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A Collection of Stories Told by RCP Families

A COLLECTION OF STORIES TOLD BY RCP FAMILIES
A COLLECTION OF STORIES TOLD BY RCP FAMILIES
RURAL UKWEGA WARD, TANZANIA
OCTOBER 2020
A COLLECTION OF STORIES TOLD BY RCP FAMILIES
Children are the future! At Global Volunteers we are working with partner
communities to ensure that every child will have the appropriate environment to
reach their potential.
Our Reaching Children's Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program in Tanzania is a
child-focused, parent driven, family centered, and community led comprehensive
effort beginning with pregnancy and continuing through the 18th birthday,
focusing on the first 1,000 days of life. RCP engages short-term volunteers who
help parents deliver essential services to eradicate Hunger, improve Health, and
enhance Cognition with the goal of eliminating child stunting in the Ukwega Ward,
throughout Tanzania, across Africa, and around the world. Through RCP, families
obtain the food, nutrition, health care, knowledge, technology, and
encouragement needed to combat stunting, and to ensure their children can
realize their full potential. Our goal is to expand the program's reach to other
parts of Tanzania, throughout Africa, and across the globe – wherever we are
invited.
In this story collection book, RCP families in Tanzania share their experience, and
explain how their involvement in the program is improving their lives.

A COLLECTION OF STORIES TOLD BY RCP FAMILIES RURAL UKWEGA WARD, TANZANIA OCTOBER 2020
Atanasia Chuma had the opportunity to learn about the RCP Program from friends
that were already participating “I have friends in Ipalamwa who joined the RCP
Program and explained to me the importance of the program and how it has helped
them so much to improve their children’s lives through the meals distributions, the
workshops and home visits.”
Meet Atanasia Chuma, an RCP mother from Ukwega, enrolled in the RCP program
in May 2020, while pregnant with her third child. Her past, first-hand experience
with a stunted child equipped her with the passion and need to learn, and set
better foundations for her children's development.
ATANASIA CHUMA
ATANASIA CHUMA
WHY I DECIDED TO ENROLL MY FAMILY TO THE RCP PROGRAM
Son Raymond - age 9
Son Lucas - age 4
Expecting the third child
Atanasia and Myumbo have 2
children and expecting the third:
Lives in
Ukwega, Tanzania
Happily married to
Myumbo
Joined the RCP Program
in May 2020
Atanasia said,
"Ijoined the RCP programbecause
Idid not want my expected child
in the womb tobe stunted, like
my second child."
Read more about Atanasia and other RCP families at our blog
The stories of healthy babies, children and families with less diarrhea, and the earlier
experience with a severely sick son led Atanasia to join the RCP Program while being
pregnant with her third baby. “I joined the RCP Program because I did not want my
expected child in the womb to be stunted, like my second child. I suffered a lot due
to lack of awareness. My second child got constipation, he had trouble gaining
weight, and his total body was swollen. He did not want to eat well, which led him to
be hospitalized for a month due to malnutrition,” Atanasia shared and added, "I saw
other families having hand-washing stations, which helped them to wash their
hands. Even my children admire these so much that they go there to practice how to
wash their hands."
Few days after Atanasia joined the program, she was referred to visit the Ipalamwa
General Clinic, as she was suffering from an abdominal and back pain. “I was so
impressed! The Global Volunteers driver came to pick me up to attend a pre-natal
care session at the clinic,” and continued, “After that visit, I was informed that I had a
urinary tract infection in an otherwise healthy pregnancy. I was so happy to get
medication and intensive care at my pre-natal visit at the Ipalamwa General
Clinic. I did not expect a clinic in a rural area to provide services like
ultrasound. Now I feel good and have confidence that I will have a safe
delivery. I hope to learn more and have a healthy family!
Lenida was born and raised in Ipalamwa but her husband is from another village in
the Iringa Region called Tanangozi. They met when David visited his sister who was
married in Ipalamwa. "I ended school when I was in ninth grade because of my
pregnancy, as I was not allowed to attend school anymore. After our marriage, we
decided to settle here in Ipalamwa. We support each other on everything."
Meet Lenida Nyenza, a mother of three from Ipalamwa, who enrolled in the RCP
Program in June 2018. Lenida wanted to join the RCP Program since it started, but
her husband's hesitations kept her from doing it. After a year, she decided to take
the step and join the program, and today Lenida and her husband are actively
participating and sharing their positive experience with other families in the area,
motivating them to join too.
LENIDA NYENZA
LENIDA NYENZA
HER HUSBAND'S RESERVATIONS AND THE DECISION TO JOIN RCP
Daughter Mary - age 13
Son David - age 10
Daughter Keshia - age 18
months
Lenida and David have 3 children:
Lives in
Ipalamwa, Tanzania
Happily married to
David
Joined the RCP Program
in June 2018
Lenida said,
"From the RCP Program I have
discovered that a very little things
like washing your hands and
eating properly can change your
life."
Read more about Lenida and other RCP families at our blog



