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 52 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 September, 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 15 children!
Joyful Kikoti – September 2, 2020 from Ipalamwa
Jesca Kibiki – September 3, 2020 from Ukwega
Venestaria Kitosi – September 3, 2020 from Ukwega
Sophia Mgoba – September 8, 2020 from Ukwega
Maureen Mbugi – September 15, 2020 from Mkalanga
Gresha Mpalanzi – September 24, 2020 from Ukwega
Grace Njaro – September 27, 2021 from Ipalamwa
Joshack Msungu – September 6, 2020 from Makungu
Kelvin Kivamba – September 6, 2020 from Makungu
Batromayo Fugutilo – September 10, 2020 from Mkalanga
Bahati Kikoti – September 11, 2020 from Makungu
Erasto Bakuza – September 14, 2020 from Ukwega
Bless Kigava – September 17, 2020 from Ukwega
Adrais Kibiki – September 24, 2020 from Mkalanga
Hansi Mpalanzi – September 25, 20202 from Ukwega
Learn more about five of the children who are celebrating their first birthdays this month:
Batromayo’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Batromayo’s favorite foods are ugali, beans, and bananas. He loves playing with sand on the ground. He has two siblings. Batromayo has been making good progress as he is trying to stand by himself and getting ready to walk.
Adrais’ mom joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Adrais’ favorite foods are ugali, beans, and meat. He loves to play games and make noise with toys. He has two brothers. Adrais’ mom hopes he will become a teacher when he grows up. Adrais walks and holds objects at the same time. He is active and has a good appetite.
Jesca’s mom joined the RCP Program in January 2020. Jesca’s favorite food is cooked bananas. She loves playing with local toys. She is the first born in her family. Jesca’s mom hopes Jesca will become a nurse when she grows up. Her mother says she is a very happy child and is doing well.
Maureen’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2020 when she was six months pregnant. Maureen’s favorite food is ugali with beans. She loves to play with toys. She is the first born in her family. Maureen’s mom said she loves the program so much because it helps her gain knowledge on how to raise children and advance the wellbeing of her family. She loves the nutritious porridge that helps her baby grow.
Hansi’s mom joined the RCP Program in February 2020. His favorite foods are ugali, avocado, and beans. He loves playing with local cars. He is the first born in his family. His mom says she is so happy with what she has learned through RCP workshops and home visits.
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 16 children!
Prosper Kiwola – September 10, 2019 from Ukwega
Provini Myungile – September 13, 2019 from Ukwega
Bakari Mraba – September 13, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Florian Mpalanzi – September 18, 2019 from Ukwega
Patrick Madenge – September 19, 2019 from Makungu
Nathaniel Kasuga – September 22, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Nashon Kipemba – September 29, 2019 from Makungu
Salma Najro – September 6, 2019 from Lulindi
Peaceneith Yottam – September 9, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Neema Mfukwe – September 9, 2019 from Ukwega
Evelin Lwanzali – September 17, 2019 from Mkalanga
Nancy Lazaro – September 17, 2019 from Ukwega
Selina Mbwelwa – September 22, 2019 from Ukwega
Evelika Mbwelwa – September 22, 2019 from Ukwega
Areyness Kivamba – September 23, 2019 from Mkalanga
Faith Nosa – September 25, 2019 from Ipalamwa
Learn more about three of the children who are celebrating their second birthdays this month:
Neema’s mom joined the RCP Program in June 2020. Neema’s favorite foods are rice and beans. She loves to play kitchen. She is the first born in her family. Neema’s mom hopes she will become a doctor when she grows up.
Evalika’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when she was seven months pregnant. Evalika’s favorite food is Global Volunteers’ nutritious porridge. She loves playing with toys with other children. She is the first born in her family. Evalika’s mom hopes she will become a nurse when she grows up.
Salma’s mom joined the RCP Program in September 2019 when Salma was born. Salma’s favorite foods are rice, fish, beans, porridge, and fruits. She likes counting, drawing, and playing with different toys. Salma has five siblings. Salma’s mom hopes Salma will be able to get a good education.
