"My name is Ben Jose Talimu and i’m 21 years old.
A lot of things have changed since i get support.
My dream was it to be one day a professional tourguide in Tanzania.
Kipepeo helps me a lot to reach my goal.
I wish to show people from all over the world how beautiful my country is. Toursim is growing more and more here in Tanzania and i am happy to be part of the growth.
I also find it important to educate the community i'm living in, about the history of Tanzania.
Nawapenda sana Kipepeo - I like you so much Kipepeo"
Ben is a student in our education program and giving his very best to study. Often he calls his Mama which is working in our Hostel Kiwavi Home. Mama Ben is caring for her other children and contributing fees for food, clothes and special excursions to Ben. Kipepeo Family Foundation payes Ben's schoolfees and books. Together we are strong! :)
We love to share our stories filled with happy, funny, and interesting moments! Enjoy reading about our different experiences and thoughts.
"Hi, my name is a secret ! :)
I love my mama and gave my best to help her even though my childhood was not easy. I am the thirdborn of 10 children and our Mama raised us basically alone. I'm so proud of her, giving always her best to show her love to us and give us the best life she could. Early already i was supposed to take over responsibilities which were my father's, who never helped. I ended up living at friends homes, having fun with other kids living in the slum area and started missing school. Often the schoolfees were not payed anyway. I got a girlfriend and do not know if the baby she got was from me. But i got despensed from school, because i was her boyfriend and had to carry the responsibility of making a girl pregnant, what is prohibited as long as both attend school. However, in an argument with the guy who i believe she betrayed me with, the baby felt and died. On top of everything i was so angry with one of my little sisters that i was told if i would show up at home, the village leader will bring me to the police.
My behavior was formed from my difficult environment i grew up and it seemed to push me deeper and deeper.
Kipepeo Family Foundation is my last chance to take a turn and change my life. I want to be responsible for myselfe and my future! I agreed on their help and am attending now a boarding school to finallize my last years. I am glad that they fighted for me. They did not give up on me, when everyone else did! I want to believe in myselfe because they do. I am going to have a good future!"
"Lucky i was to get the change to move to a Boardingschool. It prevents me from getting pregnant, it gives me hope for a better future and i feel value as a girl and woman to have the right to study."
"Laughing together amuses the soul. Between all the misery and pain, it feels really good! At the picture on the right you see a tiny egg. When I asked who laid it, the Mama answered: "My rooster!" And to my surprise she showed me the potatoes shown in the picture on the left, and told me that they had grown on a tree next to her house. A hen can not lay eggs if there is no rooster nearby. I just had to laugh and thought: Why not? As a European I certainly do not know everything better. I love these people."
- Joy, Leader
"Sometimes the people we care for are really funny! Like this family here. We built them a house and we've been many times to help. But, they've never resided in the house together. I've never seen more than two family members at a time. Even though we made their life dream come true. Despite that, I know they are grateful and glad for everything we did."
- Zakayo, Employee
"Tasiana and Veronica are both mothers that gained independence, through running their business. They give us a lot of motivation and are positive people. This gives me faith and strength to continue doing good work for other families. I am proud of them!"
- Nixon Simba, Local Leader
Are you wondering how you will spend your time at Kiwavi Home? Keep reading about what you could experience during your stay!
"I met a very special mate during my stay at Kiwavi Home.
The slowly crossing Miss Polepole always makes people happy when she shows up.
The Team told me that she is living in the hostel area on her for the last five years.
Her name means "slow", because you she walks calmly and steadily.
She will not hurry for anything."
- Natalie Kaufmann, Guest
If you haven't been to Tanzania, or if you have already visited the beautiful country, each trip brings new insights, stories, and smiles!
A safari which ended up in a real adventure ...
"In autumn, when we visited our daughter Joy in Tanzania, we travelled to the Tanga region. On our way back home it rained constantly. Bridges and often whole road sections were flooded, broken or washed away. We drove through water that was 1m high, hoping to not get stuck. Everyone was silent when we dove down into the unknown and rejoiced loudly when the whole car surfaced again. We were impressed by the response of the Tanzanians. They were either patiently waiting for the water levels to subside or finding a solution. There were many helping hands and every successful crossing was celebrated loudly. For us it was a great experience to get out of our comfort zone."
- Rolf und Regina Baumann
"The Dala-Dala is at full capacity, but it seems that in Tanzania, a Dala-Dala is never truly full; helping hands, people squeeze together and we go on. Upon arriving at the Memorial Market, there are colourful crowds of people, wooden stands as far as the eyes can see, washed out clay soil and the movement of people moving to their own rhythm. There are various vendors selling clothes, towels and bed sheets, to customers engaging in bargaining and focused interactions. Joy moves safely trough the crowd. I follow behind, trying to absorb all the sights and sounds. I am fascinated. We are watched with curiosity. Some continue with their daily activities without taking notice, while others show their interest. While looking for towels and sheets, we are approached by helpful, warm humans, as well as those who see their chance to make a profit from us. Humans are Humans - everyone grows and fights in their own way. Navigating through all the happenings and impressions takes a lot of energy, and yet encounters and smiles make up for any feelings of being overwhelmed. Joy negotiates, tells and explains. I listen, understanding only a few words but learning so much. While eating a plate of fresh fruits and drinking Masala Chai we observe the hustle and bustle of the street and have a conversation about people and how we deal with each other: who gives, who takes, how much does our experience and past determine our attitude, and how far can a human being regulate their thinking and acting?
Tired, with a wide range of feelings and some valuable things in our bags and hearts, we reach home which for me, has now become an an oasis into a new world."
- Eliane, Traveller