When Lenida heard about the RCP Program and its benefits to the participants she
knew that this was something that she wanted to do for herself and her unborn
baby, “I was pregnant and I couldn’t get enough food in a day. I was going to the
farm early in the morning and coming back in the evening. Our farm is almost three-
hour walking distance from our home. I had one meal per day!” Despite her
husband’s reservations, she decided to join the program, “Soon after registration I
got fortified porridge, so I started cooking porridge in the morning and going with it
out to work in the field,” said Lenida and added, “Before the RCP Program, I was
weak and weighed 82 pounds, but soon after I started eating the provided
porridge my weigh increased till I delivered my baby I reached to weigh 154
pounds and my baby was born at 7 pounds and 11 ounces.” 
Lenida was happy to see such improvement in her health and it was then that her
husband also started to understand the importance of the program and decided to
start getting to know more, “Now he likes the program so much. He was also very
happy with the workshop for fathers which was conducted about STDs.”
“The RCP Program has been life changing and has brought positive results to my
family. From the RCP Program I have discovered that a very little things like washing
your hands and eating properly can change your life. Washing hands frequently and
having nutritious meals is very important to the health of the family. Sometimes we
might undergo a scarcity of food in the house so the Rise Against Hunger meals have
been very helpful. I love Rise Against Hunger meals because I feel much energy
after I eat. My children, especially the little one, is now very healthy and is
consistently gaining weight. She is very active. We used to have a lot of illnesses
like diarrhea, stomach fever, regular running nose, and coughing. All of my children
were getting sick very frequently, but since we have the hand-washing station,
we have not experienced these types of illness for a long time now.” said Lenida.
.

Elestuta got to know about the RCP Program and its positive results to the life of
local people from a friend who was part of the program in Ipalamwa. "I decided to
join RCP because it helps reduce malnutrition. Caregivers and volunteers teach us
about health and nutrition."
Meet Elestuta Mfikwa, a mother of two from Makungu, who enrolled in the RCP
program in June 2020.
ELESTUTA MFIKWA
ELESTUTA MFIKWA
CHANGING MY FAMILY'S LIVES THROUGH THE RCP PROGRAM
Son Karim
Son Fraiko
Elestuta has 2 children:
Lives in
Makungu, Tanzania
Happily married 
Joined the RCP Program
in June 2020
 Elestuta said,
"I hope in the future, our village
will have healthier children
because of the RCP Program."
Read more about Lenida and other RCP families at our blog



