I met Juma during the donkey clinics in the Kahama district during our trip through Tanzania. Juma was a vet tech. During our evening time after the clinics Juma took time to explain his involvement with programs benefitting children. I asked Juma to write a little bit about himself…
Jambo (hi) I am Juma Mwesigwa. I am one of 17 children, some of my brothers and sisters have died and some discontinued their schooling. My mother is a farmer living in the Misenyi district in Kagera region at the border of Uganda and Tanzania. My father died in 2000.
I completed Mara Secondary School in 1999 and from there I joined a non-governmental organization (NGO) called in the Musoma district as a volunteer.
I was fortunate the organization gave me the opportunity to join the Teachers College at Bunda. After two years I then worked for the government. I was determined to find a way to help orphans and vulnerable children and I helped establish an organization.
I am the founder and executive director of HUHESO Foundation which started as a group in Kahama district that was deals with educating people about HIV/AIDS in Kahama district by using drama, poems, songs. Its also promotes entrepreneurial education.
I manage the all the programs we organize, report to a board of directors and am accountable for all the staff.
Since we registered our foundation in July 2009. We are running project which is “IN SCHOOL YOUTH AGAINST HIV/AIDS CAMPAIGN” and “WATOTO WANA HAKI PROGRAM”. These programs are are to educate children about there rights in the community and to educate youths in schools about how protect themselves about HIV/AIDS.
We have another Program which called Ajenda ya Watoto (Children Agenda) this program have ten investments of Children agenda. The aim is to improve critical services and boost opportunities for children will ensure more families move out of poverty. We are welcome all who would to invest in this agenda in order to meet these top ten investments of Children.
Top ten priorities are to:
1. Invest to Save the Lives of Children and Women
2. Invest in Good Nutrition
3. Invest in Better Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Supply in Schools and Health Facilities
4. Invest in Early Childhood Development
5. Invest in Quality of Education for All Children
6. Invest to Make Schools Safe
7. Invest to Protect Infants and Adolescent Girls from HIV
8. Invest to Reduce Teenage Pregnancy
9. Invest to Protect children from Violence, Abuse and Exploitation
10. Invest in Children with Disabilities
Since I have left Tanzania I have stayed in contact with Juma and his work with the children in the Kahama district. Recently Juma told me of 6 children who are HIV positive who need proper nutrition which will enable them to be healthy enough to attend school. Juma sent me a information about what each person needed. Each child needs a sponsor willing to donate $136 USD per month for the proper nutrition. Having been touched by the people of Tanzania and the welcomeness I felt especially by the people in Kahama, I decided to help.
Rose Emmanuel, 12 years old was born in Kahama in 1999. She is in class five in Malunga Primary school. She is living with her mother in Malunga Street. Rose was born with HIV/AIDS . She is lives with her mother, Mary Paul, 30 years old who is also living with HIV/AIDS. Mary Paul is a farmer with small pieces of land around their home. Their home was started by her father, who died in 2008 before the home was completed. Rose’s only living sibling a brother, who is not HIV positive, live in their home which was battered by the rains of 2010, leaving one room for living.
They are receiving medication from the government but they struggle to have food, especially proper nutrition for Rose Emmanuel who gets too ill to attend school.
I have taken Rose on, and with Juma’s help she will have the nutrition she needs daily. I hope to be able to meet Rose on my next trip to Kahama.
Juma has five other children in similar situations. If you are interested in helping please let me know.