This month our Country Spotlight moves to Tanzania! In addition to our regular blog content, we’ll be sharing more about this country to give you a deeper picture of what’s going on there.
Tanzania is home of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti Desert. Although it’s rich in natural resources, it’s also home to a 28.2% poverty rate and a 42% rate of malnutrition for children under 5. Thankfully, it’s also home to numerous Feed the Children programs, managed by capable staff and dedicated community members.
Right now in this beautiful East African country:
- We provide mid-morning breakfast to 37,000 of the most at-risk children each school day.
- We’ve built or repaired rainwater harvesting systems in more than two dozen communities, providing thousands of kids with clean water that won’t make them sick.
- We give schoolchildren new shoes twice a year so they can grow and play in sturdy, comfortable footwear.
- We’ve helped students in 30 primary schools learn to plant and tend two acres of mangoes and cassava plants. The schools planted a total of 30 acres of cassava and 30 acres of mangoes. And we ask every school to raise a reasonable income from each harvest to keep their programs going.
- We also help Tanzanians organize Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) to encourage a culture of saving to invest in children’s futures.
Feed the Children Tanzania is also an important partner in the region at large. Just last week, the Tanzania office in Dar es Salaam hosted Feed the Children personnel from Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda for a training on child sponsorship. Scott Killough, our Senior Vice President of International Operations, and Matt Panos, Chief Development Officer, joined the gathering from the head office in Oklahoma City. Seintje Veldhuis, Regional Director for Africa was present on the last day.
The four-day workshop covered the past, present and future of child sponsorship. Participants reflected on the successes and challenges of the past year, reviewed the child sponsorship manual, and considered processes and procedures to make the program even stronger. On day three, they also visited one of the schools under child sponsorship – Kiluvya B. Primary School.
We’ll be sharing more about Tanzania’s remarkable work over the next few weeks. Watch this space for more updates, or you can read our recent interview with Tanzania Country Director Silvia Andena. Learn more about Tanzania here—including how you can be a part of what we’re doing.