Our Work

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

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.

Country Profile

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.

Child Well-Being AspirationS

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.

Achievements in 2014

Girls & Boys Enjoy Good Health

  • Household food security
is one of the key
parameters for child well-
being, especially the most
vulnerable. Surveys
conducted in FY14
showed overall
improvement in
household food security
compared to baseline
values (Seven out
of 12 ADPs attained their
WVT FY14 annual target
of 48% households with
year-round access to food, and 10 of the ADPs
surveyed were above the
national average of 36% of
households. The
percentage of youth who reported never going to sleep hungry ranged from 60% to 91%.
  • Increase in crop production is also reflected in child nutrition.  In Financial Year 2014, a survey conducted by WVT in 15 ADPs reveals the decrease in wasting. In all surveyed ADPs, the wasting is lower than 5% of recommended WHO standard.
  • In 2014, the Positive Deviance (PD) Hearth and Infant and Young Children Feeding (IYCF) models were implemented as a way of improving child feeding practices. These models were introduced in 17 projects out of 35 project areas implementing Health and nutrition projects in 2014. Ten Health and Nutrition Officers were trained on PD Hearth processes and managed to reach 342 malnourished children. 
  • There was improved immunization coverage in the project areas where access to maternal and child health services is limited and there are no static health facilities. During the rolling out of the Integrated Community Health Works programme (ttC7-11), World Vision Tanzania (WVT) in collaboration with the government trained 30 Trainer of Trainers, 62 Supervisors and 336 Community Health Workers in 2014.
  • About 25 health workers from dispensaries and health centres were trained on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiatives (BFHI). This also included proper counselling on proper nutrition and feeding for 1,092 lactating mothers by trained health workers.
  •  Safe deliveries were enhanced under clinical supervision for new-borns. The proportion of women who gave birth to their youngest child at a health facility and were assisted by a skilled birth attendant ranged from 31.1% to 81.1%.
  • Approximately 7,637 out of 7,850 targeted households across our project areas were able to access improved latrines (VIP, toilet with slabs, and flush toilets), ultimately protecting children from communicable diseases. 

“I have benefitted by being one of the members of the savings group, my income has increased, and as such I can comfortably provide for the needs of my children including school fees, scholastic materials, clothing and beddings. This business has also enabled me to engage in income generating activities including selling mud bricks, keeping dairy cow and pigs, therefore my capacity to provide for my family has increased”. Baraka Juma – Kinampanda ADP


Girls & Boys are educated for life

  • To ensure realization of the increased proportion of children able to read with comprehension, the Literacy Boost model was started up in 4 Area Development Programmes. Production of local learning materials and training on specialized pedagogic skills for 768 primary school teachers was done. These initiatives raised the proportion of children who can read with comprehension from lowest score of 37% in FY13 to 52% in FY14, thus raising the proportion by 40.5%.
  • 236,250 (118,150 girls and 118,100 boys) children benefited from our education programmes in 21 project areas. 
  • Capacity building workshops for teachers were conducted for 768 teachers on effective teaching methods and making of teaching-learning aids.
  • 28,860 textbooks were provided to schools contributing to quality learning for children on reading skills.
  • 105 Community Voice and Action teams were formed which actively advocated for enrolment and other education related issues in the ADP communities.

Girls & Boys Experience Love of God and their Neighbours

  • About 296 children facilitators and Sunday school teachers were involved in spiritual nurture of children in 2014, in contrast to only 161 reached the previous year. This increase of empowerment of parents, faith leaders and teachers is the result of intentional partnership with local Faith Based Organisations and Faith Based Foundations in addressing child well-being.
  • 188 children clubs across our project areas were formed to enable children from all faith backgrounds to meet together on a regular basis, share their dreams and play together.
  • 1495 faith leaders reached through Channels of Hope, Christian and Muslim Relations engagement, and Samaritan strategy Africa training, this is as opposed to 732 the previous year. These seminars aim at changing community mind-sets and ultimately encouraging them to lead and manage their own development.

Girls & Boys are cared for, protected and participating

  • Child participation and protection system through formulation of Children Councils and Child Protection Teams were formed in line with government guidelines. Forty-six Junior Councils at village level were formed in 14 ADPs whereas 26 Child Protection Teams at ward level were formed in 17 project areas. Children in these Junior Councils are now participating in development meetings and are empowered on their rights, protection and response according to the Child Act of 2009. 
  • WVT continued to scale up in all ADPs the Savings Group Model. Membership grew from 21,162 in FY13 to 33,435 in FY14 who are organized in 1,278 Savings Groups. The accumulated savings as group financial assets also increased from USD 1,336,259 in FY13 to USD 1,783,383 in FY14. Savings groups continued to organize their social fund account whereby each member contributes a minimum of 10% of their income to take care of most vulnerable children in their villages supporting them with scholastic materials, school fees contribution, shelter, and food materials.
  • Evaluations conducted in FY14 showed that on average 72% of 600 interviewed households were able to provide for at least three basic needs of their children without any assistance. Information from these ADPs ranges from 47.3% to 82.7%.