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 50 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 October, 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 10 children!
Daniel Kigawa – October 9, 2020 from Mkalanga
Benson Mhehe – October 9, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Felix Bakuza – October 14, 2020 from Ukwega
Yohana Wihale – October 22, 2020 from Ukwega
Vanessa Makaye – October 2, 2020 from Ukwega
Macrina Nyamoga – October 3, 2020 from Mkalanga
Shafani Mgeveke – October 7, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Florian Mgeveke – October 10, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Clara Ngandango’o – October 16, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Givaneth Chumbura – October 23, 2020 from Ukwega
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Felix’s mom joined the RCP Program in August 2020 when she was seven months pregnant. Felix’s favorite foods are cooked bananas and the porridge provided by Global Volunteers. He loves playing drums with other children and playing with his two siblings. Felix’s mom says that Felix is growing better than her first two children were at his age. He is gaining weight consistently, and his mother attributes this to what she has learned about feeding her baby through RCP workshops. She said the most important thing was to breastfeed him exclusively for the first six months, which she didn’t do with her first two children. She says she is very pleased with how Felix is doing in the program.
Macrina’s mom joined the RCP Program in November 2020 after Macrina was born. Macrina is the first born in her family. Her favorite foods are fish and ugali with beans and vegetables. She loves playing with local toys and making houses with mud or sand on the ground. Macrina’s mom says she is very grateful for the RCP Program because of the excellent medical services her family has received at the Ipalamwa General Clinic and the information she receives through cooking demonstrations and flipcharts during home visits with her RCP caregiver. Macrina’s mom hopes her daughter will become a teacher when she grows up.
Yohana’s mom joined the RCP Program in August 2020 when she was seven months pregnant with Yohana. Yohana’s favorite foods are ripe bananas, avocado, and ugali with vegetables and beans. He has two siblings: Matrina (in Standard 3) and Efrida (in Standard 1). He likes to play soccer with his siblings and other children. Yohana’s mother says he is growing better than her first two children were at his age. She says this is due to the education she has received through RCP workshops and the help of her caregiver during home visits. She says her caregiver has especially encouraged her to practice good hygiene so that Yohana doesn’t experience diarrhea like his siblings did.
Clara’s mother joined the RCP Program in October 2020 when Clara was born. Clara’s favorite foods are the porridge provided by Global Volunteers, rice with beans and vegetables, and fish. She also likes fruits like ripe bananas, avocado, and oranges. She likes to make mud houses with other children. Clara is the first born in her family. Clara’s mom says she is very thankful for the program because she has been receiving education on various things such as eating a balanced diet and the important of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Clara is a very healthy and intelligent 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 14 children!
Anziwike Kitosi – October 8, 2019 from Ukwega
Cleopatra Lwanzali – October 10, 2019 from Mkalanga
Adelina Kalinga – October 13, 2021 from Lulindi
Sabrina Lubugo – October 16, 2019 from Lulindi
Abelia Msola – October 17, 2019 from Ukwega
Nasero Chavala – October 19, 2019 from Ukwega
Noreeni Duma – October 23, 2019 from Ukwega
Lightness Giha – October 23, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Gregoriattee Ndenga – October 25, 2019 from Ukwega
Jenifa Kigava – October 30, 2019 from Ukwega
Gervas Sulime – October 21, 2019 from Mkalanga
Naude Chalale – October 26, 2019 from Ukwega
Junior Msungu – October 26, 2019 from Mkalanga
Himidi Chavala – October 31, 2019 from Makungu
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Junior’s mother joined the RCP Program in March 2019 when she was two months pregnant. Junior’s favorite foods are rice with beans, meat, fruits, and the porridge provided by Global Volunteers. He likes to play soccer with other children. Junior is the first born in his family. His mom is very happy with his good health and growth. She says she is especially thankful for the education that she has received from her RCP caregiver on meal preparation and nutrition. Junior was sick for a few months and lost weight, but with the meal preparation and childcare education she received along with the nutritious porridge, his mother says that Junior has gotten better and has caught up on his growth. He was previously stunted, but is now at a healthy weight and height.
Lightness’ mom joined the RCP Program in December 2019 when Lightness was two months old. Lightness’ favorite foods are rice, potatoes, bananas, ugali with beans or fish, and fruits, especially avocados, pineapple, and oranges. She likes to pretend wash clothes and cook. She also likes playing soccer with her older brother, Shalom, and other children. Lightness is healthy and her parents hope she will be able to get higher education and have a job so that she can help them in the future.
Himidi’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when she was six months pregnant. Himidi’s favorite foods are rice with beans as well as fruits, especially mangoes. He loves to drive local cars. He has two brothers: Evans (in Form 1) and Merick (in Standard 4). In March and April, Himidi wasn’t showing much growth. His RCP Caregiver conducted more frequent home visits to oversee the development of the child and create a proper eating timetable for the baby to make sure that he got a balanced diet. Himidi then started gaining weight. He is now meeting his development milestones and is in good health.
