Working With Children in Tanzania

World Vision’s 2020 goal is to reach 22 million children in Tanzania with measurable and sustained improvement in their well-being. This requires a multidisciplinary approach in a country where much of the population survives by subsistence farming, harvesting just enough food to get by. Thirty-five per cent of the children in Tanzania under age five are stunted due to malnutrition.

To help families improve their situation, we support farmers and entrepreneurs with skills and resources to increase their yields and incomes.  Advocacy training on legal rights to health and education, and how to work with government to ensure promised services are delivered, is part of our work. Our approach helps people see themselves as valued by God, and active participants in the development process.

Your impact in Tanzania

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • We helped establish and strengthen child protection teams, promoted birth registration, and celebrated child rights through events such as the Day of the African Child.
  • 604 children in Tanzania received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 45 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children in Tanzania
  • 3 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • We trained parents, health workers and volunteers in nutrition and food preparation to combat malnutrition in children and pregnant women.
  • 138 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 8,015 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 56 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • We helped mobilize community members to provide materials and labor for school improvements such as teachers' houses, classrooms and latrines.
  • 640 preschool children in Tanzania are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 16 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 23 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • Farmers were assisted to produce high-yield crops on smaller pieces of land, learn improved irrigation technology, diversify their income, and teach their peers.
  • 2,110 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 394 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 558 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income

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