General information on Tanzania

"Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania" (The United Republic of Tanzania) is currently home to three SOS Children’s Villages. The organisation has been active in Tanzania since the former president of Zanzibar, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, approached Hermann Gmeiner in 1984, requesting that an SOS Children’s Village should be built in his country. In 1991, the first children were able to move into their new families.

Playground of the SOS Kindergarten - photo: H. Atkins
Children playing in the SOS Children’s Village (photo: SOS archives)
The United Republic of Tanzania is a country situated in Eastern Africa. The 26 regions that Tanzania is made up of include those of the autonomous region of Zanzibar. Tourism has come to play an increasingly vital role in Tanzania’s economy. However, it is still mainly based on the agricultural sector where more than 80 per cent of the work force is employed.
Tanzania has a total population of 49 million and its capital city is Dodoma. The official and most widely spoken language is Swahili.
Chemistry lesson - photo: K. Snozzi
In the SOS Kindergarten (photo: SOS archives)