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 40 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, 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 9 children!
Johnstone Chongela – March 1, 2021 from Makungu
Edrick Msamba – March 7, 2021 from Makungu
Ibrahim Kipemba – March 13, 2021 from Ipalamwa
Johashi Luginile – March 18, 2021 from Ukwega
John Chusi – March 20, 2021 from Mkalanga
Ongeza Ngusi – March 22, 2021 from Ukwega
Johnson Ngaile – March 27, 2021 from Mkalanga
Vanessa Msilu – March 28, 2021 from Makungu
Felista Msamba – March 30, 2021 from Mkalanga
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Johnson’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Johnson’s favorite food is ugali with vegetables and beans. He likes to sing songs even if his words aren’t very clear, yet. He loves to smile. Johnson has two siblings: sister Judith (age 8) in Standard Three and brother Junior (age 6) who is in kindergarten at Mkalanga Primary school. Johnson is growing very well and he is very active. He has reached all of his development milestones for his age. He can stand on his own without any support.
John’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018. John’s favorite foods are rice and beans, ripe bananas, and avocados. He likes to play with toys. John has two sisters: Eveline (age 5) who is in kindergarten and Clara (age 3). John’s mother says that John is healthier than his sisters were at his age. She says that this is because she started giving him solid food at the right time and taking care of hygiene. His mom says that she truly appreciates the program for all the services it provides to families.
Johashi’s mom joined the RCP Mom in June 2021 when Johashi was three months old. His favorite food is ugali with meat. Johashi likes driving toys around. He has one sibling, a four-year-old brother named Davis. Johashi’s mom is so thankful for the program although she just joined last year, she says. She has managed to help her child grow in good health. He has gotten good health services at the Ipalamwa General Clinic and is free of diseases most of time. Through home visits, she says she has understood basic skills which help her to know how to keep her family healthy.
Johnstone’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2020. Johnstone’s favorite food is the fortified porridge provided by Global Volunteers. Johnstone likes to play with toys with his sister. He has two siblings: sister Lilian (age 6) who is in Standard One and brother Jackson (age 4). Johnston’s mother says the program has helped her child’s growth very much due to the porridge the family receives from Global Volunteers and the medical services from Ipalamwa General Clinic.
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 9 children!
Noela Nkanawa – March 14, 2020 from Mkalanga
Joyce Makinda – March 19, 2020 from Mkalanga
Maria Joshua – March 31, 2020 from Makungu
Taliq Kikoti – March 1, 2020 from Makungu
Simon Masanula – March 3, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Ayub Mwenga – March 23, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Nokia Kimbwene – March 24, 2020 from Ukwega
Abraham Msungu – March 24, 2020 from Mkalanga
Dominant Lwanzali – March 28, 2020 from Mkalanga
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Abraham’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Abraham’s favorite foods are ugali with beans and fruits. He likes to play soccer with his brother and help his parents cultivate crops. He has one sibling, a brother named Bernard who is eight years old and in Standard Two at Mkalanga Primary School. Abraham’s mom hopes her son will become a doctor when he grows up. Since she has been receiving education on raising children, it has helped her very much, she says. She says that she has been able to see that the program is effective in helping families by concentrating on moms and children and nutrition and hygiene.
Ayub’s mom joined the RCP Program in November 2020. Ayub’s favorite foods are the fortified porridge from Global Volunteers, rice, beans, vegetables, and fruits. He likes to play soccer and make cars out of boxes. Ayub is the first born in his family. Ayub’s mother says he is growing well because of the nutritious porridge provided by Global Volunteers and the nutrition education she has obtained through home visits and workshops.
Dominant’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2018. Dominant’s favorite foods are boiled sweet potatoes, rice with meat, beans, and avocado. He likes playing with his brother and making wood cars to ride on. Dominant has one older brother, Bright (age 4). Dominant is healthy and growing very well thanks to Global Volunteers’ RCP Program as it has enabled both her children to benefit from health and nutrition services. She says she has been gaining knowledge on health and nutrition as well as how to improve her economy. She is a member of an RCP women’s coop where she learns entrepreneurial skills that are making her life easier, she says.
Nokia’s mom joined the RCP Program in December 2019 when she was six months pregnant with Nokia. Nokia likes to eat rice with meat and vegetables as well as ripe bananas and avocado. He likes to play with soccer balls. He has four siblings: brother Alfani (age 25), sister Hongera (age 17), brother Amani (age 15), and sister Afineth (age 10). Nokia’s mom says she is so grateful for the RCP Program because she has received education on how to raise newborns and that is why her baby is healthy.
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 12 children!
