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Capital: Dodoma

Language: Dodoma, English

Population: 48.3 Million

Plan International has been working in Tanzania since 1991, helping poor children to access their rights to health, education, sanitation, livelihoods and protection.

We operate in 6 areas across Tanzania and work with 30,000 sponsored children, their families and their communities.

Currently, we are focusing on community-led total sanitation (CLTS), which inspires communities to stop open-air defecation because of its negative impact on health. So far we have introduced CLTS in over 60 villages and many of them have declared themselves open-air defecation free.

Girl in classroom
Children at play in school yard
Newly built hospital

Plan international's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important in Tanzania

  • Approximately 122,000 children under the age of 5 do not survive every year, often from preventable diseases
  • 1/3 of children do not complete primary education, and only 25% go to secondary school
  • 21% of children aged 5-14 work, often in extremely dangerous conditions.

How your support is helping Tanzania:

  • Supporting the development of village savings and loans assocations (VSLA), which helps to improve the financial literacy of particiants and allow members to take out loans to start their own enterprises.
  • Working with expectant and new mothers to help educate them on the risks of maternal and newborn child health, and ensuring all mothers receive the care they need before, during and after childbirth.
  • Helping young people come together and share their experiences by introducing youth groups, and offering vocational training for vulnerable youth looking to improve their lives.
  • Improving young people's access to financial services to help empower youth to find employment within their communities to help support their families.
  • Building new water systems and improving access to community water and sanitation facilities to help improve the health of children and families.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 28% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 52 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 61 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in Dodoma

Hello Jambo
How are you? Habari yako?
Thank you asante
Goodbye kwaheri
Happy Birthday Furaha ya siku ya kuzaliwa

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