Chess in Tanzania

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Is Chess available in Tanzania? Is it possible for me to purchase a set and have it delivered to my child there?
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Richard A. Williams

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Hi Richard! Though I've never been to Tanzania, I do know that people do play chess there. Regrettably, Compassion cannot accept packages for your sponsored child for the following reasons: 1) Everything we send to our country offices is declared at customs as a document. If custom officials find anything in a box of letters that isn't a document, we are assessed a hefty fine and the box will be held for weeks, possibly months. 
2) There is a high incidence of theft when sending packages to the developing world, and shipping items overseas can be quite costly.
3) The high volume of child letters Compassion processes every day makes it impossible for us to also process packages. 
4) The delivery services in developing countries are rarely as operational as they are in the U.S.
If you are looking for a way to be a blessing to your child in a special way, I would suggest the possibility of sending a general child gift or family gift. Child gifts can be given up to twice per year in an amount between $10 and $100, and you can give a family gift between $25 and $1000 per year as well. When these gifts are given, you are able to make suggestions on how you'd like the gift to be used, but the final decision is made by the family since they could have needs that may be able to be met with your special gift.