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 50 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, 2022. 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 7 children!
Shaistar Kikoti – April 7, 2021 from Lulindi
Meriana Ngaile – April 13, 2021 from Ukwega
Daliana Kivamba – April 16, 2021 from Makungu
Jolyn Kikutwwa – April 22, 2021 from Lulindi
Joan Maswaga – April 25, 2021 from Ukwega
Steve Chuma – April 6, 2021 from Ukwega
Patrick Kikula – April 18, 2021 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Joan’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2021 when she was seven months pregnant with Joan. Joan’s favorite foods are ugali, vegetables with beans, and sometimes fruits. She likes dancing when she hears music. Joan has an older brother, Fadhili, who is 11 years old and in Standard Four. Joan’s mom says she is very grateful for the program since she has seen that Joan is growing healthily compared to how her son was at the same age. She says this is because she has been receiving education on how to raise infants through RCP workshops.
Steve’s mom joined the RCP Program in April 2021 when Steve was born. Steve’s favorite food is cooked bananas with avocado. He likes to drive toys around with other children. Steve is the first born in his family. Steve’s mom says she is very grateful for the RCP Program due to the services she has been receiving from the Ipalamwa General Clinic and the weekly home visits. She says that due to the skills she has acquired in the program, she has been able to raise a healthy family and her baby’s weight has increased very well. Steve is very active and is developing his speaking abilities.
Shaistar’s mom joined the RCP Program in May 2021 when Shaistar was a month old. Shaistar likes to eat ugali with vegetables and sometimes meat. She likes making and playing with toys. She loves playing with water whenever she finds it. Shaistar is the first born in her family. Her mom hopes that her daughter will be able to get a higher education as she says Shaistar is very intelligent.
Daliana’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2021 when Daliana was two months old. Daliana likes to eat mashed potatoes with meat soup. She loves singing and clapping her hands. She is the first born in her family. Daliana is doing well and is very healthy. Her mom is very grateful for the program, especially for the education she has gotten from the RCP workshops on caring for infants. She says the workshops are very productive and she has applied what she has learned with her children and shared it with other family members. She says that her family has seen the importance of boiling water and has adopted that practice. They are now free of stomachaches.
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 15 children!
Allyani Kibiki – April 1, 2020 from Ukwega
Giani Nyabusani – April 3, 2020 from Ukwega
Yonathan Kasenegal – April 5, 2020 from Mkalanga
Simon Mwenzegule – April 6, 2020 from Mkalanga
Raphael Mtengela – April 8, 2020 from Lulindi
Samson Msingwa – April 19, 2020 for Lulindi
Mikaely Nyamoga – April 19, 2020 from Ukwega
Johnson Masika – April 23, 2020 from Makungu
Agrey Msamba – April 23, 2020 from Makungu
Praise Kikoti – April 26, 2020 from Ipalamwa
PrayGod Lwanzali – April 30, 2020 from Ukwega
Baraka Mwinyi – April 30, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Naomi Newas – April 14, 2020 from Makungu
Abihaily Ngenza – April 15, 2020 from Mkalanga
Maria Mbofu – April 23, 2020 from Mkalanga
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Allyhani’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2020 when Allyhani was two months old. Allyhani’s favorite foods are noodles and eggs and sometimes vegetables and fruits. He likes to play with soccer balls with other neighborhood children. He is the first born in his family. Allyhani’s mom reports that he is doing very well and has not had any health problems. She attributes this to the education she has been receiving from her RCP Caregiver through home visits. She hopes Allyhani will become a doctor when he grows up.
Simon’s mom joined the RCP Program in September 2019 when she was two months pregnant with Simon. Simon’s favorite food is rice with beans and ripe bananas. He likes to play soccer with his siblings and friends. He has three siblings: sister Julia who is 12 years old and in Standard Six, brother Laban who is ten years old and in Standard Four, and sister Gloria who is eight years old and in Standard Two. Simon’s mom is thankful for the RCP Program because she has been receiving education from various workshops. She says this has helped her in raising her son in good health without getting repeated infections and helping with his brain development. She says that Simon’s cognition is better than his siblings’ was at his age.
Praygod’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019. He likes to eat rice with beans and drive toys around. He has an older brother, Gift, who is seven years old and in Standard One. Praygod’s mom is very thankful for the program as she has been learning about important topics related to hygiene, preparing food safely, and a balanced diet. She says the weekly home visits have helped Praygod gain weight and the services at the Ipalamwa General Clinic have helped his health very much. Praygod is now healthy and free from diseases. His mom says she is so happy to be raising a healthy and happy family.
Abihaily’s mom joined the RCP Program in December 2019 when she was five months pregnant with Abihaily. Abihaily likes to eat rice with meat, vegetables, and fruits. She likes to play with toys and help her mother with chores like sweeping and washing dishes. She also loves to sing. Abihaily is the first born in her family. Her mom says the RCP Program has helped Abihaily grow well and healthy and with proper brain development. Abihaily is a very active child and she remembers things and responds very well to her parents.
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 16 children!
