Mwanga Children´s Foundation
MWANGA means „Light“ in Kiswahili.
The pre primary school is located in one of the poorest parts of Arusha and wants to give children a glimmer of hope for a better future. Most of the children come from poor family backgrounds. Therefore, the families can’t afford to pay school education and sufficient food for their children.
The aim of the project is to enable the children to get high-quality education in their early childhood and at the same time keep the costs for the families as low as possible. Both of us have spent a lot of time in this facility. To support it is a matter close to our hearts for us because we know how important education for this region is.
In March 2014, Saidi Kapama founded the facility. His motivation to ensure a better future for the children results from his own past experiences as a street child. The vision of the founder is to support the children so that they can grow up into self-confident and independent adults.
Not only for this but also for a fulfilled childhood and a successful life, education is the key. Therefore, the foundation has commited to support the children and make sure that they get two meals per day. Furthermore, the children experience warmth and love and they have the possibility to play with other kids. Thanks to some commited volunteers from Germany, the facility kept on developing over the past few years. By now, a small building has evolved into two playing rooms, two classrooms, one dining room, one bedroom and one office. On the schoolyard, there are play equipments for the children to play.
However, there were always numerous open bills, the wages of the employees couldn’t be payed, the rent for the plot was delayed and often the money available only sufficed to buy rice and beans for lunch.
Our aim was to support the pre primary school ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’ in so far that the basic needs of the children are met and to make sure that the educational institution stays an appropriate place for playing and learning.
Thanks to numerous donations, we were able to extend our support over the past few years.
But have a look yourself...
A new project starts: With the Sewing-Instructor Ernest we have created a room for the mothers to learn the basics of sewing and how to process fabrics.
Because of the corona crisis, many are fearing a famine. ‘WATOYO Tanzania e.V.’ supports the families with a care package. 107 families receive 15 kg of rice and 10 kg of beans.
The budget for the healthy diet is increased. From now on, the children will get fresh fruits on four days a week and a hard boiled egg once a week.
We replace the old, run-down slide with a new one. Now, the children can have fun sliding while being safe and without having to worry.
‘WATOYO Tanzania e.V.’ starts the training of the employees.
Saidi attends a class on business management and accounting. The teacher Rahel will be going to the ‘Global Montessori College’ for one year. Mama Isma receives further training on hygiene at cooking and learns English.
The broken swings get fixed and sand toys are bought for the children.
The rent for the plot will be paid completely. By taking this step, the property is secured as a place to learn and play for the children.
All of the children of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’ visit the Arusha Nationalpark together.
In recognition of his work as the director and founder of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’, Saidi will also be paid a small wage.
From now on, the salary of teacher Rahel will be paid, too.
A nice carousel is placed at the schoolyard of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’. The children are extremely happy about it.
The Beginnings in November 2018
A healthy diet for the Children
The children get fresh fruits three times a week as well as milk for the porridge and meat for lunch two times a week.
The costs of the water supply and water filters for clean drinking water are paid.
New toothbrushes and toothpaste are bought on a regular basis so that the children can brush their teeth after lunch.
Mama Isma, the cook of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’, cooks food for the nearly 60 children everyday. At regular intervals, stocks of fire wood are bought from now on so that she can cook for them.
Salaries for the Employees
The teacher Rahel and the cook Mama Isma now receive their monthly salary on a regular basis.
- the designing of postcards by the children and the adolescents, which then get sold at local restaurants and souvenir shops.
- The inclusion of the mothers – they sew various kinds of bags and pencil cases, which are then sold in Germany.