Compassion Tanzania is growing quickly to reach out to a constantly growing number of Tanzanian children living in poverty. We strive to illustrate God's love for them and provide them with numerous opportunities they might not have otherwise.
Compassion Tanzania began registering children into its centers in July 1999. Currently, more than 72,100 children are assisted at more than 305 church-based child development centers
Population: 36,8 millions
Life expectancy: Male 44 years, Female 46 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 9,8%
People with HIV/AIDS: 1.600.000 (4,31%)
Drinking water sources: 68%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 90%
Literacy rate: Male 86%, Female 71%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 36%
Compassion International Tanzania was registered as a nongovernmental Christian organization on Dec. 11, 1999, and officially opened in April 1999 in the Arusha region, where the country office is located.
The first partnership meeting with church leaders was held in April 1999, and on June 30, 1999, the Child Sponsorship Program started in five church partners within Arusha town.
The program day is on Saturday for all church partners. Children typically meet at the child development center. Special talent groups and other programs (e.g., sports, choir, etc.) are conducted after school hours during the week. Older students and finalists in primary, secondary schools and vocational schools attend classes on Saturdays and come to the child development center fewer hours per week.
On a typical program day, the children arrive at 8 a.m. After prayers and a cleanliness inspection, they are given porridge or black/milk tea served with snacks, possibly an egg and bread or buns. After program activities, at about 1 p.m., the children receive a meal that may include rice and beef, beans and fruit, or ugali (stiff porridge) and beans or beef.
Parents are involved in meal preparation on program days and infrastructure construction support (e.g., making bricks or digging trenches) at the child development center.