The Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program of the Ukwega Ward in central Tanzania measures its success by the growth and development of the children in the program. Read about 38 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 December, 2020. 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 14 children!
Leonora Kigala – December 2, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Careen Fadhili – December 3, 2019 from Ukwega
Carolina Fadhili – December 3, 2019 from Ukwega
Samaria Chavala – December 5, 2019 from Mkalanga
Ruth Mpalanzi – December 5, 2019 from Ukwega
Noela Mgesa – December 8, 2019 from Ukwega
Melisa Geofrey – December 9, 2019 from Ukwega
Deoglasia Kasuga – December 11, 2019 from Ukwega
Ester Myenda – December 11, 2019 from Ukwega
Mary Kadege – December 19, 2019 from Makungu
Shalom Kalinga – December 28, 2019 from Mkalanga
Selesiana Chota – December 31, 2019 from Ukwega
Galadia Maliga – December 3, 2019 from Ukwega
James Kimata – December 11, 2019 from Ukwega
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Selesiana’s mother joined the RCP Program when she was three months pregnant with Selesiana. Selesiana’s favorite foods are rice and beef. She likes cooking and imitates her mom when she is cooking. She also likes to dance whenever she hears the sound of music. Selesiana has an older brother and sister who love her very much and always play with her after school. Selesiana was born with a disorder where she was only breathing through her mouth and she was also very weak, often suffering from diarrhea. When Selesiana’s mother told her RCP Caregiver about this, her Caregiver advised her to go to the Ipalamwa General Clinic while she also continued conducting regular visits and checking in on Selesiana to ensure the baby’s health improved. The caregiver insisted on hygiene practices to reduce diarrhea because the baby had also become stunted. Selesiana and her mother also began consuming Rise Against Hunger meals. After this close follow-up, Selesiana has recently improved and her weight has increased a bit. She has moved from -3 standard deviations below average to -2, which shows that her degree of stunting is improving. The RCP Caregiver is still paying close attention to the family to make sure the baby continues to be healthy. Her mother hopes that one day Selesiana will become a nurse.
Samalia’s mother joined the RCP Program when she was four months pregnant with Samalia. Samalia has three older sisters and a brother. Her favorite food is porridge with a variety of grains. She loves to play with toys and sing songs. She is growing very fast compared to other children her age and she started talking very early. She says a lot of words and understands many words in Swahili.
Deoglasia’s mother joined the RCP Program when she was four months pregnant with Deoglasia, who is her first child. Deoglasia’s favorite food is smashed potatoes with beans. She loves playing with different toys. She is a very calm child who is always eager to learn. Her mother hopes she will become a doctor. Her mom says she enjoys being in the program because she learns so much about health issues. She was worried about giving birth, but says her worries dissipated after she joined the program.
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!
Agresha Samnila – December 4, 2018 from Mkalanga
Godwin Ngusi – December 7, 2018 from Ukwega
Naseeb Mgeveke – December 11, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Adriano Mbofu – December 13, 2018 from Ukwega
Octavian Mlonganile – December 14, 2018 from Mkalanga
Paulo Mkane – December 15, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Denis Mfugale – December 18, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Lizzy Samina – December 21, 2018 from Lulindi
Ivan Sulime – December 29, 2018 from Mkalanga
Rebecca Matagi – December 2, 2018 from Ukwega
Najma Hamis – December 2, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Protifa Kavindi – December 5, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Gisera Myenda – December 19, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Provila Duma – December 20, 2018 from Lulindi
Rachel Kigava – December 29, 2018 from Ukwega
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Protifa’s mother joined the RCP Program when she was six months pregnant with Protifa. Protifa’s favorite food is bean soup. She loves to drive toys around with her older brothers, who are age 9 and 6 and attend primary school. They love their little sister so much. Her mother says that Protifa spends a lot of time with boys, which forces her to behave like boys sometimes. But when she comes to the workshops at the RCP Center, she experiences a difference since there are always girls and boys to play with. Protifa is a happy baby.
