In January 2015 we were linked with the following dioceses.
Swaziland: Ruaha in Tanzania: Aquata in Nigeria: Lagos Mainland in Nigeria: Chotanagpur in North India:
Little information is available at present, but we do know that the members of these dioceses are active in helping those in need in their communities. The brief profiles each diocese has sent show us that soup kitchens, prison visiting, health education, care for widows and orphans, gender equality workshops and water supply projects are all part of the work these faithful members are doing locally.
Media reports tell us that –
Soil erosion and landslides are problematic in Aquata. and Lagos Mainland is a bustling modern city and port.
The number of neo-natal deaths in India is rising due to overuse of antibiotics.
Ruaha in Tanzania is an important National park with tourist attractions boosting its economy.
News articles inform us that HIV/AIDS is prevalent in African countries and statistics in Tanzania and Swaziland are grim.
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In July 2016 Tanzania took a huge step toward eliminating child marriage. Now, a man who marries or impregnates a school-age girl faces up to 30 years in prison.
Sex with underage girls was already a criminal offense, but previously girls as young as 14 could be married if her parents or a court approved. Unfortunately, loopholes still remain and girls can still get married off at 15 with parental consent or at 14 under court order if special circumstances exist. These loopholes significantly weaken the new law.
However, this latest effort signals that the government is heading in the right direction and may remove these contradictions in the future. It also follows on the heels of the government expanding free primary and secondary education for all children, with a special emphasis on girls.