In a series of its ongoing missions to assist needy children and families living in extreme poverty, Compassion International Tanzania is setting out to reach more than 1.7 million beneficiaries in the country, within the next five years.
That was revealed by the Director of Compassion International Tanzania, Mary Lema, during the occasion to launch the organization’s five-year strategy plan, an event which was held at their headquarters in Arusha.
“Ours is a five-year plan, which targets to provide basic and essential services in order to make positive changes to more than 1.7 million youth and children,” explained Mary Lema, adding that the compassion’s half-decade strategy runs from this year 2023 to 2027.
The five-year strategy of Compassion International Tanzania, runs under the theme of ‘Our Neighbour Promise.’
According to Ms Lema, the youth and children that Compassion International wants to seriously help and assist are mostly those that live under the most dangerous environment and dire conditions.
So far Compassion International Tanzania has managed to reach out to 115,000 children in 21 regions and more than 80 local councils, served through 550 churches in the country.
Compassion International started its humanitarian missions in Tanzania back in the year 1999.
Dr Nandera Ernest Mhando is the Commissioner for Social Welfare in the Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Groups, who graced the occasion.
“The Ministry is undertaking a special mission to identify the youth and children currently living under extreme poverty and those suffering in dangerous environments,” Dr Mhando explained.
According to the Commissioner of Social Welfare, a total of 335,971 children, among them 168,634 boys and 167,337 living under difficult conditions have been identified in the period between July 2022 and April 2023.
The youth have already been enlisted and have even started to be provided with basic services such as food, clothing and accommodation.
Dr Mhando added that there were other 26,000 rescued youth and children among them those who were abandoned, victims of domestic violence as well as the ones saved from cases of illegal human trafficking.
The Social Welfare commissioner explained that those youngsters are now being taken care of at special homes.
The Acting Board Chairperson of Compassion International Tanzania, Dr Elieshi Kisinza said during the compilation of the organization’s five year strategy, a lot was taken into consideration.
“We covered a number of challenges facing the youth and children in the quest to improve their lives and release their families from the chains of poverty,” explained Dr Kisinza.
The strategy launching event in Njiro was also attended by church leaders, Bishop Anorld Manase of the Baptist Church, Bishop Solomon Massangwa of the Arusha Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Bishop David Mollel of the Tanzania Assemblies of God (TAG).
A country of more than 60 million residents, Tanzania is a young nation with more than 50 percent of its population being youngsters under the age of 18.