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.
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.
2016-2020 STRATEGIC FOCUS
Our strategic goal is to contribute to the measurable improvement in the sustained well-being of 22 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.