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 in Tanzania were trained on how to help children avoid early marriages, sexual abuse, and child labor, and how to handle cases of possible child abuse or child rights violations. After the training, some community leaders formed child protection teams which monitor and advocate for child protection in their communities.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Community health workers in Tanzania were supported to train parents on nutrition. Farmer training's on producing more nutritious crops, including sweet potatoes, to enhance the availability of nutritious foods for households were also held. Some farmers also received training on fish farming.
  • In Tanzania, logistical support was provided to the government to distribute medicine for de-worming and insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria. Community health workers were also supported to campaign and raise awareness on the importance of immunizations in children under five.

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.

  • To increase access to education In Tanzania and create a comfortable and safe learning environment, learning conditions were improved at schools through the construction of new classrooms and latrines. New desks and chairs were provided for classrooms to enhance learning.
  • In Tanzania, opportunities to improve literacy skills through the Literacy Boost* model were provided. This model trains teachers to keep students engaged and interested in reading books by using games, songs, and stories, and gets communities involved in learning by providing books, supplies, and sponsoring reading camps. *Literacy Boost is a copyrighted tool designed, developed, and owned by Save the Children.

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.


News from Tanzania


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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.