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 41 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 November, 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 8 children!
Christina Lunyali – November 10, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Gloria Mhadisa – November 11, 2020 from Lulindi
Careen Lwanzali – November 12, 2020 from Mkalanga
Debora Kasuga – November 28, 2020 from Mkalanga
Mercy Kikoti – November 17, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Gift Kikoti – November 21, 2020 from Mkalanga
Narsi Tula – November 29, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Yarsi Tula – November 29, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Careen’s mom joined the RCP Program in September 2020 when she was seven months pregnant with Careen. Careen’s favorite foods are mashed potatoes, avocado, and porridge. Careen loves to crawl and walk while supporting herself. Careen has two siblings: Catherine (age 16) and Anne (age 7). Careen’s mother says she is so happy that her child is in good health and is growing well as she receives micronutrients and porridge which enable her to ensure that Careen eats porridge each morning and evening. She also says that she is very grateful for the services that the program offers, such as the medical services, which allow her child and family to be treated and to be safe from diseases. She hopes Careen will become a teacher when she grows up.
Gift’s mom joined the RCP Program in September 2020 when she was seven months pregnant with Gift. Gift’s favorite foods are potatoes, bananas, beans, and porridge. He loves crawling and playing with toys. Gift has two siblings: Shedrack (age 13) and Johnson (age 7). Gift’s mother says she is thankful for all the helpful information she has learned from her RCP Caregiver, for the technologies such as the hand-washing station she has received, and the free medical services at Ipalamwa General Clinic.
Gloria’s mom joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017. Gloria’s favorite foods are ugali with beans or meat, rice, bananas, milk, and mashed potatoes. She loves playing with other young children, crawling, and playing with her mother. Gloria has a baby sister, Catherine, who is one month old. Gloria’s mother says that Gloria is growing very well and what she has learned in the RCP Program is helping her take care of her children.
Christina’s mom joined the RCP program at its inception in July 2017. Christina’s favorite foods are ugali with beans and vegetables, bananas, potatoes, and avocados. She likes crawling and playing with local toys. She also loves playing with her brother Joel. Christina has two older brothers: Baraka (age 6) and Joel (age 3). Christina is a very active and social baby.
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!
Paulo Kavindi – November 1, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Nifiti Mmewa – November 10, 2019 from Ukwega
Johnson Mng’ong’o – November 16, 2019 from Makungu
Goodhope Mfugale – November 23, 2019 from Lulindi
Evaristo Gwimile – November 27, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Emmanuel Kalinga – November 29, 2019 from Mkalanga
Coreta Kajiba – November 5, 2019 from Ukwega
Bertha Makongwa – November 5, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Mariether Seluhinga – November 7, 2019 from Ukwega
Emmakulata Kitosi – November 10, 2019 from Ukwega
Joyneta Myenda – November 16, 2019 from Mkalanga
Lestina Nzogela – November 17, 2019 from Mkalanga
Johnson’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when she was five months pregnant with Johnson. Johnson’s favorite food is rice and beans. He likes driving local cars. He has an older brother, Joel, who is five years old. In July 2021, Johnson became sick and lost his appetite. He became stunted according to his monthly measurements at the Ipalamwa General Clinic (IGC). His RCP Caregiver advised his mother to take the child to the IGC, where Johnson was treated. His RCP Caregiver conducted more frequent home visits to oversee Johnson’s development and spoke with his mom about feeding him nutritious foods. His mother did that and Johnson’s health improved and he started to gain weight. Johnson is now a healthy child and his mom says she is so appreciative for the help she has received in the program.
Coreta’s mom joined the RCP Program in August 2020 when Coreta was nine months old. Coreta’s favorite food is Global Volunteers porridge. She loves carrying toys around. Coreta is the first born in her family. Her mom says she is very thankful for the program because before Coreta was not growing well and she was identified as stunted according to the monthly measurements taken at the Ipalamwa General Clinic. But due to effective home visits and efforts carried out by her mom in the program, Coreta is no longer stunted. She is progressing well and is in good health.
Emmakulata’s mom joined the RCP Program in December 2020, when Emmakulata was 13 months old. Emmakulata’s favorite foods are cooked bananas and avocado. She loves to play hide and seek. She has an older brother, Michael, who is five years old. Emmakulata is a bright and healthy child. She began speaking earlier than her brother did. She is only two years old, but can speak very well and clearly. Her mom shares that before she joined the program, Emmakulata was facing some health challenges as she did not want to breast feed and was losing weight. Her mom has attended workshops and learned a lot through home visits, she says. Emmakulata’s health improved greatly and she has not been sick again.
Joyneta’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Joyneta’s favorite thing to eat is rice and beans with ripe bananas. She loves to sing gospel songs, jump rope, and pretend she is cooking. Joyneta’s has eight siblings: Asia (age 23), who is married, Francisco (age 22), Yohana (age 20), Olifani (age 19), Aita (age 17), Johari (age 8), Jasco (age 6), and Kishani (age 4). Joyneta’s mom says the program has helped her learn a great deal about hygiene and reducing the risk of diseases and infections. She says the porridge provided by Global Volunteers has also helped Joyneta grow well and be in good health.
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!
