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 43 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 July, 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 14 children!
Grace Kisoma – July 1, 2020 from Ukwega
Gabriel Kivaga – July 4, 2020 from Ukwega
Janeth Uhagile – July 6, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Catherine Luhwago – July 14, 2020 from Lulindi
Gloria Kikoti – July 17, 2020 from Mkalanga
Rehema Mhadisa – July 20, 2020 from Ukwega
Ester Wihale – July 20, 2020 from Lulindi
Mariam Myumbo – July 23, 2020 from Ukwega
Prince Kaguo – July 27, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Frank Kahemela – July 4, 2020 from Ukwega
Kendrick Mgaya – July 13, 2020 from Mkalanga
Florence Mlasu – July 17, 2020 from Lulindi
Mansury Muya – July 18, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Acret Kikoti – July 24, 2020 from Mkalanga
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Acret’s mother joined the RCP Program in January 2020. Acret is still exclusively breastfeeding. He absolutely loves to crawl. Acret is the first born in his family. His mother says she is really benefitting from the program and the services provided.
Ester’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2017. Ester’s favorite foods are ugali, beans, avocado, and bananas. She likes to play with her mom. She has one sister and one brother. Her parents hope that Ester will grow well and reach her full potential. They appreciate that the RCP Program has helped them learn different parenting skills.
Florence’s mom joined the RCP Program in March 2020. Florence’s favorite foods are rice, meat, and ugali with beans. She loves to play with toys and with her older sister, Careen. Florence’s mom says she is so happy to be in the program and the services are very helpful to her family.
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 11 children!
Jovin Kikoti – July 5, 2019 from Mkalanga
Prince Kaguo – July 5, 2019 from Makungu
Lazaro Kitosi – July 8, 2019 from Ukwega
Privan Msungu – July 19, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Given Kitosi – July 21, 2019 from Ukwega
Denis Chusi – July 24, 2019 from Mkalanga
Jayvan Kasuga – July 27, 2019 from Mkalanga
Vanessa Mpinge – July 1, 2019 from Lulindi
Zera Kilave – July 7, 2019 from Ukwega
Shani Luwola – July 25, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Helena Mbeyunge – July 26, 2019 from Makungu
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Jovin’s mom joined the RCP Program in May 2018. Jovin’s favorite foods are bananas, avocados, and rice with chicken. He loves playing soccer with other kids and driving toy cars. He has three siblings. Jovin’s mother is very pleased with the program because it has helped her child to grow well with the supply of porridge and health services she receives. She is so glad that her child doesn’t get sick. Jovin is so playful, active, and friendly.
Given’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019, about a month before she had Given. Given’s favorite foods are ugali, beans, and avocado. He loves to play soccer. He has three siblings. Given is doing very well. He is active and brave. Her mother says she is very happy to be a part of and thankful for the RCP Program.
Privan’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2019. Privan’s favorite foods are bananas, vegetables, and rice with beans. He has one sibling. He likes to make balls and play with other kids. Privan’s mom says the RCP Program is helping Privan to grow healthier and happy.
Denis’ mom joined the RCP Program in March 2019. His favorite foods are rice, bananas, and cooked potatoes. He loves singing gospel songs and playing cooking with other children. Denis is the first born in his family. Denis’ mom says that after joining the program when she was five months pregnant, she was able to learn about healthy pregnancy, nutrition, and how to take care of herself.
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 11 children!
Sheila Nyalusi – July 10, 2018 from Ukwega
Dostia Kasuga – July 17, 2018 from Ukwega
Daniela Mapunda – July 20, 2018 from Mkalanga
Julieth Kahemela – July 24, 2018 from Makungu
Cleria Kunzugala – July 25, 2018 from Mkalanga
Christina Mlawa – July 25, 2018 from Ukwega
Medrick Makukulu – July 8, 2018 from Makungu
Cleva Makwega – July 12, 2018 from Ukwega
Benjamin Kavindi – July 15, 2018 from Ukwega
Martini Mbwelwa – July 16, 2018 from Ukwega
Abel Myungile – July 29, 2018 from Ukwega
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Sheila’s mom joined the RCP Program in August 2019. Sheila’s favorite foods are rice and beef. She loves to jump rope and play with baby dolls. She has one brother. Sheila’s mom hopes she will become a doctor. She says Sheila is doing very well and is very bright.
Daniela’s mom joined the RCP Program in April 2018. Daniela’s favorite foods are rice, bananas, and fish. She loves jumping, running, drawing, and writing. She has one sister. Daniela’s mom hopes Daniela will become a nurse when she grows up. She says she loves the program as it has helped her gain knowledge about health.
Abel’s favorite foods are rice, tea, ugali, chapatti, and the porridge provided by Global Volunteers. Abel is the first born in his family. He loves driving toy cars and kicking balls. Abel’s mom hopes Abel will become a doctor when he grows up. She says Abel is very healthy and bright.
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 7 children who are turning 4!
Kelvin Kikoti – July 7, 2017 from Lulindi
Brown Msamba – July 16, 2017 from Mkalanga
Francis Kunzugala – July 17, 2017 from Mkalanga
Cleverine Mbale – July 27, 2017 from Lulindi
Shanifa Giha – July 3, 2017 from Mkalanga
Evelyn Chusi – July 16, 2017 from Mkalanga
Hazina Msamba – July 28, 2017 from Mkalanga
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Hazina’s mom joined the RCP Program in April 2018. Hazina’s favorite foods are rice and beans. She is the first born in her family. She loves to skip rope. Her mom says she wants to stay in the program because the workshops are very useful and applicable in her life. She says she is so happy that she receives free health services at the Ipalamwa General Clinic.
Shanifa’s mom joined the RCP Program in April 2018. Shanifa’s favorite foods are ugali, rice, and avocado. She loves playing with other children. She has four sisters and four brothers. Shanifa’s mom says the RCP Program has helped her to learn so much through workshops and home visits.
Kelvin’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2017, one month before Kelvin was born. Kelvin’s favorite foods are ugali, beans, avocado, and chicken. He loves to play with riding toys, sing, and play soccer with his friends. Kelvin’s mom hopes her son will reach his full potential, perform well in school, and become an engineer when he grows up.
Evelyn’s mom joined the RCP Program in May 2018. Evelyn’s favorite foods are rice and beans. She is the first born in her family. She loves singing the counting numbers song. Her mom says she just loves the RCP Program.
Learn more about the impact of Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in this story.