Tanzania shares its borders with eight African and is home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. At 947,300 square kilometers (365,754 square miles), Tanzania is the 31st largest country in the world. It is approximately the size of British Columbia, twice the size of California.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
Despite the spread of COVID throughout the continent of Africa, life has gone back to normal in Tanzania. There are few measures which are still in practice on how to protect from COVID-19. Safety is at individual initiative; citizens are taking precautions for themselves and no one is enforcing protection measures. We pray for continuing caution and prevention measures to keep communities safe.
Prayers are coveted specifically for children who are now returning to school: that their teachers help maintain physical distancing and good hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus.
Since cases were first identified, World Renew has worked in partnership with the Africa Inland Church Tanzania, in the Dioceses of Geita, Mara, and Ukerewe to increase public awareness about COVID-19 and how to prevent its transmission. Through radio shows, these projects have reached thousands throughout the region. In addition, World Renew continues to provide personal protective equipment to health workers, handwashing equipment to the Ebenezer Children’s Home, and prevention information about COVID-19 for dissemination among local congregations.
World Renew programming remains active, with national and international staff working from their homes. Partner staff resumed minimum in-person field visits and community meetings. World Renew national staff continue to work remotely as much as possible and carry out minimal partner visits to work on finance tasks, program planning , monitoring and evaluation. Workshops and meetings with partners for planning purposes continue with the utmost precaution and safety. Prayers are requested for physical safety of the people, and hope amidst new economic realities for the country as small businesses, transportation, and tourism sectors suffer the brunt of the impact. In addition, please pray for the many people who feel anxious about protecting their families from the virus with so little information available on the course the disease is taking in their communities.