Sisi Ni Kesho – We are the future is a project to protect children, Child Protection for newborn children, in serious family situations, malnourished or HIV-infected, at the village of Nyololo, in the Iringa region of Tanzania. The Sisi Ni Kesho Children’s Center welcomes orphaned children of one or both parents, aged between 0 and 5, providing them with the care and assistance necessary for their growth and subsequent reintegration into their family of origin or adoptive families.
Very often parents have died because of HIV, especially mothers, leaving small children dependent on families (already overloaded by the high number of components) who can not cope with the economic burden for the sustenance of additional expenses. Moreover, very often the same orphaned children have contracted the HIV virus through a vertical transmission from the infected mother.
In this region of Tanzania, the spread of HIV in the population is still 40% and represents one of the causes of mortality and contagion during childbirth.
The project was born in 2004 and involves the local population starting from the construction of the Children’s Center, a structure created as a question mark to symbolize the importance for the country, of the future of the new generations. The center is home to around 30 children and it is local social services to identify children with the most serious problems and to arrange entry into the center, always following Tanzanian government regulations. The children accepted follow a specific diet and are constantly monitored by the operators and by the medical staff of the nearby Rural Health Center. In this region of Tanzania, the spread of HIV in the population is still 40% and represents one of the causes of mortality and contagion during childbirth. The Center guarantees antiretroviral treatment to HIV-infected children and constant monitoring of the disease. The service carried out at Sisi Ni Kesho also takes care of the psycho-motor development of the children welcomed: the playroom aims to stimulate the growth and development of motor and cognitive faculties also through a fun and playful approach.
During the period of stay of the children at the SiSi Ni Kesho center, we try to maintain as much as possible a relationship with the families of origin with the aim of reintegrating the child in the extended family context at the age of fifth.