Stichting Twiga www.stichting-twiga.nl P.O. Box 142 Mto wa Mbu Arusha Region Tanzania KvK-nr.: 08117163
Twiga Foundation has a childrenâ€™s education and support project in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania. The project supports 14 toddlers, 25 primary school students, 20 secondary school students, and 1 university student with basic life necessities (nutritious food, medical care, school necessities) and provides quality education for these students.
Twiga Foundation Annual Report 2011 “The big move” Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania January 2012
Content 1. Introduction 2. TWIGA Foundation
3. Specific Goals 2011 4. Realizations 2011 5. The Future
Introduction 2011 was definitely a dynamic year moving to a new location, setting up a new educational program, 2 new buildings and a beautiful playground, a major ear operation in Nairobi and welcoming new toddlers, secondary school children and a new coordinator. Unfortunately this year we also lost 2 mothers of our children as a result of longstanding illnesses. A milestone was the first child passing his secondary school being ready for studying diploma accountancy at a University in Moshi. 2012 promises to be an exciting year for us as we celebrate our 5th year Anniversary. The educational program continues to grow and develop thanks to the hard work and dedication of our local staff, our 56 international volunteers (Dutch, German and Belgian), our board and committee members, our sponsor and donors, our visitors, who continue to support us, and all our friends and supporters! You all have given an enormous boost of energy and inspiration to continue our work in giving children having difficult backgrounds access to quality education.
On behalf of the Twiga board, Machteld Speets Founder Twiga Foundation
TWIGA Foundation Mission The Twiga Foundation works on creating a positive change in the lives of children and their families who live in Mto wa Mbu (Tanzania) under difficult and dangerous circumstances. With our work we can establish a significant breakthrough in the vicious circle of poverty and/or violence. We help as many children as possible to finish an education career at their own level and provide guidance in their personal development. Like this, we support the children and their families in establishing a situation of social and financial independence for themselves, so they can help others to achieve the same.
General Goal Giving love, attention and service of basic necessities and quality education in the widest meaning of the word until the children have successfully finalized an educational career of their choice.
Specific Goals 2011
Move to the new accommodation.
Start the Early Childhood Program.
Send all primary children to high quality schools.
Introduce the job of Educational Coordinator.
Introduce performance and evaluation meetings with staff members.
Make sure all children have a birth certificate.
Structural meetings with staff about the development of the children.
Create a library facility for all children.
Create a computer classroom.
Introduce a reading and writing class for parents and caretakers.
Realizations 2011 In this report we give a short and clear overview of our realizations of our 2011 realizations. Enjoy!
Move to the new accommodation. After a full year of construction and preparation the move to the new site was realized and the various buildings were furnished to suit its specific purpose. With this, a whole team of volunteers and staff created a successful as well as a joyous activity.
Start the Early Childhood Program. On numerous occasions we wished we could have had our children enter the program at a younger age. For some it took quite some time to get used to a more regular and structured school life as opposed to an ad hoc â€˜survivalâ€™ kind of life. Furthermore, we learned from the Regional Social Welfare Officer that the Govt. also attached a lot of importance to ECD. We decided to start with children at a pre-primary age and send Agnes to the Montessori training college in Arusha. To kick off the ECD we hired Miriam to start up the early childhood program together with two Belgian qualified nursery teachers to support her. Miriam had a diploma and 3 years of professional experience at a private nursery school in Arusha. 14 toddlers between the age of 2-4 were selected by William and mama Flora with several local institutions and authorities in Mto and the District Social Welfare Officer. The program was set up dovetailing the Tanzanian curriculum and with lots of play, sports and creativity and home visits.
Send all primary children to high quality schools. We managed to find committed sponsors through whom we were able to send one of our eldest kids to University in Moshi, 11 from the 25 primary kids to the only private English medium school in Mto and 20 kids to secondary schools in Mto area, Arusha and Engikaret. It was very inspiring to see how fast most kids picked up on the English language. Members of our local advisory committee, William our youth worker and a selection of parents regularly visited the schools to attend parent meetings and open days. This was very much appreciated especially by the boarding school kids who saw people from home on the school grounds.
Introduce the job of Educational Coordinator. A terms of reference for an educational coordinator was drafted to have a more structural focus on quality education. This year, however, we were not able to find a suitable candidate and were more focused on continuing good coordinator ship after the departure of Machteld. This objective will be forwarded to next year.
Introduce performance and evaluation meetings with staff members. All staff have contracts including job descriptions. To monitor progress, maintain job satisfaction etc. a job performance and evaluation was set up. A first job performance conversation with the staff was held and specific short term goals per employee were set.
Make sure all children have a birth certificate. Increasingly during the past few years birth certificates are requested for applying to schools. Therefore, it became important to arrange birth certificates for all our children. In 2011 all major preparations have been done to get these certificates at the district government ranging from filling in multiple forms, getting identification letters from the local authorities and having passport size pictures taken of each child.
Structural meetings with staff about the development of the children. It turned out that the exchange of information about the wellbeing and development of the kids was more easy to realize on a frequent informal basis during tea, lunch times and in between. Structural meetings were held in the afternoons with the nursery staff, with and without the presence of the coordinator and other staff who were occupied with other than nursery responsibilities.
Create a library facility for all children. In 2011 the start of the construction of a children’s library on the premises was made. Except for some painting and filling the library with books and educational materials the library was completed the end of the year. Besides a library an office and 2 rooms for the project coordinator was built and a beautiful playground constructed. Activities that were not planned but that were realized thanks to the inventiveness and entrepreneurship of a volunteer.
Create a computer classroom. To familiarize the children with the digital world, we decided to start our own computer classes. Often at secondary school the children have computer classes which are purely theoretical, so without computers! They learn about computers but have never touched one. With 10 second-hand laptops which we received and with the support of various volunteers we started practical, hands on basic computer lessons. At the end of the year the older children could give a small presentation on what they had learned.
Introduce a reading and writing class for parents and caretakers. Some of the childrenâ€™s parents/caretakers can are not literate, but they would like this to be. This objective will be forwarded to next year, as we had our hands full in 2011 getting used to the new site, the holiday tuition programs and running the ECD program besides a million of other activities.
The Future We continue to carry out our vision, which is (in short) that the TWIGA children have access to good education and quality facilities to develop themselves within their own capacity and interests. With this development they can, as capable, responsible and caring human beings, work on a more fair and inspiring environment to live in and to conserve it. (To read our complete vision, please visit our website www.stichitng-twiga.nl.)
Published on Aug 31, 2013