What’s more fun than BABIES? In this series, we focus on the newest members of the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program in Tanzania — newborns. In this post, we welcome six babies born in August 2021. Their moms joined the program to provide them a healthy start at life, and the nutrition and care needed to grow strong and realize their potential. Global Volunteers’ RCP Program helps parents deliver essential services to eliminate child stunting in the Ukwega Ward. It’s a child-focused, parent-driven, family-centered, and community-led comprehensive effort beginning with pregnancy, and continuing through the 18th birthday, with a focus on the first 1,000 days of life.
Six beautiful babies were born to RCP mothers in August at the Ipalamwa General Clinic. RCP moms are encouraged to give birth at Global Volunteers’ healthcare facility and are invited to stay in the guest house before and after the birth. Please join us in welcoming Alvin, Ivan, Fausta, Natasha, Amos, and Falestina!
Alvin Mhanga was born on August 1 to RCP mom Getruda Chusi from Lulindi village. Alvin weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces, had a head circumference of 13.8 inches, and measured 21.3 inches long. Alvin has seven siblings: brother Juhudi (age 18), sister Josephine (age 16), sister Imelda (age 14), sister Anna (age 10), sister Jeifa (age 7), sister Lemina (age 5), and brother Joel (age 3). Getruda joined the RCP Program in January 2018.
Ivan Makilika was born on August 15 to RCP mom Amina Makilika from Mkalanga village. Amina joined the RCP Program in April 2018. Ivan weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces, had a head circumference of 12.6 inches, and measured 19.3 inches long. Ivan has four older brothers: Elisha (age 19), Victor (age 14), Shukrani (age 10), and Fabiani (age 5).
Fausta Kipingi was born to RCP mom Oliva Sevetu on August 18. Oliva is from Makungu village and joined the RCP Program in February 2018. Fausta weighed 5 pounds 12 ounces, had a head circumference of 12.6 inches, and measured 18.1 inches long. She has two siblings: sister Veronica (age 7) and brother Efrahim (age 4).
Natasha Mbugi was born to Julieth Lwanzali on August 21. Julieth is an RCP mom from Mkalanga village who joined the RCP Program in April 2021, when she was five months pregnant. Natasha weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces, had a head circumference of 13 inches, and measured 19.3 inches long. She is the first born in her family.
Amos Mlasu was born to RCP Mom Namwendea Kikoti on August 23. Namwendea is from Ipalamwa village and joined the RCP Program in December 2017. Amos weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces had a head circumference of 14.6 inches, and measured 19.7 inches long. Amos has three siblings: sister Praise (age 9) and brothers Bryson (age 7) and Joram Hongore (age 4).
Falestina Kahemela was born to Norina Chavala on August 23. Norina is an RCP mom from Ukwega village who joined the RCP Program in January 2018. Falestina weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces, had a head circumference of 14.2 inches, and measured 18.9 inches long. She is the first born in her family.
Welcome to the world, babies!
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