Tanzania is richly diverse ethnically, linguistically and religiously. It is surrounded by eight countries: Burundi, the DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, which contributes to this demographic diversity. Dodoma is the capital city, though Dar es Salaam is the largest with five million people. African Enterprise Tanzania’s office is in Dar es Salaam, and Felix Mshom is the Team Leader. Tanzania is well known for its great natural beauty: beaches and the island of Zanzibar in the east, savannah grasslands, densely forested mountain regions and Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a tourism hub for safaris.
Unfortunately, the 50 million people who live in Tanzania are some of the poorest in the world. This poverty is partly due to a large youth population, 65% being under the age of 25. The HIV/AIDS epidemic and high number of children per woman (4.8) create fast population growth, but an aging infrastructure cannot keep pace. Other reasons for poverty include significant refugee influxes over the last century, especially from Burundi and the DRC and mismanagement of the vast mineral and agricultural wealth of the nation. The government is slowly expanding the economy through industry and mining, but the majority of Tanzania’s people remain poor. AE is working in Tanzania with urgency to bring people the best solution – Jesus.
Location: East Africa
Surface Area: 945, 087 kilometres2
Population: 52.4 Million
Major Cities: Dar es Salaam 5.6 million, Mwanza 838,000, Zanzibar 403,658, Arusha 341,136, Mbeya 291, 641, Morogoro 250,905, Tanga 224,876, Dodoma 180,541, Kigoma 164,268, Moshi 156,959.
Major Languages: Swahili, English, Kiunguja, Arabic
Colonial History: Under German and United Kingdom rule
Official Language: English, Swahili
Team Leader: Felix Mshomi
Felix Mshomi has been the AE Tanzania Team Leader since late 2018.
Magu HIV and AIDS Education Project
A long term locally run project in Magu (Tanzania’s north), is the HIV/AIDS Project. AE has been working alongside medical workers and local communities for over 10 years to mitigate the strain of HIV/AIDS on local and vulnerable communities. HIV/AIDS was first reported in Tanzania in 1983 and AE is working to stop the spread, through education.
The beauty of this project is that it focuses on whole communities; educating school teachers, peer and religious leaders, school HIV/AIDS committees, district health coordinators, parents and young people. Part of the educating process is reducing the stigma of HIV/AIDS, increasing the care that young people take with their bodies and focusing on how to care for HIV/AIDS sufferers.
Specific topics may include:
- Sexual abuse
- Side effects of early pregnancy
- Child rights- promotion and protection of human rights
- Why to delay sex
- The impact of HIV/AIDS
- Myths and facts about HIV/AIDS
- Side effects of unwanted cultural and tradition taboos