Tanzania

Tanzania is situated to the East of the African continent, and borders the Indian Ocean. The country of Tanzania is home to Africa’s highest mountain, the world’s second deepest lake, and great forests that are home to 10,000 types of plants. Some of the most well-known African mammals can be found in Tanzania: elephants, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, lions, leopards, crocodiles and hippopotamuses.

People from Tanzania are called Tanzanians. About 90% of Tanzanians live in rural areas and live off what they can grow on the land. Most Tanzanians earn a living through farming. The main food crops are corn, rice, wheat, beans, and potatoes. Swahili and English are the official languages of Tanzania.

Many Tanzanian children are part of Mission Together groups (called Holy Childhood in Tanzania). Daniel explains why he joined: ‘My name is Daniel and I am 10 years old. I have belonged to the Holy Childhood group for two years. During a long illness in hospital, I met a group of children who came to visit the sick in the hospital. They introduced themselves as children of the Holy Childhood of the parish. Their motto is to help other children who are in need. They brought us biscuits, soap, sugar and other kinds of food. I noticed the joy, spirit of love and compassion in them. Therefore, I decided that when I fully recovered, I would join this group. Once I finally left the hospital sometime later, I joined the group. What I like about Holy Childhood is the joy, love and solidarity that is shown towards other children, especially those in need. I also learned how to say prayers, like the Mission Rosary, how to behave in church, how to be polite…In addition, they teach us games, poems and we can show our talents through dance and song.’

Many Tanzanian children are part of Mission Together groups. Watch the film below to see some of the children dancing and singing a hymn for a special mission month. Traditional dance is an important part of Tanzania’s culture. Dance brings people together and builds community and identity. Notice the important role dance plays is in the film.