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 November 2020. 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.
Seven beautiful babies were born to RCP mothers in November 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 Ezra, Mercy, Kendrick, Jenipha, Debora, Kulwa, and Doto!
Ezra Lunyali was born on November 10 to RCP mom Maria Kilave from Ipalamwa village. Ezra is a baby boy who weighed 6 pounds 9.8 ounces, had a head circumference of 13.78 inches, and measured 19.7 inches long. Ezra has two older siblings: Baraka (age 4) and Joel (age 2). Maria joined the RCP Program at its inception in July 2017, before Joel was born.
Mercy Kikoti was born on November 17 to RCP mom Hilda Kasuga from Ipalamwa village. Mercy is a baby girl who weighed 4 pounds 6.5 ounces, had a head circumference of 12.6 inches, and measured 19.3 inches long. Mercy is the first born in her family. Hilda joined the RCP Program in October 2020 when she was eight months pregnant.
Kendrick Mbata was born on November 21 to RCP mom Zawadi Mlasu from Lulindi village. Kendrick is a baby boy who weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces, had a head circumference of 13 inches, and measured 19.7 inches long. Kendrick has three older siblings: two brothers, Mikael (age 14) and Beni (age 12), and one sister, Asnat (age 4). Zawadi joined the RCP Program in July 2020 when she was five months pregnant with Kendrick.
Jenipha Sauga was born on November 24 to RCP mom Grace Chusi from Makungu village. Jenipha is a baby girl who weighed 5 pounds 4.7 ounces, had a head circumference of 12.6 inches, and measured 17.7 inches long. Jenipha is the first born in her family. Grace joined the RCP Program in November 2020 before giving birth to her first child.
Debora Kasuga was born on November 29 to RCP mom Regina Kiwine from Mkalanga village. Debora is a baby girl who weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces, had a head circumference of 13 inches, and measured 20 inches long. Debora is the first born in her family. Regina joined the RCP Program in November 2020 just before becoming a mom.
Baby boy twins Kulwa and Doto Mwitula were born on November 29 to RCP mom Farida Sagamadunda from Ipalamwa village. Kulwa weighed 4 pounds 3 ounces, had a head circumference of 12.6 inches, and measured 17.3 inches long. Doto weighed 2 pounds 10 ounces, had a head circumference of 11 inches, and measured 14 inches long. The twins were born premature (32 weeks) and after being born at the Ipalamwa General Clinic, were transferred to a medical facility in Iringa for further care. The twins have a four-year-old sister, Scola. Farida joined the RCP Program in September 2017.
Welcome to the world, babies!
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