World Vision Tanzania engages donors, sponsors and other stakeholders to join us in improving the well-being of children and helping to transform the lives of communities.
Currently World Vision sponsors 121,105 children in Tanzania. Through child sponsorship, the children, their families and communities are facilitated with shared benefits such as safe and clean water, access to quality education facilities and infrastructure, access to food and nutrition, health care and the chance to live a life in all its fullness.
WVT operates in 13 regions. We implement our activities through Area Programs (APs) as an entry point within the targeted communities. Presently, we have 48 APs. World Vision Tanzania works with communities in several regions: Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Arusha, Tanga, Morogoro, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Singida, Morogoro, Shinyanga, Tabora, Kigoma and Kagera.
VisionFund Tanzania (VFT), WVT’s sister organization was established in 1996. Its purpose is to support WVT’s efforts to promote the economic development aspect of livelihood through access to financial services. The WVT National Director is the Board Chair for VFT with responsibility for governance oversight as well as promoting VFT and WVT programmatic integration.
The Great African Food Company
World Vision Tanzania established The Great African Food Company, (GAFCO) as a for-profit enterprise to connect smallholder farmers to local, East African and more profitable global markets, enabling them to climb the value-added continuum in pursuit of higher margins. Through the company World Vision Tanzania creates long-lasting economic opportunities for small-holder farmers that enable them to provide adequate nutrition, education and health needs for their children and families. The company was established in 2013.
Bordered by eight countries, Tanzania sits on the eastern coast of Africa. The country’s three islands — Mafia, Zanzibar, and Pemba — lie to the east in the Indian Ocean.
The population is now estimated at over 51 million, as Tanzania has one of the highest birth rates in the world and more than 44% of the population is under the age of 15. The total fertility rate is 5.01children born per woman, which is the 18th highest of any country.
Agriculture accounts for more than one-quarter of GDP, provides 85 percent of exports, and employs about 80 percent of the work force. Unfortunately, low agricultural productivity has been a problem for the country.
HIV and malaria are serious threats to the country. There is an HIV adult prevalence rate of 5.1 percent and a malaria prevalence rate of 17.7 percent for children under 5 years old.
Access to clean, safe water and sanitation is declining, which is leading to the spread of diseases.
Education standards are declining at both primary and secondary levels as a result of the rapid increase in enrollment. In 2010, only 53 percent of 13-year-olds had completed a full cycle of primary school.
World Vision focuses on improving children’s well-being through child-focused transformational development, disaster management and promotion of justice. The Child Well-being Aspirations provide a practical definition of World Vision’s understanding of well-being for children.
Our goal is “the sustained well-being of children within families and communities, especially the most vulnerable.” World Vision views the well-being of children in holistic terms: healthy individual development (involving physical and mental health, social and spiritual dimensions), positive relationships and a context that provides safety, social justice, and participation in civil society.
The Child Well-being Aspirations are intended as a catalyst for dialogue, discussion and visioning as World Vision partners with children, parents, community partners, churches, governments and other organisations.
Our strategic goal is to contribute to the measurable improvement in the sustained well-being of 15 million boys and girls, especially the most vulnerable.
WVT will mainly focus on Livelihood, Health, Nutrition and WASH, with Livelihood being the primary sector. Spiritual Development and Protection of Children will be cross-cutting functions. Education is prioritized as a secondary objective and will be implemented depending on availability of funds.
Livelihood is the leading strategic aspiration in Tanzania and all WV Tanzania’s area development programmes lead with this component. WVT will ensure increased results in its livelihoods program which works to boost farm productivity and profitability to small-holder farmers (agro-pastoralists and pastoralists), while enhancing resilience by applying farming technologies value chains and providing access to markets and financial services, to better care and support their households by 2020.
Health, Nutrition and Wash
Under the health, nutrition and WASH program, WVT collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other key partners to strengthen maternal new-born and child health, nutrition and WASH systems for the well-being of children and empowers households and communities to sustainably access and use these structures by 2020.
Spiritual Development And Protection Of Children
In this area, WVT strives to strengthen spiritual development and protection of children from abuse and all forms of violence by 2020. One of the ways it does this is through prevention, response to and restoration from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children.
WVT seeks to improve quality and equitable access to education for boys and girls in its areas of operation by 2020. The aim is to ensure that children read, write, attain essential life skills and use numeracy skills at an appropriate age.
In 2016, World Vision Tanzania in collaboration with key implementing partners recorded the following positive results;
Livelihoods and Resilience
- 1,948 savings groups formed with savings of USD 1,320,709
- 83,698 most vulnerable children supported through savings group social funds and community care coalition funds
- 2,748 producer groups trained on Climate Smart Agriculture and 1,874 farmers practicing farmer managed natural regeneration
- 4,906 households using renewable energy and 3,154 households using fuel efficient stoves
- 23,700 hectares of land entered
Health, Nutrition & Water Sanitation & Hygiene
- 1,373 child and youth peer educators trained on value-based life-skills and reproductive health
- 313 nutrition groups trained on preparation of nutritious food and exclusive breastfeeding
- 1,338 community health workers trained on maternal, infant and young children nutrition
- 435 water sources safeguarded
- 214 school health/WASH clubs established and trained on good sanitation and hygiene practices
- 7,528 women give birth at health facilities
- 13,793 new mothers and pregnant women counselled on childhood illnesses
- 539 community health workers trained on community maternal new-born care module.
- 9,657 pregnant women tested and counselled on HIV and AIDS
- 99% of children enrolled in schools
- 228 teachers and 127 community volunteers trained on literacy skills
- 8,054 children’s books distributed to schools
- 283 school committees trained on their roles and responsibilities
- 98 class rooms constructed, 57 reading camps established, and 2,479 school desks installed
- 99 child protection teams and 71 junior councils formed and trained
- 17,733 children enrolled in 198 children’s clubs
- 2,904 adolescents and 4,928 young children obtained birth certificates
- 657 pregnant women tested and counselled on HIV and AIDS
- 2,202 faith and community leaders trained on Empowered World View
- 333 pastors and Sunday school teachers trained on spiritual nurture of children
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