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 36 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 June, 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 11 children!
Cleria Mtenda – June 11, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Heavenlight Duma – June 29, 2020 from Lulindi
Revina Lwanzali – June 29, 2020 from Mkalanga
Gregory Stephano – June 5, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Yeremia Kibiki – June 6, 2020 from Ukwega
Isaka Mwang’asi – June 9, 2020 from Lulindi
Evandar Kunzugala – June 16, 2020 from Mkalanga
Tyson Kunzugala – June 16, 2020 from Mkalanga
Travis Makaye – June 18, 2020 from Lulindi
Amani Mlengela – June 28, 2020 from Lulindi
Mickson Mkakatu – June 30, 2020 from Makungu
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Travis’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2020 just after Travis was born. Travis’s favorite foods are ugali and beans. He loves playing with toys with his siblings. He has four brothers and two sisters, who all study at school. Travis’s mother says that she hopes the RCP Program continues for many generations as children truly benefit from it.
Heavenlight’s mother joined the RCP Program in November 2019. Heavenlight’s favorite foods are guava, bananas, potatoes, ugali, and beans. She loves to play kitchen and with toys. Heavenlight is the first born in her family. Her mom joined the RCP Program before she had Heavenlight, but was not very active in the program. After Heavenlight was born in June 2020, her mom became worried about Heavenlight’s health as she had been losing weight for two months in a row. She started participating more in the program and Heavenlight’s weight has increased.
Levina’s mom joined the RCP Program in January 2020. Levina’s favorite foods are avocados, rice, fish, ugali, and vegetables. She loves playing with other children and playing kitchen. She has one older sister. Levina’s mom says the RCP Program has greatly impacted her children and family through the services provided, including meals, hand-washing stations, and EarthBoxes.
Yeremia’s mother joined the RCP Program in September 2020. His favorite foods are rice and beans. He loves to play the drums. Yeremia’s mom reports that he is a very healthy boy and she hopes he will become a soldier when he grows up.
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 6 children!
Ivan Mbosa – June 2, 2019 from Lulindi village
Lightness Mbwelwa – June 3, 2019 from Mkalanga
Fausta Ngasakwa – June 3, 2019 from Lulindi
Linesy Kasimila – June 13, 2019 from Lulindi
Asia Mongo – June 13, 2019 from Lulindi
Plaxeda Kasuga – June 17, 2019 from Mkalanga
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Fausta’s mom joined the RCP Program in August 2019. Fausta’s favorite foods are potatoes, ugali, beans, and chicken. She loves playing with toys with friends. Fausta’s mom hopes that her daughter will be able to reach her full potential and become a great person with the help of the RCP Program. She hopes that Fausta will become an engineer when she grows up.
Ivan’s mom joined the RCP Program in January 2019. His favorite foods are Rise Against Hunger meals, ugali, rice, beans, avocados, and vegetables. He loves writing, drawing, looking at picture books, and singing with his mother. Ivan is the first born in his family. Ivan’s mom hopes her son becomes a leader when he grows up. She is so grateful to the RCP Program that her son is in good health.
Plaxeda’s mom joined the RCP Program in September 2019. Plaxeda’s favorite foods are rice, vegetables, bananas, plantains, avocados, and mangoes. She loves playing kitchen and soccer. She has one older brother. Plaxeda’s mom says she is so happy to receive Rise Against Hunger meals as they allow her to save money on food.
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 13 children!
Gabriel Mwakyusa – June 4, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Prosper Luginile – June 6, 2018 from Ukwega
Alfred Mkemwa – June 8, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Suleimani Chambulila – June 11, 2021 from Makungu
Joeli Lunyali – June 18, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Timotheo Kombole – June 21, 2018 from Ukwega
Omary Kipingi – June 22, 2018 from Ukwega
Scola Njaro – June 4, 2018 from Lulindi
Gloria Kadege – June 12, 2018 from Mkalanga
Sophia Lubida – June 16, 2018 from Mkalanga
Linah Kadilo – June 16, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Femia Kahemela – June 21, 2018 from Ukwega
Adventina Myumbo – June 25, 2018 from Lulindi
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Suleiman’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when Suleiman was one month old. His favorite foods are rice and beans. He loves playing soccer and listening to music. He also loves to pray and sing. Suleiman has three older brothers.
Femia’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019 when Femia was one year old. Femia’s favorite foods are bananas, rice, beans, and avocados. She has two older siblings who she loves to play with. Femia’s mom says she has learned so much in the program, especially about how to raise a healthy child. She says that she notices that Femia is brave and active. She hopes Femia will become a nurse when she grows up.
Scola’s mom joined the RCP Program in October 2018. Scola’s favorite foods are ugali, rice, beans, avocados, and chicken. She loves playing with toys with her neighbor friends, dancing to music, and singing. Scola has two older sisters and one brother, who are all in school. Her parents say they are so thankful for all of the services provided through RCP. They hope their daughter will become a doctor when she grows up.
Gabriel’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2018 when Gabriel was one month old. Gabriel’s favorite foods are rice, Rise Against Hunger meals, and fruits, especially ripe plantains and avocados. He loves playing with other children. He is the first born in his family. His mother reports that he is a very active and happy child. She hopes Gabriel will become a teacher when he grows up.
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 6 children who are turning 4!
Winner Kisapile – June 10, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Careen Mtengela – June 21, 2017 from Lulindi
Benadetha Msola – June 22, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Azoli Mfilinge – June 4, 2017 from Mkalanga
Kalebu Mligo – June 9, 2017 from Mkalanga
Baraka Mbofu – June 26, 2017 from Mkalanga
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Careen’s mom joined the RCP Program when it began in July 2017. Careen’s favorite foods are rice, ugali, beans, and avocados. She loves playing kitchen with her mom and other children. Careen has one brother. Careen’s mom says that the program has helped her learn how to raise healthy children. She also says the services at the Ipalamwa General Clinic and being able to get medication free of charge are very helpful to her family. She loves being able to get vegetables from her EarthBoxes.
Azori’s mom joined the RCP Program in March 2018. Azori’s favorite foods are beans, rice, and bananas. He loves playing with other children and attending church, especially listening to gospel music and going to Sunday school. Azori has one sibling. Azoli’s mom says that she notices that unlike Azoli’s peers, Azoli never seems to get sick. He is growing very well. She attributes this to the information she’s received on handwashing, nutrition, and other topics. She says she has applied the knowledge she has acquired in workshops with her family. Azori’s mom is also a member of the RCP women’s co-op in her village.
Bernadetha’s mom joined the RCP Program when it began in Tanzania in July 2017. Bernadetha’s favorite foods are ugali, fish, bananas, rice, vegetables, meat, and pineapple. She loves to dance to music, jump rope, and play kitchen. Bernadetha has one sister and one brother. Her mom hopes she will become a singer when she grows up.
Learn more about the impact of Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in this story.