Michael Kikoti – March 10, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Gift Myumbo – March 15, 2019 from Ukwega
Moses Mkemwa – March 15, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Habib Kisoma – March 17, 2019 from Ukwega
Habati Kidava – March 19, 2019 from Lulindi
Jovin Kidava – March 27, 2019 from Makungu
Baraka Wihale – March 29, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Vivian Lwanzali – March 11, 2019 from Mkalanga
Kayline Elias – March 14, 2019 from Mkalanga
Eva Mbata – March 16, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Clara Joseph Kahemela – March 17, 2019 from Mkalanga
Shani Mbilinyi – March 27, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Clara’s mom joined the RCP Program in January 2019 when she was seven months pregnant with Clara. Clara likes to eat makande, a dish with kidney beans and maize, with avocado. She likes making mud dolls with her sister and neighborhood children. Clara has one sibling, her sister Mary who is six years old and in kindergarten. Clara was commonly sick, leading to weight loss. Her mother received more frequent home visits from her RCP Caregiver and she has put into practice what she has learned in workshops. Clara has been improving and her weight has increased in the last few months.
Vivian’s mom joined the RCP Program in April 2019, just after Vivian was born. Vivian’s favorite food is rice and beans with avocados. She likes playing soccer, helping her mother with kitchen chores, and playing kitchen. Vivian has one brother, Ezekiel, who is 7 years old and in kindergarten. Vivian’s mother says that Vivian is growing well and that they have benefitted from services in the program that help keep her child healthy.
Jovin’s mom joined the RCP Program in September 2020. His favorite foods are rice and beans and ripe bananas. He likes to play soccer with other neighboring children. He has one brother, Johnson, who is six years old and not yet in school. Jovin’s mom says she is very thankful for the program and how she has been receiving education from the workshops and from the RCP caregivers about nutrition and hygiene.
Habati’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2018. Habati’s favorite foods are the fortified porridge from Global Volunteers, ugali with beans, avocados, guava, and bananas. He likes listening to music and dancing, playing soccer, and counting numbers. Habati has four sisters and three brothers: sister Lesta (age 25), sister Monika (age 22), brother Benedict (age 19), sister Beatrice (age 17), sister Husna (age 14), brother Agano (age 12), and brother Mood (age 9). Habati is in kindergarten at Mawaki nursery school. He likes to go to school and learn and play with other students.
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 10 children who are turning 4!
Upendo Magava – March 8, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Pretty Issah – March 11, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Erida Mhungulu – March 17, 2018 from Ukwega
Ester Giha – March 31, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Bishop Nyangwa – March 5, 2018 from Mkalanga
Bright Matandala – March 6, 2018 from Mkalanga
Peter Wihale – March 12, 2018 from Mkalanga
Jovini Kasuga – March 26, 2018 from Ukwega
Jonson Kasuga – March 26, 2018 from Ukwega
Shedrack Kivamba – March 27, 2018 from Lulindi
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Johnson and Jovin Kasuga
Johnson and Jovin are twins. Their mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019. They like eating rice and beans, bananas, and avocados. They like to play soccer with their neighborhood friends. They don’t have any siblings. Their mom says that the workshops and home visits have helped her raise her children in a good way without any complications by following the things she has been taught.
Shedrack’s mom joined the RCP Program in August 2018 when Shedrack was five months old. His favorite foods are ugali with vegetables and rice and beans. He likes to play soccer, draw different shapes, count numbers, sing school songs, and run with his sister. He has one sister, Chen, who is seven years old and in Standard One. Shedrack is very social and likes to be exposed to different environments. He likes school. His mom hopes he will be able to get a good education and support her sometimes in the future.
Erida’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Erida likes to eat rice with beans. She likes to play dodge ball with her friends and siblings. She has four siblings: brother Said (age 21) who is in secondary school, sister Atupelye (age 18), sister Veronica (age 12) who is in Standard Five, and brother Ezekiel (age 8) who is in Standard Two. Erida’s mom is so thankful for the program because she says Erida is much more charming and happy than her siblings were at her age. She says this is due to the education she has been receiving from the workshops and home visits. Erida has also mastered speaking Swahili very well compared to her siblings.
Pretty’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2018 when Pretty was three months old. Pretty likes eating rice and beans and sometimes chicken. Pretty likes to jump rope with her relatives and other neighborhood children. Pretty is the first born in her family and she doesn’t have any siblings. Her mother is very thankful for the program since it offers free medical services for her family. She is also a member of one of the RCP women’s coops where she can learn entrepreneurial skills and increase her income with a small business.
Learn more about the impact of Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in this story.