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.
Child Protection
  • 1,137 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 23 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 36 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 27 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 15 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 1,067 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant 
  • 40 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 109 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 23 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 24 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 80 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 889 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans

*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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.