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 seven babies born in February and March 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.
Five beautiful babies were born to RCP mothers in February and March 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 the babies born to mothers Evelida, Kijaneth, Kizima, Asifiwe, and Zakina!
Vareliada Mkuyu was born to Evelida Mwitula on February 26, 2021. Evelida is an RCP mom from Ipalamwa village who joined the program in December 2020. Baby girl Vareliada weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces, had a head circumference of 13.8 inches, and measured 18.9 inches long. Vareliada is the firstborn in her family.
Kijaneth Kitule gave birth to a baby boy on March 13, 2021. Kijaneth is an RCP mom from Ipalamwa who joined the program at its inception in 2017. We haven’t learned of this newborn’s name quite yet. Baby boy weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces, had a head circumference of 14.4 inches, and measured 18.9 cm long. Kijaneth’s newborn baby has five older siblings ages two to 13 years.
Hizima Nkanawa gave birth to a baby boy on March 20, 2021. Hizima is an RCP mom from Mkalanga village who joined the program in March 2018. We haven’t learned of this newborn’s name, yet. Baby boy weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces, had a head circumference of 13 inches, and measured 18.5 inches long. This newborn baby boy has two older sisters: Evelin (age 3) and Clara (age 1 year 10 months).
Asifiwe Fugutilo gave birth to a baby boy on March 26, 2021. Asifiwe is an RCP mom from Mkalanga village who joined the program in March 2018. This newborn baby born hasn’t been named, yet. He weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, had a head circumference of 14.4 inches, and measured 19.7 inches long. Asifiwe’s newborn baby has two older siblings: Judith (age 7) and Junior (age 5).
Zakina Nyualingo gave birth to a baby girl on March 28, 2021. Zakina is an RCP mom from Makungu village who joined the program in February 2021. This newborn baby hasn’t yet been named. She weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces, had a head circumference of 14 inches, and measured 18.5 inches long. This is Zakina’s firstborn child.