kipepeo - Stories

We love to share our stories filled with happy, funny, and interesting moments! Enjoy reading about our different experiences and thoughts. 

November 2022

Do you feel special today, because you got an unordinary drink and some clothes from Kipepeo?

“I am special every day. Not only today. L ike myself! - and also my little sister thinks that I am special. She knows I am her big brother and that I would always love and care for her.”

 

Would you like to say anything about your Family or where you come from?

“No – what for example?

 

You would like to say something about your brother?

I want him to study. He should not stop as I did. I don’t like to go back. But he needs to continue. He should be able to work in an Office when he is grown up. I do not want him to stop!

 

Why did you stop?

..I don’t like school.

 

Would you like to tell how that came?

No, not for the public. I don’t want to talk about my Life and Family, the secret things. The Kipepeo Team knows that is enough.

 

Do you believe in something?

“Yes I do, I go to pray at the Mosque. I am a Muslim. But today for example I won’t go, because my clothes are full of dirt, I got in touch with alcohol at the bar I cleaned today.”

 

You cleaned a bar?

“This morning I did, sometimes I get a chance to do so and earn a bit. The bar is close to Mbuiuni Market where I am, every day waiting for the Watermelon’s to arrive.”

 

What do you do with the Watermelon?

 

“When the Track arrives, I carry the watermelon to the place where people sell them. I am not the only one doing this. Other boys whit the same background as I, are there with me doing the same.”

 

 

 

What is your dream ?

 

“I would like to play with Manchester United one day. My dream is to be a football player. I love to play and do play well. Because I can not only depend on a dream, I would like to learn how to drive tracks. I can go to study it for 3 up to 6 month so that I get a licence and with that be employed by someone. People suggest me to learn something that guarantees my future better than being a driver. Kipepeo for example told me to choose plumbing, carpentry, mechanic or so. I am going to think about this, because they are usually good to me and advise me well. I know them since a while ago. Have met them at the place they come to eat with us boys who live on the street and I like what they do. They motivate me to be responsible for myself so I can go back and help my family one day.”

 

Interview with Iddy Athmani Saidi (17j)

 

 



About abortion

Legal abortion wihin Tanzania is not allowed, unless there are medical reasons to do so. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) are there 21.6 million women worldwide, between the age of 15 to 44 years who decide on doing it anyway- illegally. So do they in Tanzania.

 

The effect of an illegal abortion is massive and can be deadly.

Women can have an excessive blood loss or it could occur cervical cancer. Some of them are getting infertile and most of them suffer on an Psychological trauma after.

 

There are several reasons why it comes to an unexpected pregnancy. and within to the decition of an abortion.

Out of our research by working together with different communities around Mount Kilimanjaro we Kipepeo Family Foundation , came to the conclusion that most of abortions which are done can be attributed to following facts:

 

Why does an unwanted pregnancy happen?

-There is a lack of education about contraceptive skills.

-Men and women do not know enough about the menstrual cycle.

-Early Child marriage which is tradition in some tribes.

-Poverty leads women to sleep with man for financial help.

 

Why does a woman decide to abort?

-Fear of her own or/and her child's powerty.

-Believing that she would not be able to fulfill her child's needs.

-When she is a single mother, having no relatives to care for her baby.

-Cultural or family pressure due to feelings of shame or exclusion of a community.

-Girls who get pregnant while doing an education get suspended and will no longer be able to focus on their study.

 

All Mothers and every Child

should be protected.

Lailani* 's words:

 

"It was not my plan to get pregnant due to the challenges i was facing. I noticed changes in my body and went for a check up to the hospital. As the doctor told me that i was pregnant i had to start crying. Various people adviced me to do make an abortion, which was difficult to me, because i was really scared."

 

Very luckily did Lailani call us from her neighbours phone, crying that she needs help with the abortion. That she reached out to us was very courageouse. We are endlessly  greatful that she did it and that she found the strenght to believe us when we told her at the phone that we will pass by. At the meeting in the afternoon the same day, we promised Lailani to make sure her fears of not being able to feed the child and many other circumstages we would help to carry them and figure a better way out then doing an illegal abortion. Kipepeo Family Foundation was able to help and she now, nine month later delivered healthy and safe.

 

Women basically decide to do an illegal abortion still- because they do not see another way out of their misery. The dangerouse and sad way in that moment still looks like being the only way to them.


Important note: Kipepeo Family Foundation does not support illegal abortions. But we understand fully why women are led to the decision and we are committed to be there for those who reach out for help. To help them seing a new perspective.

Nyumbani - "HOME"

The video shows some of our recent buildings and renovations.

Montessori Educational Support

My name is Eliambuya what means: "God is watching us".

I’m 50 years old and I have 3 children.

I’m from Tema Village Moshi Kilimanjaro Tanzania!

I’m a sunday school and montossori teacher.

Basically a Kindergarten teacher here at our church.

At the sunday school-lessions I teach different to what I teach at the kindergarten! On Sunday i teach about god. 

My husband is doing the same teaching as me, as well here at our church.

Since I was young attending  primary school my dreams was to work with small children. I used to pray everyday that this dream will become true. After graduating i got finally chosen to do the education for becoming a teacher.

In my free time i like to farm vegetables at my home. I like to sing in the choir, I love cooking, teaching and listening music.

I’m so proud of myself being a teacher.

I am very grateful that Kipepeo has financed us modern equipment for the classes. It has become easier for me to teach the little kids. Kipepeo has enabled my personal and the churchs dream we had, to own school supplies for our children.

After getting the chairs, tables and teaching materials we took them to the church in order to show all village members. They were very happy for what Kipepeo has supported to our village.

 

 

 

Natiro Communion Church

We are all  very happy. Thank you Kipepeo Family Foundation we really apprechiate your work.

 

 

Eliambuya

Thank you so much to Kipepeo Family Foundation you have fulfilled my long-held dreams.

You have lift me up, from one step to another!


Elimu - "Education"

"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!"

-Secret Boy

Bahati - "Lucky"

"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." 

-Fatuma, Student

 

Facts about Girls like Fatuma

  • If a young woman gets pregnant she gets suspended from school. It is probhibited to continue with her education.
  • Many are told to stay home, caring for younger siblings or have to work hard for the family's home after and before school.
  • Young girls which grow up in poor society's often sleep with different man to get money to cover their needs of living.
  • In case a family has not enough money for all children to go to school, the Boy gets choosen to attend and the Girl stays home.
  • Some tribes believe, it is not necessary for a woman to get education due to early marriage and her responsibility to care for the family. It is the man's task to provide finances to the family.

 

 


Tabasamu - "Smile"

"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 

Achievement

Ndoto - "Dream"

"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 

Motivation

"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 


kiwavi home - Stories

Are you wondering how you will spend your time at Kiwavi Home? Keep reading about what you could experience during your stay!

a special little friend

"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

the People and culture

If you haven't been to Tanzania, or if you have already visited the beautiful country, each trip brings new insights, stories, and smiles! 

Rainy season

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

Memorial Market

"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