AFRICAON IN TANZANIA

MappaTanzaniaHistorical and political context in Tanzania
Former British colony which gained its independence in 1963, it has enjoyed domestic stability for some time. A republic whose president, Jakaya Kikwete (elected on December 21st, 2005) is also the head of state. Located in southern African, Tanzania borders with Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia and borders the Indian Ocean for over 1400 km of coastline.
Its main resources are fishing, tourism, livestock and its natural resources are gold, natural gas, nickel and phosphorous.

State of the population and children
37,000,000 inhabitants, 44% of which are 0 to 14 years of age. The infant mortality rate is 97 per 1,000. Almost 50% of children do not attend primary school.
Average life expectancy is 45, however it is lowering due to Aids. In 2003 over 9% of the population suffered from HIV and in the same year there were over 160,000 deaths caused by the disease. As far as religious beliefs, 30% of the population professes to be Christian, 35% Muslim, while the remaining 35% practices local religious traditions.

KASANGHEZI CENTER: KIGOMA PROJECT

We have carried out our projects in Tanzania in the region of Kigoma, located in the far west of Tanzania on the shore of the Tanganyika Lake not far from the border with Burundi.

Due to its decentralized location, there are few government or other institutions. The people who reside here are very poor and subsist on agriculture (corn, beans, coffee and bananans) as well as fishing.

The projects are in favor of supporting schools and orphanages.

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Census and food aid
The goal of the project is to give a contribution to support the children of the Kasaghezi center, through food aid, conducting a census of the children and identifying the priorities highlighted by the community.
The project was carried out in aid of the local Kigoma diocese.