Established in 2007, the fifty-acre Rafiki Training Village Tanzania is located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro near Moshi. Thirteen buildings house the educational, residential, and medical facilities of the Village residents. The surrounding area is primarily agricultural land and farmed by subsistence farmers. The local languages are Kiswahili and Chagga and the local food staples are maize meal (ugali), rice, and cabbage.
The children in the Rafiki Training Village Tanzania enjoy games of tee-ball and kickball as well as riding bicycles and jumping rope. Art and reading are their favorite subjects, and their favorite hymns are My Hope is Built and Great is Thy Faithfulness. Both the staff and children are thankful to God for giving them this Village as their home. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is a much-loved verse and epitomizes their grateful hearts: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Dr. David Livingstone was lost here as he searched for the source of the Nile. Moreover, it was here that Henry Stanley finally found him, uttering his legendary greeting, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” Snowcapped Kilimanjaro, packs of wildebeest covering the Serengeti Plain—this is iconic Africa—the one that exists in the mind's eye. Wedged between Kenya to the north and Mozambique to the south, Tanzania has been untroubled by the strife that has racked so much of the continent. It is the largest country in East Africa and includes the spice islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia. The African population consists of more than 120 ethnic groups with some 80% of Tanzanians farming or fishing at subsistence levels.
Tanganyika, a British-controlled UN trust territory, and Zanzibar, a British protectorate with an Arab population, united to form Tanzania in 1964. Until resigning as president in 1985, Julius K. Nyerere led the country to adopt a type of socialism adapted to the ujamaa (family) policy of village farming (collective farming). Unfortunately, this ujamaa system caused the agricultural output of the country to plummet; Tanzania went from being the largest exporter of agricultural products in the region to the largest importer of them. Nyerere retired in 1985, and new free-market economic policies were adopted. The current president of Tanzania is Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
Capital: Dar es Salaam (administrative) Dodoma (legislative)
Area: 364,900 square miles
Language: Kiswahili, Kiungujo, English, Arabic,
many local languages
Religion: Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%;
Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
Life Expectancy: 61
GNI per Capita: $630
Percentage of Population Living on Less than $1.25/day: 43.5%
Literacy Percent: 67.8%
Orphaned Children: 2,600,000
Physicians per 100, 000 people: 1
CIA—The World Factbook
National Geographic Atlas of the World
WHO Human Resources for Health
UNICEF—State of the World’s Children, 2010
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