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 35 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 March, 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 9 children!
Joyce Makinda – March 14, 2020 from Mkalanga
Lina Wihale – March 19, 2020 from Mkalanga
Kyline Elias – March 20, 2020 from Mkalanga
Mariam Mtenga – March 30, 2020 from Makungu
Taliq Kikoti – March 1, 2020 from Makungu
Simon Masanula – March 3, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Robison Msungu – March 5, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Abrahamu Msungu – March 24, 2020 from Mkalanga
Nokia Kimbwebne – March 24, 2020 from Ukwega
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Mariam’s mother joined the RCP Program in May 2019. Mariam’s favorite foods are Rise Against Hunger meals and rice and beans. She loves playing with toys and other children. Mariam has two older brothers. Mariam’s mother is so appreciative of the services at the Ipalamwa General Clinic and the RCP workshops. She says she is so happy that she has learned how to prevent disease.
Abrahamu’s mother joined the RCP Program in February 2020. Abrahamu’s favorite foods are rice with meat, and potatoes. He loves to play with a soccer ball and clap his hands. He has an older brother. Abrahamu is a very active child and his mother thinks that the program has helped her son to grow well and in good health.
Joyce’s mother joined the RCP Program in November 2019. Joyce’s favorite foods are sweet potatoes, bananas, and avocados. She loves to sing at church. She is the first born in her family. Her mother says she is so grateful for the services offered by the RCP 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 12 children!
Vivian Lwanzari – March 11, 2019 from Mkalanga
Christina Kabogo – March 14, 2019 from Mkalanga
Eva Mbata – Marcha 16, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Veronica Chuisi – March 17, 2019 from Mkalanga
Shani Mbilinyi – March 27, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Meshack Makongwa – March 9, 2019 from Lulindi
Michael Kikoti – March 10, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Moses Mkemwa – March 15, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Gift Myumbo – March 15, 2019 from Ukwega
Habibu Kisoma – March 17, 2019 from Ukwega
Albati Kidava – March 19, 2019 from Lulindi
Baraka Wihale – March 29, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Habibu’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Habibu’s favorite foods are beef, fish, and bananas. He loves playing with a soccer ball and with other children. He has two older brothers and two older sisters. His mother says that he has a very bright mind and is doing great. He loves Rise Against Hunger meals and micronutrient supplementation.
Gift’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Gift’s favorite foods are cooked bananas and beef. He loves to play with drums. He has three older siblings. Gift says he wants to be a teacher, and his mother says he is doing great and is healthy.
Albati’s mother joined the RCP Program in February 2018. He eats a variety of foods. He loves to pretend he is cooking and working in the field. He also loves playing with toy cars and soccer balls. He has four siblings. Albati is a very social child who loves to walk around and play with friends.
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 6 children!
Jovin & Johnson Kasuga (twins) – March 26, 2018 from Ukwega
Miriam Mlongalilie – March 5, 2018 from Mkalanga
Upendo Kigava – March 8, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Pretty Issa – March 11, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Esta Giha – March 31, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Jovin & Johnson Kasuga
Jovin and Johnson’s mother joined the RCP Program in September 2019. Jovin’s favorite foods are rice, Rise Against Hunger meals, and potatoes. Johnson’s favorite foods are rice, bananas, and cassava. The boys love playing together and with other children, especially with soccer balls. The twins’ mother is so grateful that the program was introduced in her village and for teaching her how to take care of her children. She also says that the volunteer who visited her at her house with the RCP caregivers taught her new things and gave her the courage to take good care of her children.
Pretty’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017 when she was pregnant with Pretty. Pretty’s favorite foods are beans, rice, and ugali. She loves playing with toys and other children. Pretty’s mother is very happy with the RCP Program and loves the Rise Against Hunger meals. She hopes her daughter will become a doctor.
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 8 children who are turning 4!
Clara Joseph – March 2, 2017 from Mkalanga
Evanet Lwanzari – March 3, 2017 from Mkalanga
Bright Mtandala – March 18, 2017 from Mkalanga
Ana Kipemba – March 29, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Rihanta Matela – March 30, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Ibrahimu Maluli – March 2, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Moses Msamba – March 15, 2017 from Lulindi
Yusuph Ramadhani – March 31, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about the three children who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Ana’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017. Ana’s favorite food is ugali with beans. She loves to play with toys made from mud. She has five older siblings – one sister and four brothers – who are all in school. Ana’s mother says that the RCP Program has made it easier for her to raise Ana because of the help she has gotten from workshops.
Ibrahim’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017. His favorite foods are ugali, beans, rice, and vegetables. He loves playing with other children. He has three brothers and four sisters. Ibrahim’s mother says that she has been raising Ibrahim differently from her older children because the program has helped her to learn many different things. She hopes Ibrahim will become a carpenter when he grows up.
Yusuph’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017. Yusuph’s favorite foods are ugali, rice, and beef. He loves playing with other children and making different things. He has one younger brother. Yusuph’s 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.