innovative program works!