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 127,113 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 Development Programs (ADPs) as an entry point within the targeted communities. Presently, we have 55 ADPs. World Vision Tanzania works with communities in several regions: Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Arusha, Tanga, Morogoro, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Singida, Morogoro, Shinyanga, Tabora 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.