Lenita Mgoba – April 4, 2019 from Ukwega
Munila Mfugale – April 6, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Queen Msuva – April 10, 2019 from Ukwega
Evelith Kidava – April 9, 2019 from Mkalanga
Gladness Kasuga – April 20, 2019 from Mkalanga
Clara Chusi – April 20, 2019 from Mkalanga
Lightness Mtei – April 21, 2019 from Lulindi
Rehema Ndenga – April 29, 2019 from Ukwega
Giovana Mdeka – April 30, 2019 from Lulindi
Bright Makilika – April 1, 2019 from Mkalanga
Yohana Shagama – April 7, 2019 from Mkalanga
Erick Kisia – April 15, 2019 from Mkalanga
Elia Chavala – April 18, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Edwin Msigwa – April 18, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Neimar Mbata – April 20, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Grayson Kwayu – April 24, 2019 from Lulindi
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Clara’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Clara’s favorite food is rice and beans. She likes jumping rope with her siblings and her neighbor friends. Clara has two siblings: sister Eveline who is five years and is in kindergarten and brother John who is one year old. Clara’s mom said Clara is a very active child. She says unlike her siblings, Clara has never had an infectious disease such as diarrhea due to the fact that they have been practicing handwashing. She says her family has been helped by the program very much.
Edwin’s mom joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017. Edwin likes to eat sweet potatoes with beans and sometimes fruits such as avocados. He likes to play soccer with his siblings and make cars out of boxes. He has three siblings: sister Juliana (age 13, in Standard Five), brother Patrick (age 9, in Standard Three), and brother Luka (age 6, in kindergarten). Edwin’s mom says she is very thankful for the program because she has been benefiting from the free medical services and the nutrition and hygiene education in workshops.
Elia’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2019 when she was seven months pregnant with Elia. Elia likes to eat rice with beans, ugali with beans or vegetables, and sometimes fish and fruits like avocados. He likes to play soccer, ride toy cars, and fetch some water using bottles. Elia has one brother, Onesco (age 23), and four sisters: Ogata (age 21 and married), Anelia (age 16), Oida (age 12, in Standard Six), and Maryclara (age 7, in Standard One). Elia’s mother says that Elia is very active and that he is quite different from his siblings. She attributes this to the RCP Program and the education she has been receiving from the workshops. His parents hope Elia will be able to get a higher education and be employed when he is an adult.
Yohana’s mom joined the program in July 2018. Yohana likes to eat rice and beans and fruits. He likes playing soccer. He has twin sisters who are five years old: Hellena and Kolina. They are in kindergarten. Yohana’s mom said that the program has helped her family in so many areas. She has learned about topics such as caring for infants, how to feed children, and handwashing, which has helped to prevent infectious diseases.
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 12 children who are turning 4!
Abdul Mtolela – April 2, 2018 from Ukwega
Neboti Myungile – April 9, 2018 from Ukwega
Elia Ngasakwa – April 24, 2018 from Lulindi
Watende Mgoba – April 27, 2018 from Ukwega
Debora Kunzugale – April 2, 2018 from Mkalanga
Ulizia Kipemba – April 5, 2018 from Ukwega
Victoria Lusasi – April 10, 2018 from Mkalanga
Bless Foya – April 12, 2018 from Makungu
Christina Kigala – April 16, 2018 from Ukwega
Bedola Kikoti – April 22, 2018 from Makungu
Gracious Kikoti – April 25, 2018 from Lulindi
Perpetua Chang’a – April 25, 2018 from Makungu
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Watende’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Watende likes to eat rice, beans, and avocado. He likes to play soccer with his siblings and his friends. Watende has five siblings: brother Obadia (age 14, in secondary school), sister Dalinda (age 12, in primary school), brother Allan (age 10, in primary school), brother Benito (age 8, in primary school), and sister Jenita (age 6 in Standard One). Watende’s mom says she enjoys raising her son due to the education she’s been receiving in the RCP Program. She says that since she has learned to eat a balanced diet while breastfeeding, her son became very healthy and active compared to her other children at his age. His siblings were suffering from diarrhea but Watende has never faced that challenge. His mother says that is because of the education on handwashing and the fact that the family has been using the hand-washing station effectively.
Victoria’s mom joined the RCP Program in May 2018 when Victoria was a month old. Victoria likes to eat rice, meat, and fruits such as avocados. She likes to jump rope with other children and help her mother do chores like washing dishes and collecting firewood. Victoria is the first born in her family. Victoria’s mom is very appreciative of the program because she has been receiving nutritious porridge from Global Volunteers and free medical services at the Ipalamwa General Clinic. The services have helped Victoria grow well and reach her developmental milestones, her mom says. Victoria is a very active and happy child. She likes counting numbers and singing songs, and is able to learn new things easily.
Debora’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018 when she was seven months pregnant with Debora. Debora’s favorite food is rice with meat. She likes making mud dolls and washing dishes and clothes. Debora has a younger sister, Betina, who is nine months old. Debora’s mom says Debora is growing well with no health challenges. She says that this is the result of her receiving education from workshops on how to raise a health family, getting health services at the Ipalamwa General Clinic, and receiving nutritious porridge.
Ulizia’s mom joined the RCP Program in December 2019. Ulizia likes to eat rice with beans and meat. She likes to jump rope with her friends in their neighborhood. She is the first born in her family. Ulizia’s mom is very happy with the growth of her child. She says that the knowledge she has been acquiring in the workshops has helped her greatly in raising a healthy child.
Learn more about the impact of Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in this story.