Nashon’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when she was seven months pregnant. Nashon’s favorite foods are rice, beans, ugali, and eggs. He likes playing football with other children and singing. He is the first born in his family. Nashon’s mom is very happy that he is growing healthy. She hopes that one day he will reach his full potential.
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 16 children!
Bethania Kasuga – September 4, 2018 from Ukwega
Mariam Issa – September 6, 2018 from Ukwega
Editha Kasuga – September 6, 2018 from Ukwega
Evenlight Kasuga – September 8, 2018 from Ukwega
Loveness Mfugale – September 8, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Marry Makukuru – September 16, 2018 from Mkalanga
Hilda Kipemba – September 20, 2018 from Ukwega
Neema Kikoti – September 21, 2018 from Makungu
Rachel Mlagile – September 28, 2018 from Mkalanga
Joseph Kikoti – September 7, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Michael Nosa – September 8, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Samweli Duma – September 15, 2018 from Lulindi
Haruni Kikoti – September 22, 2018 from Makungu
Juniour Mkedege – September 25, 2018 from Ukwega
Graison Ndamba – September 26, 2018 from Makungu
Isack Kibiki – September 27, 2018 from Ukwega
Learn more about four of the children who are celebrating their third birthdays this month:
Mariam’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when Mariam was ten months old. Mariam’s favorite foods are meat and rice. She loves to jump rope with friends. She has two siblings. Mariam’s mom says she is hopeful Mariam will be able to reach her full potential.
Hilda’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when Hilda was ten months old. Hilda’s favorite foods are fruits and rice with vegetables. She loves to play kitchen. She has one sibling. Hilda is healthy and doing well, her mother says. She hopes Hilda will become a nurse when she grows up.
Evenlight’s mom joined the RCP Program in July 2019 when Evenlight was ten months old. Evenlight’s favorite food is rice with vegetables. She likes to play with soccer balls. She has one sibling. Evenlight’s mom says she is so happy to be a part of the program as she learns a lot through RCP workshops. She says the hand-washing station has helped her family be free from infectious diseases.
Samweli’s mom joined the RCP Program in December 2018 when Samweli was three months old. Samweli’s favorite foods are rice and beans, potatoes, and fruits. He likes riding wood toy cards. He has five siblings. Samweli’s parents hope he will be able to get a good education so he can become a professional of any kind 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 5 children who are turning 4!
Ahabu Kikoti – September 15, 2017 from Lulindi
Bryton Kiwone – September 21, 2017 from Mkalanga
Gian Msuva – September 24, 2018 from Ipalamwa
Dorcass Kikoti – September 18, 2017 from Mkalanga
Shalom Mtengela – September 22, 2017 from Lulindi
Learn more about the four children who are celebrating their fourth birthdays this month:
Bryton’s mom joined the RCP Program in March 2018 when Bryton was six months old. Bryton’s favorite foods are rice, beans, bananas, and vegetables. He likes helping his mother fetch water and collect firewood as well as playing soccer with other children. He is the first born in his family and has three younger siblings. Bryton’s mom says he is doing great and will start kindergarten in 2022.
Ahabu’s mom joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017 when she was seven months pregnant with Ahabu. Ahabu’s favorite foods are bananas and ugali with beans. He loves playing soccer, riding toy cars, and writing. He has one sibling. Ahabu’s parents hope he will become a doctor when he grows up and they plan to ensure he gets such education.
Gian’s mom joined the RCP Program in March 2018 when Gian was six months old. Gian’s favorite foods are porridge, rice, ugali, bananas, fish, avocado, and guava. He likes playing soccer with dogs, singing, playing with local toys, and writing and counting numbers. He has one sister. Gian’s mom says he is very adaptable and understanding. She hopes he will become a teacher when he grows up.
Shalom’s mom joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017 when she was seven months pregnant. Shalom’s favorite foods are ugali, beans, fish, potatoes, rice, vegetables, bananas, avocado, and pineapple. She loves to play kitchen, pretend she is washing clothes, fetch water with her mom, and play with baby toys. She has five siblings. Her parents say they wish that Shalom will get a quality education so that they can improve their life.
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