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Why World Vision is in Tanzania
Ongoing political stability in Tanzania has allowed the government to work hard to fight corruption. In 2018, the country’s leadership continued to make efforts to improve public systems for Tanzanians. Despite these gains, Tanzania has seen a decline in democracy and human rights, as well as considerable challenges in overall development. The country faces substantial unemployment rates, which are especially high for young people. About a third of those who are employed are known as the “working poor” — even though they have jobs, they don’t make enough to support their families. Most of the families living in poverty are in rural areas, where they depend on agriculture to sustain them. But farmers often can’t grow enough to feed everyone. Although poverty is falling as a whole in the country, many children still suffer from poor health and not enough to eat. Thanks to the support of our donors, the most vulnerable children are experiencing transformation. To help children grow up stronger, hundreds of groups were formed to teach parents about nutrition. Tens of thousands of households and people gained clean water access and are using better sanitation and hygiene behaviors. Over 10,000 members of community savings groups built up their families’ income. In the areas where we work, nearly every child goes to school. And nearly 10,000 children are reading better, thanks to a literacy program and afterschool reading camps.
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.
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:
Church partnerships to help end child marriage will be successful.
The country to be politically and economically stable so families can have enough income to meet their children’s needs.
News from Tanzania
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.
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