Children’s ministry launch in Tanzania

Funding required: $38,000

This project will help: 200 children in Biharamulo, Tanzania

Child development centre: TZ0985, AICT Biharamulo Student Centre

Summary

Many of the children in Biharamulo, Tanzania, have little hope for a better future. About 75 per cent of caregivers are unemployed, leaving children and families unable to access basic needs such as education and healthcare. Though health services are available within the community, they are simply not affordable for the average family. Parents also lack the knowledge they need to care for their children properly and prevent disease.

Many children are not able to attend school as their parents can’t afford the fees. Parents also lack the entrepreneurial skills that would allow them to provide for their families. Without job opportunities or vocational skills, many children have little expectation but to continue the cycle of poverty of their parents.

But the local church in Biharamulo 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. They will receive supplementary food as needed. They will have the opportunity to go to school and receive vocational training. They will receive age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship, as well as education on important topics like health, hygiene and how to form healthy relationships. And they will also receive personal attention, guidance and love from caring Christian community members. Until the children find sponsors, Compassion will cover the sponsorship costs for each child.

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, they begin to develop hope for their future, and they realize that God wants to use them to help others. And 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

Church name: African Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT) Biharamulo

Community information

Biharamulo is a Tanzanian community of 24,573 people. The closest major city is Mwanza. Most people work as animal herders, day labourers, fishermen, or in domestic services. The average family makes about C$200 a month, but 75 per cent of the population is unemployed. Homes are constructed from tin and corrugated iron with walls of cement or bricks, and dirt floors. The main diet is bananas and beans. Most people are protestant or Catholic; however, there is a growing Islamic population due to migration and high birth rate among Muslims in the area.

What is provided through this gift

Centre staffing
  • Staff recruitment and training
Child registration and caregiver orientation
  • Registration day items
  • Camera
Sponsorship costs
  • Sponsorship costs for each child until the children find sponsors
Minor building repairs
  • Classroom repairs
  • Electricity installation
  • Washroom repairs
Administrative equipment and supplies
  • Office computer
  • Office filing cabinets and shelves
  • Office tables and chair
Classroom furnishings and supplies
  • Chairs
Kitchen furnishings and supplies
  • Cooking vessels
Health checkups and supplies
  • First-aid kits
  • Initial health screenings
  • Height and weight measurement tools
Help a church in Tanzania open a holistic child development ministry.
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No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.