Mtinko's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Mtinko (pronounced mm-tink-oh) community in Tanzania is located about 300 kilometres from Dodoma, the capital city. Mtinko has a semi-arid tropical climate, with a rainy season from November to April and dry, sunny weather from May to October.

Most families live in homes made of mud with straw-thatched roofs. The community is comprised of different ethnic groups, each with its own culture and economic practices. Some engage in animal husbandry, while others rely on agriculture. More than 80% of households grow maize, beans, groundnuts, and sugar cane but they still find it difficult to grow enough food for the entire year.
Child Protection
  • 50 women and men learned about child safety and protection issues, helping to change attitudes and behaviours to better protect girls and boys.
  • 35 youth groups were formed, giving children between 12 and 18 years old a place to meet, learn, share their opinions and practise skills they learned.
  • 50 boys and girls received a birth certificate, allowing them to assert their rights as citizens.
  • 60 potential community partners were identified, laying the foundation for future partnerships that will improve the lives of children.
  • 5 formal agreements were signed between community stakeholders, creating partnerships that will improve the well-being of more boys and girls.
  • 5 joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 10 men and women learned to handle negotiations for farmers' co-operatives, helping parents earn more income to support their children.
  • 3000 farmers are working together in groups to develop and sell their products, increasing their income so they can better support their children.
  • 2 disaster preparedness committees are now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 10 local communities with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
  • 62 farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 10 new savings groups were formed, helping mothers and fathers work toward greater financial stability and meet their children's needs.
  • 180 women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
  • 62 farmers benefited from improved irrigation systems
  • 1 cleaning irrigation canal was rehabilitated.
  • 104 vulnerable community members received support from savings groups, so more orphans and vulnerable children had their basic needs met.
Health and Nutrition
  • 20 children aged 6-59 months were admitted into supplementary feeding programs for acute malnutrition needs
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Mtinko

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Mtinko

Primary school classrooms in Mtinko are overcrowded. Studies suggest that 438 permanent classrooms would be required to educate all of the school-age children in the area, but in reality there are only 234. There is a shortage of housing for teachers, as there are only 108 structures of the 510 that would be needed. As a result, teachers are less motivated to live and teach in the community. Schools lack latrines and school furniture, and have low levels of student enrolment and attendance.

Health Care
There are few trained health care professionals in Mtinko, and as a result, most people visit traditional healers. Local myths also exist that depict modern medicine as harmful. Many families lack access to proper health care facilities. There is also a higher prevalence rate of HIV and AIDS among the community's adult population than is seen in national averages.

Farmers in Mtinko often experience poor crop yields due to a use of outdated agricultural practices, insufficient seasonal rainfall, and a lack of irrigation. The food supply is unreliable, with only 32% of households having enough food to last all year. Some farmers raise indigenous livestock such as the Tanzanian shorthorn zebu and Ugogo sheep, but productivity remains low because of the absence of proper animal nutrition and disease-control programs.

Deforestation, caused in part by frequent bushfires and the increased demand for wood for fuel, is responsible for soil erosion, which makes it even more difficult to grow food.

Water and Sanitation
Families in Mtinko are faced with a lack of potable water, as the only river that runs through the community is seasonal. Unprotected wells provide neither the quantity nor the quality of water necessary to sustain this community. Sanitation facilities are also few and far between.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Mtinko,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.