“I heard the RCP Program supports pregnant women and children to improve their
health, and to help with healthy deliveries. I heard about RCP workshops, which are
so helpful to our daily lives. I can receive a hand-washing station and Rise Against
Hunger (RAH) meals in the program. When my relative from Ipalamwa was sick, the
Global Volunteers car helped her to go to Iringa town for medication. I think I will get
an opportunity to practice new things and learn more how to solve problems facing
children and moms, rather than rely on traditional ways of child rearing,” said
Elestuta.
Elestuta said she likes the RCP Program because it helps to reduce children
malnutrition through simply teaching the parents about health and nutrition,
knowledge that they did not have before. “I want my life to change in all aspects. I
have to have healthy children. I want to learn more and to be an example to my
family and other community members. I hope in the future, our village will have
healthier children because of the RCP Program.”
"I decided to join the RCP Program on May 22 this year because I wanted to learn,"
said Sophia and added, "When I visited the Ipalamwa General Clinic for medical
issues, I was satisfied with the treatment and how they care about the children. I
want to have more help, new knowledge and skills to help my child grow. Also, I want
to work closely with RCP caregivers to get support on how to rise well my kids. I hope
to have a happy life with my family."
Meet Sophia Lukonde, a single mother of two from Ukwega, who enrolled in the
RCP program after she visited the IpalamwaGeneralClinic seeking medical care for
her baby.
SOPHIA LUKONDE
SOPHIA LUKONDE
RCP GIVES ME THE SUPPORT I NEED TO RAISE MY CHILDREN WELL
Son Hashimu Shabani - age 4
Daughter Noela - age 6 months
Sophia has two children:
Lives in
Ukwega, Tanzania
Single mother
Joined the RCP Program
in May 2020
Sophia said,
"I want to have more help, gain
new knowledge and skills to help
my child grow and develop
normally."
Read more about Sophia and other RCP families at our blog



The health of my child Noela concerns me the most. Four months after I
delivered, I noticed that she didn’t have eye contact and she was not responding to
toys or anything that came close to her. I visited the closest dispensary, and they just
gave me medicine for treatment for six days. But my child still had the problem after
finishing the treatment, so the situation remained the same. It was then that I
decided to visit the Ipalamwa General Clinic (IGC) for treatment. The doctors there
identified that my child has a problem of eye contact. They advised me to go to a
special hospital for help. This made me feel so supported, and it was helpful to know
where I was supposed to refer my child. It was so hard to know all this by myself.”
Satisfied from the service and the care at the clinic, Sophia decided to join the
program, “I want to have more help, gain new knowledge and skills to help my child
grow and develop normally. I expect Noels will continue to improve as I learn
more. Also, I want to work closely with RCP caregivers to get support on how to raise
well my kids. I hope to have a happy life with my family.”
"Life has never been the same since my family joined RCP," said Sesiana and
continued, "Truly, there is a big difference from how we raised Immanuel and our
other two children. When Immanuel was born, the program did not exist, but the
other two children have grown with the directions of the RCP Program. It’s been very
easy and smooth to raise the last two with the instructions that we are given from
the RCP Center."
Meet Sesiana Duma, a mother of three from Ipalamwa, who enrolled in the RCP
Program since it's inception in July 2017. "We are a farming family. We mainly grow
corn and beans, as well as some fruits such as avocados. My husband and I do
whatever we can to make sure we provide our children with all they need."
SESIANA DUMA
SESIANA DUMA
LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE MY FAMILY JOINED RCP
Son Immanual - age 6
Daughter Livaeli - age 3
Daughter Faith - age 6
months
Sesiana and Tidali have 3
children:
Lives in
Ipalamwa, Tanzania
Happily married to
Tidali
Joined the RCP Program
in July 2017
Sesianabelieves that
"I have been spreading the word
to other people that it is very
important to breastfeed
exclusively the first six months."
Read more about Sesiana and other RCP families at our blog
Sesiana said that the most important thing that she learned so far is the importance
of breastfeeding, "Faith, my youngest, was very tiny when she was born, but I
breastfed her faithfully and exclusively for six months and she is now very healthy. I
have been spreading the word to other mothers that it is very important to
breastfeed exclusively the first six months, because I sometimes see that their
children are very weak and they give them solid food in early stages."
Sesiana shared the significance of a nutritious diet and the difference that is making
to her family, "The whole family eats the RAH meals. The children love the meals so
much and they enjoy having them every day. Now, our children look healthier,
happy all the time and active compared to how they were before."
The RCP mother also shared that her family’s health greatly improved after they
adopted improved hand-washing habits and technology at their homes. “We have
seen a huge difference since we started using the hand-washing stations. Before we
had a hand-washing station, the trips to dispensaries were endless within a short
period of time. We were given a lot of medicines to cure the diseases that our
children were suffering from and it was mainly stomach fever, running nose, and
coughing,” said RCP mother Sesiana and
added, “Since we started using the hand-
washing station that was installed for
us, we have not experienced any type of
sickness and thus we discovered that
hand washing with clean water and soap
is very important to everyone’s health!
We usually tell our children the importance
of washing their hands frequently and that
it will help them be healthy all the time. We
lead by example for our children.”
Agness said that since she joined the RCP Program back in 2018, she has learned a
lot, “At a workshop I was taught how to treat a cough using the steam of the
Eucalyptus leaves. Since I treated my child this way, he is no longer suffering from
coughing. The way my last child, Meshack, is growing is very different from other
children that I have. was raising the previous ones without great knowledge that we
have now. In that matter, I find that my baby is growing very well compared to the
others.”
Meet Agness Tula, a mother of six from Ipalamwa, "I am working hard to make sure
I provide for all the needs my children have. Challenges are always present, but as
parents we usually make sure that everything is on point especially on the matter
of food to the family."
AGNESS TULA
AGNESS TULA
RCP PROVIDES GREAT AND NEEDED SERVICES TO ALL PARTICIPANTS
Son Halodi - age 20
Son Rashid - age 15
Daughter Happy - age 14
Son Stephano - age 12
Daughter Anna - age 10
Son Meshack - age 14 monhts
Agness and Neto have six children:
Lives in
Ipalamwa, Tanzania
Happily married to
Neto
Joined the RCP Program
in September 2018
Agness said that
"I feel very happy and peaceful
whenever I see my family. I look
forward to learning more about
caring for my family."
Read more about Agness and other RCP families at our blog



