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Sponsors have helped Tanzanian children since 1999, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Tanzania to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

eastern Africa

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, netball, boxing

foods: rice, coconut milk, ugali (maize porridge), chapati bread

celebrations: Wanyambo Festival, Unification Day, Christmas, Eid ul-Fitr

Claim to Fame

home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa

Wild Residents

elephants, black rhinos, hippos, cheetahs

Printable: Discover Tanzania Download Print

Poverty Pitfalls

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Many people don't get enough food or clean water. Sponsored children eat nutritious meals and drink clean water at their Compassion centers.
Mosquito bites make many kids sick. Many get bed nets to keep out mosquitoes.
Children ages 5 and younger are at a high risk of dying. Compassion gives medicine, food and love to babies and moms in the Survival program.

Fun Facts

a little bigger than two Californias put together

money: shilling

Most storytelling is done by mouth - not in books.

Artists are known for a painting style called tingatinga. They usually make the art using hardboard and bicycle paint.

Tanzania's film industry is called Swahiliwood.

One of its volcanoes, Ol Doinyo Lengai, oozes lava that looks like oil.

The capital is Dodoma, but Dar es Salaam is the biggest, busiest city.

Stat Snapshot


Tanzania ?? United States 🇺🇸


53,950,935 339,665,118

People Living in Poverty

22.8% 15.1%


Kiswahili or Swahili, Kiunguja, English, Arabic, local languages like Maasai

English, Spanish, Chinese, other


Christian 61.4%, Muslim 35.2%, folk religion 1.8%, unaffiliated 1.4%, other 0.2%

Protestant 46.5%, none/other 26.1%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%

Typical Family Income

$3,300 per year $63,700 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018


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Neighborhood Field Guide


Gold Medal Kids


Homework and Housework


Stand Against Malaria


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Tanzanian Coconut Rice With Peas and Carrots