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Farmers in Mtinko often experience poor crop yields due to a use of outdated agricultural practices, insufficient seasonal rainfall, and a lack of irrigation.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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Mtinko's Community News

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.
  • 200 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 200 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 20 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 50 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 45 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 7,924 children were vaccinated to protect themselves against preventable diseases
  • 1,013 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 140 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 208 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 100 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 5 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 1 water source is providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases

Explore Mtinko

current conditions

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

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.