The Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) of the Ukwega Ward in central Tanzania measures its success by the growth and development of the children in the program. Read about 21 girls and boys who reached their first, second, third, and fourth birthdays in good health and on target to reach all their development milestones in April, 2021. We celebrate them and their families!
First Birthdays: This is a proud milestone! In Tanzania, about 6 in 10 deaths occur in the first year of life; with 4 of those occurring the first month, according to UNICEF. RCP families have the information and resources to ensure a healthy start for their children. This month, we celebrate the first birthdays of 4 children!
Naomi Lulenga – April 14, 2020 from Makungu
Jian Nyambusani – April 3, 2020 from Mkalanga
Samson Wihale – April 5, 2020 from Mkalanga
Raphael Mtengela – April 8, 2020 from Mkalanga
Learn more about two of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Naomi’s mother joined the RCP Program in September 2019. Naomi’s favorite foods are ugali and beans. She loves to play with toys with her brother, Denis. She is the second born in her family. Her mother says that the program has helped them very much in teaching them about important things, such as handwashing, and that Denis loves washing his hands.
Raphael’s mother joined the RCP Program in May 2019. His favorite foods are avocado, rice, fish, ugali, and bananas. He loves to play with different toys. Raphael has one older sister. His mother says she is so happy with the RCP Program and her baby is doing great.
Second Birthday: By the time a child turns two years old, s/he should be walking and running alone, talking a little, carrying toys, and exploring boundaries. This month, we celebrate the second birthdays of 10 children!
Pelie’e Kivamba – April 6, 2019 from Lulindi
Martini Mdemu – April 7, 2019 from Mkalanga
Debora Kunzugale – April 1, 2019 from Mkalanga
Alenitha Mgoba – April 4, 2019 from Mkalanga
Queen Msuva – April 10, 2019 from Ukwega
Rachel Kikoti – April 15, 2019 from Mkalanga
Victoria Lulasi – April 15, 2019 from Mkalanga
Hapiness Lwanzari – April 19, 2019 from Mkalanga
Gladness Kasuga – April 24, 2019 from Mkalanga
Govana Mdeka – April 30, 2019 from Lulindi
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Govana’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2019. She loves all kinds of foods and loves to play cooking. She also loves to write and draw. Govana has one older brother. Her mother hopes she will become an artist when she grows up.
Pelie’e’s mother joined the RCP Program in July 2018. Pelie’e’s favorite foods are rice with beans, ugali, vegetable soup, and fruits. He loves playing football, playing with water, running, and playing with other children. Pelie’e has one older brother.
Queen’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Queen’s favorite food is cooked bananas. She loves singing gospel songs. She has two older siblings. Her mom hopes she will become a nurse when she grows up. Queen is very healthy, which makes her mother very happy.
Third Birthday: At this milestone, a child’s vocabulary should be expanding, and s/he should be making up stories and play activities, and learning to build relationships. This month, we celebrate the third birthdays of 5 children!
Clara Chusi – April 10, 2018 from Mkalanga
Juliana Kikoti – April 15, 2019 from Makungu
Christina Kigala – April 16, 2018 from Ukwega
Neboti Myungile – April 9, 2018 from Mkalanga
Elia Ngasakwa – April 24, 2018 from Lulindi
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Juliana’s mother joined the RCP Program in July 2019. Juliana’s favorite foods are bananas, Rise Against Hunger meals, and rice. She loves singing and playing with other children. She has one brother. Her mother is so impressed with the RCP Program.
Christina’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Christina’s favorite foods are rice and fish. She loves cooking and playing with toys. She has one sibling. Her mom hopes she will become a gospel singer when she grows up, and she thinks her child is wonderful.
Clara’s mother joined the RCP Program in July 2019. Clara’s favorite foods are bananas, rice, ugali, beans, and fish. She loves playing with local toys made by herself or with other children. Clara has one brother. Her mother says she is so impressed with the RCP Program and loves the nutritious food provided and the services available at the Ipalamwa General Clinic.
Fourth Birthday: By the time a child reaches four years old, s/he should be able to hop, throw and kick balls, and climb and swing with ease. At this age, Tanzanian children are often helping with household tasks and taking care of younger siblings. S/he likely is helping carry water and wood, and maybe shucking peas, corn, and beans. Playtime at this age is lessened, and the child becomes important for family support. This month, we celebrate 2 boys who are turning 4!
Kishani Kipinge – April 2, 2017 from Mkalanga
Joram Hongole – April 29, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about the two boys who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Joram’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in June 2017. Joram’s favorite foods are tomatoes and rice with vegetables. He loves playing soccer and driving things. He has a nine-year-old sister and a six-year-old brother. Joram’s mother says he is a very active child and she hopes he becomes an engineer when he grows up.
Kishani’s mother joined the RCP Program in March 2018. Kishani’s favorite foods are ugali, bananas, rice, meat, and porridge. He loves listening to traditional songs and playing with other children. His mother hopes he will become an engineer when he grows up.
Learn more about the impact of Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in this story.