I thank God that the RCP Program has come
to our village,” said Agness and continued, “Our
lives have been assured to some extent because
we can get great health services quickly.
Formerly, we were just thinking of going to Iringa
for the birth of our children, which was very
costly and high-risk, because most babies were
delivered on the way, and sometimes mothers or
babies died. But since the program is here, we
are benefiting from a lot of services and for free.
The services are great at the Ipalamwa General
Clinic (IGC).”
Agness believes that the RCP Program provides
the knowledge to improve their health and
nutrition, and help her children reach their full
potential, “We have got a lot of advantages
from the hand-washing workshop and hand-
washing station because formerly we didn’t
consider the importance of hand washing,
which resulted in the attack of diseases like
coughing, fungus, diarrhea and stomach
fever. When I attended the workshop, I learned
that we were supposed to be washing our hands
after many activities. Now I know it works
because as soon as we started to practice, the
rate of diseases went down."
Agness also highlighted the importance of meal
distribution for her family, "The meals are very
important to us because first of all they reduce
hunger. My baby is usually full and his weight
keeps on increasing. As soon as he started to eat
that food, he became healthy and active all the
time."
"I feel very happy and peaceful whenever I see
my family. I look forward to learning more about
caring for my family. I love everything about the
RCP Program, and I wish I had joined the
program since the beginning when it started,"
said Agness.

"At the beginning, I was very frustrated when the father of my child did not accept
responsibility for his son. But now I have accepted the situation since I can provide
each and every thing my child would need. My mother named him Emmanuel which
means God with us. I’m proud to be a mother, and I’m working hard in the fields so I
can provide for Emmanuel. I wish he’ll become a pilot one day and I will do my best
to provide what is best for him to reach his dreams." said Sharon.
Sharon Kaywanga was one of the first mothers to join the RCP Program in its
inception in 2017. As a single mother who raises her 4-year-old son by herself,
Sharon works to provide a good life to her son.
SHARON KAYWANGA
SHARON KAYWANGA
THE RCP PROGRAM ADDED VALUE TO OUR LIVES
Son Emmanuel - age 4 and a half
Sharon has one child:
Lives in
Ipalamwa, Tanzania
Single mother
Joined the RCP Program
in July 2017
Sharon said that
"The program has added value to
my life because there were so
many important things I didn’t
know before. Now my life is easier
with this information."
Read more about Sharon and other RCP families at our blog



