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Tanzania  Overview

Tanzania is a low income country faced with daunting challenges such as extreme poverty which face largest segment of the population especially those living in the rural communities. Over 60% of its population live below poverty line of less than a dollar a day and according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014), Tanzania ranks 159 out of 187 countries in poverty. There has been a good economic growth of almost 7% per annum, yet only very few have benefited  and the majority are still trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty. Despite emphasize to develop both rural and urban areas, there is a remarkably high inequality between rural and urban communities. Statistics show that more than 80% of the poor and extreme poor people live in the rural communities. Income and none income extreme poverty is manifested almost everywhere in the rural communities.

Tanzania branded as ‘the Soul of Africa’ is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa and the largest in East Africa. It is a multiparty democracy and the most politically stable and peaceful than many nations in Africa. Administrative wise, there is a central, regional, district, ward, village or mtaa level government. Policies are formulated at the central government and implemented at lower levels. English and Swahili are the official national languages. Unlike English, Swahili is spoken by virtually all Tanzanians and viewed as a symbol of national unity. Still, there are over 120 tribes speaking their own different languages. The major religions are Christianity, Islam and traditional beliefs. The recent total population Census of 2002 estimates the total population at 48, 261,942. Of the entire population, women are the majority forming 51% of the total population and young people are more than 60% of the total population.

Formal education system is divided into kindergarten, primary, secondary and tertiary. Health system in ascending order starts with a Dispensary, Heath Center, District Hospital, Regional Hospital and then National or Referral Hospital. Agriculture is the main economic activity, employing over 80% of the population.

We work in Tanzania and we are currently focusing our activities in the remote rural communities located in Hai District, Kilimanjaro region. Our target villages include Rundugai, Cheki Maji, Chemka, Mkalama and Kawaya. We work with these rural communities on the sectors of water, education, healthcare and livelihoods with a belief that these sectors are key to breaking the cycle of extreme poverty.

You can get involved and be part of the team which is empowering rural communities to end extreme poverty.  Please reach us at info@thefae.org or call +255 767 187299 to discuss how you can get involved.