Dorota Mwitula – November 5, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Jovitha Nzogela – November 6, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Furaha Kahemela – November 10, 2018 from Makungu
Loveness Munyi – November 10, 2018 from Lulindi
Fausta Mgoba – November 16, 2018 from Ukwega
Nashra Mgeveke – November 18, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Robison Mkakatu – November 2, 2018 from Makungu
Good Seleman – November 2, 2018 from Mkalanga
Johnson Mahewa – November 3, 2018 from Ukwega
Daniel Mbata – November 6, 2018 from Ukwega
Adonat Sulime – November 12, 2018 from Mkalanga
Hamza Kitosi – November 26, 2018 from Ukwega
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Johnson’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019 when Johnson was seven months old. His favorite foods are rice with meat, avocados, and ripe bananas. He loves to build mud houses and play with toy cars made locally using plastic bottles. Johnson has one sister, Suzana, who is seven years old. His mom says she sees a big difference in Suzana and Johnson. She says that since she joined the program, she has attended various workshops on topics such as eating nutritious food while pregnant, breastfeeding, and the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. She has managed to breastfeed Johnson for two years and has fed him nutritious food starting when he was six months old. Because of that, she says, Johnson is growing very well and he is developing faster than Suzana was at his age. His mom started feeding Suzana solid food when Suzana was only four months old, which caused some health challenges for Suzana. His mom says she is so thankful for the program because she has been receiving education on nutrition and hygiene. Johnson has been growing in good health and he is very bright.
Dorota’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2018 when she was four months pregnant with Dorota. Dorota was named after Global Volunteers Director of International Operations Dorota Wierzbicka. Dorota likes eating rice and beans with fruits such as avocados and oranges. She likes to play with other children, jump rope with her sister, and make mud houses. Dorota has one older sister, Dorcus, who is eight years old. Dorota’s mom says she is so happy with the RCP Program due to the services the program offers, especially the free medical services available to RCP families. She says she is so pleased with what she has learned in the Parents’ Club and that the hand-washing station has helped her family very much because no one has suffered from diarrhea since they started using it. She adds that she is very thankful that Global Volunteers provides nutritious porridge and EarthBoxes so that they can have nutritious foods available right at home.
Hamza’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019 when Hazma was eight months old. His favorite foods are ugali and rice and beans. He likes playing soccer with other children and his siblings. Hazma has five siblings: Leusta (age 15), Edson (age 12), Dabio (age 9), Krinton (age 6), and Notaliki (age 5). Hamza’s mom says she is very thankful for the program because Hamza is very bright and is more active than his siblings were at his age.
Good’s mom joined the RCP Program in October 2018 when she was eight months pregnant with Good. Good likes to eat potatoes, rice and beans, and eggs. He loves to play soccer with other children. He has one older brother, Christian, who is five years old. Good’s parents say that the program has been so helpful, especially when Good has been sick and they have been able to receive free medical attention. His mom says that the program has helped Good to grow well and that he understands things better than Christian did when he was younger. Good’s parents hope he will become a doctor 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 9 children who are turning 4!
Elia Nyambinga – November 1, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Jacob Tula – November 2, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Omary Mgeveke – November 3, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Fanuel Sulime – November 3, 2017 from Mkalanga
Clavian Kitosi – November 17, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Rose Kibiki – November 3, 2017 from Ukwega
Nancy Method – November 13, 2017 from Lulindi
Melis Kadinda – November 19, 2017 from Mkalanga
Miriam Kibiki – November 24, 2017 from Ukwega
Learn more about the four children who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Rose’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Rose’s favorite thing to eat is cooked bananas with fruits such as avocado. Her favorite thing to do is play dodge ball. She has two siblings: Aiva (age 12) and Brighton (age 10). Rose’s mom said she is so pleased with the knowledge she has acquired in the RCP Program through the workshops and weekly home visits with her RCP Caregiver because this has helped her to raise her child better and her child to grow well. She says Rose shows more understanding than her two older siblings and that difference is due to the program.
Melis’ mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018 when Melis was three months old. Melis’ favorite food is rice with beans. She likes to play with local toys, fetch water with her mom, and help her mom to find firewood. Melis is the first born in her family. Her mom says she is very appreciative of the RCP Program due to all the knowledge she has acquired through workshops and home visits with her RCP Caregiver. She says that the technologies such as hand-washing stations and the EarthBoxes have helped her child grow in good health and be very interactive.
Miriam’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019. Miriam likes to eat rice with meat and she loves to pretend she is cooking like her mom does. She is the first born in her family. Miriam was born without any physical problems, but was not meeting her development milestones. She was ill for long stretches of time before her mom joined the program. Once Miriam’s mom was in the program, she shared her concern about Miriam not crawling or eating well with her RCP Caregiver. Miriam was able to work with physical therapy volunteers and now she is doing great. Read more about Miriam’s physical therapy here. Her mom is very thankful to Global Volunteers because the work with volunteers has helped her child significantly. She is also grateful for the knowledge that her RCP Caregiver has shared with her on nutrition, hygiene, and exercises she should do with Miriam.
Nancy’s mom joined the RCP Program in November 2017, the same month Nancy was born. Nancy likes to eat pilau (spiced rice), ugali, and vegetables with meat. She loves to play cooking with other children, write, and sing with the church choir. Nancy has two siblings: Regina (age 10) and Mexon (age 7). Nancy’s mom is a member of the Parents’ Club, where she says she has been learning different things through discussions. She hopes Nancy will be able to reach her full potential.
Learn more about the impact of Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in this story.