Provila’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2019 when Provila was two months old. Provila’s favorite foods are porridge, rice, cooked bananas, and fruits. She loves to write on the floor with sticks, wash cooking utensils and clothes, pretend she is cooking, and play games with other children. Provila has a six-year-old brother named Providence and they really love each other. Provila is so loving and always shares whatever she is playing with or food she has with others. She is never selfish. She is a healthy baby.
Agresha’s mother joined the RCP Program in November 2018 when she was eight months pregnant with Agresha. Agresha’s favorite food is cooked bananas. She likes to jump rope, count, and sing baby songs. She has two older brothers. Agresha’s mom says she understands so much and that Agresha is very helpful to her. She can ask Agresha to do things like bring her the salt while she is cooking, and Agresha is able to do them. Her mom also says that she was touched by the workshop on bonding and attachment and it has helped her to have a very strong bond with Agresha, more than with her other two children when they were babies. Agresha is a happy baby all the time.
Octavian’s mother joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Octavian’s favorite foods are ugali, beans, and vegetables. He loves to play with a soccer ball and sing gospel music. His mom would like for him to become a police officer. Octavian has two older siblings. Octavian’s mom is so happy with her son and says he has a very good understanding compared to her other two children at his age. His mom also says that the services she has received from Global Volunteers, such as the workshops and the meals, have been very helpful for her child’s growth and for him to have a healthy weight all the time.
Third Birthday: At this milestone, a child’s vocabulary should be expanding, and s/he should making up stories and play activities, and learning to build relationships. This month, we celebrate the third birthdays of seven children!
Nuru Msigala – December 5, 2017 from Makungu
Sincere Nyamoga – December 26, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Eva Kivamba – December 30, 2017 from Lulindi
Christian Giha – December 6, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Samwel Mpalanzi – December 19, 2017 from Mkalanga
Nickson Kasuga – December 21, 2017 from Ukwega
Samweli Mlengela – December 30, 2017 from Lulindi
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Sincere’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017 when she was four months pregnant with Sincere. Sincere’s favorite food is ugali with vegetables. She loves to pretend that she is cooking when she sees her mother cooking. Sincere has three older sisters ages 7, 9, and 16 who are all in school. Sincere is a very happy child and can sometimes be shy. Her sisters take care of her and play with her a lot.
Nickson’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Nickson’s favorite foods are rice and beans. He likes to play with a soccer ball and with his friends in the village. Nickson is the first born in his family. Nickson experienced some challenges after birth when he had nose bleeding for about three months without knowing the source but later, he recovered. He also became very weak due to that, but ever since he is in the program and his mother implemented at home what she has learned in workshops and at the clinic, Nickson has been doing very well. His mother reports that he is now healthy and happy. His mother would like for Nickson to become an electrical engineer when he grows up.
Christian’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017 when she was four months pregnant with Sincere. Christian is the first born in his family. His favorite foods are Rise Against Hunger meals, ugali with beans, meat and vegetables, and fruit. He loves to play soccer with his friends and do running races. His mother reports that he is a happy baby all the time. His mother is very happy that she was able to be in the RCP Program since the beginning because she obtained knowledge on how to better raise her child. She said her baby has been growing very healthy and happy.
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 two children who are turning four!
Riziki Kikoti – December 17, 2016 from Lulindi
Noela Chove – December 23, 2016 from Mkalanga
Learn more about the two children who are celebrating their fourth birthday this month:
Noela’s mother joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Noela’s favorite foods are rice and fruits. She loves to jump rope and count. She has two older brothers ages 16 and 11. Noela was suffering from a regular cough and runny nose, but after joining the program her mom learned a lot about how to keep a baby healthy and from there she never suffered from a cough again. Noela’s mom says Noela understands so much and she is a hard worker. She likes to help her mom fetch water in small containers for use at home.
Riziki’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017. Riziki’s favorite foods are rice, ugali with beans, fish, bananas, potatoes, and fruits. He loves to pretend he is a carpenter and do mechanical things like make wooden cars and motorbikes. He also likes to play soccer. Riziki has two sisters: Angel (age 5) and Ester (age 5 months). His mother says he is doing great because he is healthy and happy.
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