Around 40 children, between three and twenty-two years of age, are living at URCC – most of them belong to a middle group aged around twelve to fourteen.
There are almost as many boys as there are girls at the centre. Most of the children attend the local secondary school, Leganga Primary School, which is situated around 1 km from the centre at the main road. Seven of the older children, Zaituni, Lucas, Babuu (Tumuombee), Nelson, Chiku, Eva and Warda, attend secondary school, which is similar to the Danish high school (gymnasium). Prosper is the oldest and started university in Dar Es Salaam in September 2008, why he’s only back at the centre during vacations.
Fundamentally, it’s the aim of the organization to be responsible for the children from they arrive at the centre until they have a job after having fulfilled an education and are ready to support themselves. This means, that the centre covers all their fundamental needs from food and clothes to education, medical treatment, toys, etc.
The organization is non-religious and our children have as well Muslim as Christian backgrounds. They decide themselves whether they want to go to church or to the mosque and a couple of Christian children attend Sunday school regularly. In reality, it’s impossible to keep religion out of the picture in a country as religious as Tanzania, and life at the centre has, as a consequence, what you could call a Tanzanian-Lutheran touch. The only concrete and practical example of this is the children’s daily grace.
Below is a list of all the children, starting with the youngest:
1. Najma Juma 2. Saidi Shabani 3. Upendo Semu 4. Salma Juma 5. Winnie-Frida Thomas 6. Filbert Innocent 7. Violet John Makala 8. Neema Shabani 9. Haruna Hamisi 10. Jackline Francis 11. Agripina Jacob 12. Gertrud Dickson 13. Rose Charles 14. Juma Ramadhani 15. Fransisca Dastani 16. Joyceline Filex 17. Aisha Hamisi 18. Sharifa Hamisi 19. Zena Juma 20. Anna Mshimbula 21. Ally Abdalah 22. Abduli Abdalah 23. Rashidi Ally 24. Amadi Filbert 25. Mwamedi Hamisi 26. Ernest John Makala 27. Athumani Shabani 28. Chiku Juma 29. Warda Husseni 30. Eva Jonas 31. Nelson Joseph 32. Zaituni Iddi 33. Lucas Jonas 34. Tumuombee Richard (Babuu) 35. Prosper Michael
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