February, contribution of Babu, our story teller
Edited by By Mr. Paul S. Lughali,
Every evening Babu is coming to Malimbe Family to tell the boys a story or SHIKOME, while sitting in the Kibanda. There are all kind of stories, traditional ones and modern ones. Some for fun, some do contain a moral message. Last month Babu told us the story of the Animals Kingdom, facing a terrible famine due to mismanagement of the fields despite the good rains.
Story of the kingdom of the animals
Once upon a time in the kingdom far far away during the time of all animals kingdom, there was a very...
Art on the wall
Art on the wall
Mushidi, our former street boy and famous street artist, made beautiful murals in the BHH. He sits at the art academy in Uganda this year and gets his degree. He has the creativity to mix African and European art. If anyone sees a possibility for him to study in the Netherlands that would be great.
Back Home House - Younger on the street
More and more young children are strolling on the streets in Mwanza, even 7 or 8 year olds is becoming normal. Parents do not take care for their children, which turns in trying to find their luck in the big city, unaware of the...
Every Saturday and Sunday there will be a teacher, a former street boy from Uganda to teach the children acrobatics. Our goal is to form a group that eventually will do performances. We see that the lesson is a great concentration exercise for our boys. They need each other to be able to perform these stunts. It is wonderful to see these fantastic children, who have been through so much and yet have complete confidence in us and will fight for a better future.
In late February eventually all 11 boys, who left Malimbe Family to go to secondary school (Form I), were under cover. They now all live back home or with family and visit from there the nearest secondary school. We keep monthly contact to watch the situation at home and at school. If any problems occur, we can intervene and find a solution. We were also busy to the Form II, III and IV students to monitor and provide the necessary assistance. 5 of them are sitting on a boarding school and the rest live at home. In total we have 23 high school students.
We can proudly inform you that 11 boys of Malimbe family have completed the primary school and have been admitted to the secondary school. This is quite an achievement for these children because they had fallen behind with their schooling in the past and despite this they have passed their admission exams with perfect results. Congratulations!
Upon completion of the primary school...
Our new accountant Gerald Bahebe presents himself
My name is Gerald Bahebe, I am the new accountant in the team of Upendo Daima. I know Upendo Daima since 2001, when I met Marga when she came to my form four graduation. Getting to know her, I started my career as a volunteer at the Computer Training Centre & Internet Café of Upendo Daima, I have been working there for three years. But from only volunteer work nobody can...
Counselling the parents of our street children
By Paul Anatoly, supervisor in the BHH
In our work we meet parents and family members of our street children, living in the remote rural areas, during our home visits and reintegration activities. And every time it strikes me that differences between the villages and the big town Mwanza are so big, especially concerning the perception of street children’s life.
Many of our...
The wanderings of a street child
Contribution of Samson Emanuel Ogonga, recorded by Paul Anathory.
My name is Samson Emanuel Ogonga, my father was a Kenyan and my mother a Tanzanian. We lived in Kenya, until my father died a few years ago. My mother decided to return to Tanzania, to her homeland in Bunda district, where we moved in with my grandmother. My brother and I went to the primary school and life was...
Aids is avoidable
By Paulo S. Lughali
HIV/AIDS is the one of the biggest development challenge in our lifetime. This is particularly true in Sub Sahara Africa including Tanzania where pandemic has killed millions of people and others severely affected, widows, widowers and a big number of orphans. One third of the victims is aged between15 and 25.
Upendo Daima staff and children often...
Hole in One for Upendo Daima
Early October a yearly Charity tournament was organised at the golf course “de Pettelaar” in Den Bosch. There were 14 teams participating. The rules were as follows: fourteen teams of four persons compete for a good purpose which is chosen by themselves. The winning team will receive all subscription money and all donations which they can donate to their chosen purpose.
Jubilee and a Marriage
What do you ask for your birthday, what do you get at your wedding reception and what will be given when you work 40 years for the same employer? This is sometimes a difficult question since we often have all we need. Toine Schakenraad had a marvellous idea. She invited all her guests at a reception for her 40 year jubilee with the Institute for people who are blind or have a...
Mrs. W. van Kessel-Evers in Zoetermeer passed away on 16 September 2010. She was very committed to the wellbeing of the children of Upendo Daima and has raised money for a number of years through the sales of secondhand articles. Every year we could count on her. In June Marga and Isabella met her during their working visit to the Netherlands. We could always count on her and...
5 Years Jubilee
In May the secondhand bookshop "De Boekenlegger" in Tiel existed 5 years. The objective of the Boekenlegger to give books "a second life". With the proceeds they support our project and by doing so they also give the street children a "second life".
See also www.boekenleggertiel.nl
Visits to our project
We are happy that we have been able to receive so many visitors to our project, which is important for the moral and personal support. Have a look at the list of visitors during the last half year:
· Tanja Brok (People 4 Change) and Paul Wabike visited us in May. We discussed the idea to send some of our boys to a Vocational Training Center in Mwanza (boarding) because a...