Cleopatra’s mom joined the program in February 2019 when she was pregnant. Cleopatra’s favorite foods are bananas and rice and beans. She loves to play cooking games with other children. She has one sister, Janetolia. Cleopatra’s mother is happy that her child is growing well and healthy. She says that the nutrition education she receives from her RCP caregiver along with the porridge provided by the program enable her child to eat healthily and meet her nutritional needs.
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 17 children!
Japhet Ngendelo – October 1, 2018 from Lulindi
Aden Nyalusi – October 3, 2018 from Ukwega
Godwin Mgoba – October 3, 2018 from Ukwega
Godson Mhadisa – October 3, 2018 from Ukwega
Iddi Mtei – October 9, 2018 from Ukwega
Gideon Nyamoga – October 15, 2018 from Lulindi
Abimeleck Kaywanga – October 23, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Daniel Ndenga – October 27, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Zzakaria Mgaya – October 31, 2018 from Ukwega
Lightness Mwitula – October 9, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Fausta Kikoti – October 11, 2018 from Mkalanga
Bless Kipingi – October 16, 2018 from Makungu
Patricia Mgeni – October 21, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Betha Mgeveke – October 23, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Irene Mtweve – October 24, 2018 from Lulindi
Grace Msigala – October 25, 2018 from Makungu
Ulluda Kikoti – October 28, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Bless’ mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when Bless was nine months old. Bless’ favorite foods are rice, meat, and bananas. She likes to play with local toys with other children. She has two siblings: a sister, Bishelda, who is in Standard 5, and a brother, Laizer, who is in Standard 3. Bless’ mom says Bless is doing well and that she is very grateful to the RCP Program because of that. She hopes that Bless will become a nurse when she grows up.
Godson’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2019 when Godson was eight months old. His favorite food is rice with beans and vegetables. He likes building local toys. He has three siblings: Gift, Justini, and Enewa. Godson’s mother is very happy with everything she has been able to learn in the RCP Program, and says it is helping her raise a happy and healthy family. She says Godson is very bright and active.
Irene’s mom joined the RCP Program in October 2018 after Irene was born. Irene’s favorite foods are rice with beans, ugali, papaya, and avocado. She likes singing religious songs and playing pretend cooking with mud with other children. Irene has three sisters and two brothers. Irene’s parents say they are so happy to be a part of the RCP Program because it helps them to learn more things. Her mom says that she sees a big difference between Irene and her other children at her age in that Irene is active and learns things more easily. Her parents hope she will become a social worker when she grows up.
Ulluda’s mom joined the RCP Program in November 2017. Ulluda’s favorite foods are rice, ugali, beans with vegetables, ripe bananas, and avocado. She likes to play with local toys with other children. Ulluda has one older brother, Liston. Ulluda’s mom says that what she likes most about the RCP Program is the education and knowledge she acquires during workshops and home visits.
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!
Happy Makukuru – October 1, 2017 from Mkalanga
Neema Mpalanzi – October 7, 2017 from Lulindi
Janeth Myamba – October 23, 2017 from Mkalanga
Miriam Lwanzali – October 24, 2017 from Mkalanga
Prisca Lugenge – October 29, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Nathaniel Mhandisa – October 13, 2017 from Mkalanga
Hemed Nduta – October 16, 2017 from Mkalanga
Alvaro Makilika – October 26, 2017 from Mkalanga
Jese Giha – October 31, 2017 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about the four children who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Janeth’s mom joined the RCP Program in March 2018 when Janeth was five months old. Janeth likes eating rice with avocados and beans. She loves to play with toys and other kids. Janeth is the first born in her family. Her mom is happy that Janeth has grown so well and she is so thankful to continue receiving different materials from the program each month such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, and hand soap.
Neema’s mom joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017 when she was six months pregnant with Neema. Neema’s favorite foods are ugali, vegetables, potatoes, bananas, and rice with chicken. She likes to play with toys with other children, jump rope, draw, and dance. Neema has two siblings. Neema’s father is so impressed with the RCP Program. He says that he has seen that the children in the community look happier and healthier, and that there is more awareness among families. He said, “I’m a member of the Parents’ Club where I have learned so much. And my wife attends RCP workshops to help us raise our children.”
Happy’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018 when Happy was four months old. Happy’s favorite foods are rice, vegetables, and meat. She likes playing with local toys and helping her mother wash dishes. Happy has two sisters. Her mom hopes she will become a nurse when she grows up. Happy’s mom says she appreciates the RCP Program because she has learned so many things, including how to cook nutritious foods through cooking demonstrations carried out by RCP caregivers.
Prisca’s mom joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017 when she was six months pregnant with Prisca. Prisca’s favorite foods are rice with beans, ugali with fish and vegetables, oranges, and avocados. She likes to play with local toys, pretend she is cooking, and help her mother fetch water. Prisca has one sister and two brothers. Prisca’s mom hopes she will become a teacher when she grows up.
Learn more about the impact of Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in this story.