Children’s ministry launch

  •  December 8, 2022
  • By: Evan MacAlpine
Three boy sit together. The middle boy has his arms around his friends shoulders.
Funding required: $7,170

This project will help: 150 children

Child development centre: KKKT Kilwa Masoko Children and Youth Development Centre (TZ1207)

Location: Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania

Most children in the coastal town of Kilwa Masoko live in extreme poverty. The majority of caregivers are unemployed while others depend mainly on fishing to survive. Most families struggle to eat more than one meal per day. Malaria, waterborne diseases, HIV/AIDS and high rates of infant and maternal mortality are major health challenges. The need is dire; the church estimates that up to 95 per cent of children living in Kilwa Masoko experience deprivation in several areas of their well-being.

While there are schools and vocational training centres in the community, families place little value on education. Most people adhere to traditional Islamic practices, and girls are often forced into arranged marriages at a young age. Deprived of the right to an education and with no real job prospects, children stand little chance of breaking free from poverty.

But the local church in Kilwa Masoko has a deep desire to reach out to their community with the transforming gospel of Christ and respond to some of the most pressing needs of children.

By opening a child development centre, children will have access to health care and will receive supplementary food as needed. Through your support they will also have the opportunity to go to school and receive vocational training, age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship, as well as education on important topics like health, hygiene and how to form healthy relationships. Along the way, they will also receive personal attention, guidance and love from caring members of the Christian community.

Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s program, children learn they are loved, develop hope for their future and realize that God wants to use them to help others. These children grow up to be givers and leaders in their community.

Help children build a new future free from poverty and full of promise by launching a holistic children’s ministry!

Children’s ministry launch

Help a church in Tanzania open a holistic child development ministry

Church name: KKKT Kilwa Masoko

Community information: Kilwa Masoko is a coastal community in Tanzania of 13,366 people. The closest major city is Dar Es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania and all of East Africa. Most people in Kilwa Masoko work as fishers, day labourers, subsistence farmers, street vendors or in domestic services and earn about $53 a month, but 80 per cent of the population is unemployed. Homes are made of tin or corrugated metal roofs, brick or cement block walls and dirt floors. The local diet includes beans, bread, cassava, chicken, fish, maize, rice and sweet potato. Most people are Muslim, but there is a growing Christian presence in the community and people from both faiths live harmoniously.

What is provided through this gift:

  • Centre staffing
    • Staff training
  • Child registration and caregiver orientation
    • Initial caregiver meeting
    • Registration day items
    • Camera
  • Administrative equipment and supplies
    • Office computer and printer
    • Office filing cabinets and shelves
    • Office desk and chair
    • Office supplies
    • Staff uniforms and backpacks
  • Classroom furnishings and supplies
    • Tables and chairs
    • Toys, games and minor sports equipment
    • Teaching resources and supplies
    • Curriculum printing
  • Kitchen furnishings and supplies
    • Tables and chairs
    • Cooking pots, pans and cooking utensils
    • Cups, bowls and cutlery
    • Gas tank and cooking fuel
    • Storage cabinets and closets
  • Health checkups and supplies
    • Initial health screenings
    • Height and weight measurement tools
    • First-aid kits