Maisha Matters – Arusha

Maisha Matters empowers Tanzanian families to care for their children.

We give initial life-saving support that will permanently allow them to move themselves out of poverty.

**Walk in Love has partnered with Forever Angels to bring Maisha Matters to Arusha.
All photos are property of Forever Angels in Mwanza and were taken during their Maisha Matters programs**

What is Maisha Matters?

To meet our Maisha Matters families and read their stories, head to the Maisha Matters Blog by clicking here.

In January 2018, Aubree was led in a new direction to improve the chances of keeping newborns and babies within their family. After several months of research into the best way to keep infants within their families, she met Amy Hathaway from Forever Angels in Mwanza, Tanzania. They quickly agreed that Walk in Love Tanzania and their program, Maisha Matters, would make the perfect partnership! In August 2018 Walk in Love Tanzania launched Maisha Matters in Arusha. Maisha Matters provides life saving nutrition to malnourished children, formula milk to infants so they can stay with their families, weekly training, crisis support and a business start up so they can provide for their families. Maisha Matters is a one year program. We start with a malnourished child in a family struggling to stay together, and end with an empowered family, ready with the tools to provide for their future. As of October 2018, we have 18 families and 23 children attending our weekly Maisha Matters program.

What we do

Our goal is empowerment and sustainability.

We take 50 families, each with an at-risk baby, through a yearlong project to empower them to care for their own children and to live independently.

We start with a malnourished infant who has no lactating mother and who is at risk of malnutrition and death – and we end with an empowered, self-supporting family.

Here’s how.

 

 

 

Nutrition

We start with the most immediate need, by providing life saving formula milk to the severely malnourished baby who has not received the nutrition they need.

Crisis Support

We provide families with emergency items which immediately increases their quality of life. These are mosquito nets, mattresses, blankets, clothes and cooking equipment.

Training

We provide weekly education and training in hygiene, child development, HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, primary health care.

Empowerment

We work with families to help them set up a business in their community. With ongoing income, the family can provide for themselves.

Independence

Working closely with families makes it possible for them to look after their own children into the future. We give families a hand up so they can be free from poverty.

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Maisha means Life and we believe Life Matters! The Maisha Matters Arusha program is in partnership with Forever Angels, Mwanza.

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