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 23 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 May, 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 6 children!
Samweli Mbelwa – May 5, 2020 from Ukwega
Daniel Muha – May 16, 2020 from Ukwega
Nabii Ngahatilwa – May 19, 2020 from Makungu
Praise God Kameta – May 25, 2020 from Makungu
Richard Mtengela – May 27, 2020 from Makungu
Hilbrand Mwilafi – May 25, 2020 from Lulindi
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Hilbrand’s mother joined the RCP Program in September 2019, when she was pregnant with Hilbrand. Hilbrand’s favorite foods are ugali and beans. She loves playing with toys with her older brother, Denis. Hilbrand’s mother says she is so happy with RCP and the hand-washing station, which Denis uses all the time.
Praise God Kameta
Praise God’s mother joined the RCP Program in November 2019. His favorite foods are ugali, beef, and beans. He likes to play with his brothers, Joel and Anointing. His mother says she loves the RCP Program because of everything she has learned about health and the services they have received.
Samweli’s mother joined the RCP Program in May 2019. Samweli’s favorite foods are avocado, rice, fish, ugali, and bananas. He loves playing with different toys. He also likes to play with soccer balls. Samweli has one older sister. Samweli’s mother says that he is doing great.
Richard’s mother joined the RCP Program in August 2019. His favorite foods are rice and beans. He likes to play with toys, especially cars. He has two brothers: Meckson and Gidion. Richard’s mother says the RCP Program provides her son with so many benefits.
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 7 children!
Matrida Mpalanzi – May 16, 2019 from Ukwega
Martha Mbungu – May 21, 2019 from Mkalanga
Sarah Chusi – May 24, 2019 from Lulindi
Erick Lwanzari – May 1, 2019 from Mkalanga
Nathaniel Nyamoga – May 1, 2019 from Ukwega
Brighton Mbata – May 2, 2019 from Ukwega
Albenego Nyaulingo – May 4, 2019 from Makungu
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Sarah’s mother joined the RCP Program in August 2019. Sarah’s favorite foods are potatoes, ugali, beans, and rice. She loves playing with fruits and enjoys playing with other children. Sarah has two brothers and a sister. Sarah’s mother hopes she will become an engineer when she grows up.
Nathaniel’s mother joined the RCP Program in August 2019. Nathaniel’s favorite foods are beans, pilau, smashed fish, and bananas. He loves playing with toys and other children. Nathaniel has two older sisters. His mother hopes he will become a nurse when he grows up. Nathaniel’s mother says that many children will reach their potential in the RCP Program.
Bryton’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2019. His favorite foods are ugali, bananas, rice, vegetables, and bread. He loves to play soccer. He has one older brother. Bryton’s mother hopes he will become an artist when he grows up.
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 5 children!
Milki Kasuga – May 3, 2018 from Ukwega
Elbeneza Mlonganile – May 22, 2018 from Mkalanga
Vanessa Mgoba – May 5, 2018 from Ukwega
Faraja Matinya – May 16, 2018 from Mkalanga
Marko Kisawike – May 21, 2018 from Mkalanga
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Vanessa’s mother joined the RCP Program in August 2019. Vanessa’s favorite foods are ugali with vegetables and beans. She also loves fruits, especially bananas and avocados. Vanessa has five siblings. Her mother hopes she will become a nurse when she grows up.
Milki’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Milki’s favorite foods are rice, porridge, and beans. He loves to play soccer. He has four siblings. Milki is a very active and bright child. His mother hopes he will become a doctor when he grows up.
Faraja’s mother joined the RCP Program in June 2018, when Faraja was a month old. Faraja’s favorite foods are bananas, Rise Against Hunger meals, and rice. She loves playing with other children and singing. She has one brother. Her mother that she is so impressed with the RCP Program and that Faraja just loves the Rise Against Hunger meals.
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 5 girls who are turning 4!
Lidya Nyenza – May 14, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Flora Kauga – May 16, 2017 from Lulindi
Remida Kikoti – May 22, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Catherine Mgayani – May 23, 2017 from Lulindi
Grace Ningu – May 31, 2017 from Lulindi
Learn more about the two girls who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Lidya’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017. Her favorite foods are ugali, bananas, fish, and rice. She loves to play with toys, wash clothes, and pretend she is cooking. Lidya has one sister. Her mother hopes she will become a doctor when she grows up.
Grace’s mother joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017. Grace’s favorite foods are bananas and ugali with vegetables. She loves playing with other children. She is the first born in her family. Her mother hopes she will become an RCP caregiver when she grows up.
Learn more about the impact of Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in this story.