Since we entered into the RCP Program, Emmanuel’s health is great because I
have been learning what I have to offer for my child to grow better,” said
Sharon enthusiastically and added “I have learned about nutrition and hygiene
through the workshops and home visits.”
As every RCP family, Sharon has been provided with her own container gardens, “I
grow green peppers in my EarthBox to add vitamins to our bodies. I usually put them
in food when I cook, and it makes the food tasteful and smell great.” RCP families are
also provided with a hand-washing station. “After I attended the workshop on hand
washing, I shared all the information with my family, and we all started to practice. I
live in my parent's home with my son and my siblings. Now I have taught my
Emmanuel to use the hand-washing station, even though sometimes is tough for
him to use it alone, I help him whenever he wants to use it. I have learned how
washing our hands is really because the body will be protected from diseases. I have
seen the importance of washing hands with soap and clean water because
since we started practicing that, we are not experiencing diseases like diarrhea
as before,” Sharon stated.
“The program has added value to my life because there were so many important
things I didn’t know before. Now my life is easier with this information. The services
are great and the people are very professional. The services that we get from
Ipalamwa General Clinic you can’t find anywhere else in the village. We are grateful
that Global Volunteers!”
Yunisi said that being part of the RCP has improved her family's life in many levels,
“From the workshops, we learned that washing hands with soap and clean water
removes all the bacteria and provides prevention against diseases. Truly, since we
started to faithfully practice all the procedures for hand washing, life has been
different, we do not experience regular sickness as we did before. Apart from
washing hands, I always insist on cleanliness, especially boiling drinking water and
keeping it in a safe place. This has also helped the health of my family."
Meet Yunisi Chusi, a mother of six from Lulindi, "My husband and I work together
to make sure our family meets its basic needs. We are a farming family. We mainly
farm corn and beans, but we also grow other crops in small quantity."
YUNISI CHUSI
YUNISI CHUSI
FOOD SECURITY FOR MY FAMILY
Daughter Olida - age 18
Son Augustino - age 16
Son Isaya - age 14
Daughter Ester - age 10
Daughter Sayuni - age 7
Daughter Irene - age 19 monhts
Yunisi and Alex have six children:
Lives in
Lulindi, Tanzania
Happily married to
Alex
Joined the RCP Program
in December 2018
Yunisi said that
"Before the RCP program, we were
behind in so many things. We did
not know about things that are
important to our health."
Read more about Yunisi and other RCP families at our blog



Meal distributions have also had a significant impact to increase the food security of
her family, “The Rise Against Hunger (RAH) meals are also very helpful because
my baby is becoming healthier and her weight keeps on increasing. I have also
noticed the difference with some of my children who are at the primary school, since
they started meal distributions at the primary school, they look active and happy all
the time, and their understanding has increased.”
“Apart from the RAH meals, we always eat ugali, rice, bananas, yams, potatoes,
beans, peas, sardines, and vegetables. We get vegetables every day and fruits like
bananas and avocados, but meat depends on the availability in the village. We
usually eat meat twice a month. My children always appreciate the food that we
provide them,” said Yunisi.
“I have an EarthBox given to me through the RCP Program where I grow green
peppers, so I usually add green pepper almost in every food that I cook and the food
becomes tasty with good smell. Vegetables are very important to our health because
they help our bodies to fight against diseases. I want to also learn how to raise
chickens through RCP, because my chickens always die and I fail to keep
them,” Yunisi shared.
"Before the RCP Program, we were behind in so many things. We did not know about
things that are important to our health, but we are grateful that the program was
brought here and that it has opened our eyes to things that we didn’t know. I like
everything about the program and I pray that it continues because it is very
helpful to our community," said Yunisi.
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