Tanzania is a beautiful country because of its wildlife and landscape, but it is poor. This is the home of Mt Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa, Lakes Victoria and Malawi and some of the world’s most beautiful natural parks, such as Serengeti. The capital is Dar-es-Salaam. The economy is mainly subsistence agriculture and the vast majority of the population work in small scale farming.
Although well over 65 per cent of children enrol in primary school which is free, less than 10 per cent actually move on to secondary school. This is because education at this level is not free. Even at the primary school level, many parents are still not able to afford to pay for school supplies, uniform, books and school meals. In the rural areas the schools are often inaccessible for children, some of whom have to travel several kilometres to the nearest school.
GDP per capita: $998
Population: 52 million (just below half are under 18)
Largest cities: Dar es Salaam (economic capital), Dodomo (official capital), Mwanza, Arusha
Language: English and Swahili
The country is situated in East Africa, with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It borders with Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo DR, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. It also borders Lake Victoria to the north east and Lake Malawi (Nyasa) to the south.
Places of Interest: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Ngorongoro Serengeti National park, Kilwa Kisiwani, National Parks
ACT in Tanzania
ACT started working in Tanzania in 2003 and our first project was in Tanga, north eastern region with the same name. In 2005 ACT started working in Moshi, Kilimanjaro region. The first partnership was formed with the Tanzania Assemblies of God, Chumbageni. This was followed with partnership with the FPCT, Majengo, Moshi. Our work expanded to Kagera region in 2013 working with Justice & Peace, Rulenge-Ngara diocese.
So far ACT has educated 427 children in Tanzania and provided welfare, health and material support for an additional 850 children. Of these, 22 children have graduated from university, including a medical doctor. Currently there are 12 children in university.
The Widows Sustainable Whole Life Skills (Dorcas) Project was launched in Tanga in 2009 with 55 women registering as members. The aim is that the women support each other in business to generate income so they can support their families. A different income generation approach is used in Kagera. There each supported child and family is given a livestock, goat or pig, with the aim that the offspring of these animals can be sold to generate income. This model has been very successful and is generating sustainable income for the widows.
ACT’s goal of enriching communities where work led to the Tanga ICT project which introduced ICT to 7 Community Secondary school in Tanga. The project set up an ICT labs in each school and equipped the labs with computers and other facilities. The project trained more than 150 teachers and school heads from the 7 schools in ICT at introduction, intermediate and advanced levels, using UK volunteers sent out on short volunteering experience. The 7 participating schools were Mkwakwani, Usagara, Galanos, Tanga Technical, Old Tanga, Toledo and Japan Secondary Schools. The project was carried out in cooperation with the Education department of the Tanga City Council.