John launches initiative to promote responsible parenting

16th December 2016

“The idea for my charity has come from my family. When I was born my mum was the one who took care of me. I say to mum ‘why don’t I see daddy here?’ She said he left after me and my brother were born. She looked after us, made sure we got a good education, everything we needed. She said ‘I want my son to be someone but I can’t fulfil because I’m alone as a mum’. Why did my dad not take initiative to help us to achieve what we want in life?

So I decided to educate my society. If you want a good future for your child, it’s good for both parents to come together. So with ‘Wazazi Bora Kwa Watoto Bora’ I go to schools and communities, talking to students about how you can be a good parent. Then they will be good parents for the next generation.

John spoke on his local radio in Tanzania about the initative

What I experienced in my family I don’t want to see in the next generation. When I was in school there were 15 children out of 50 that did not have a dad or live with their dad. Then when I went to the villages with ICS to work I realised that there was the same problem. A lot of mums told me that this is their culture. They don’t feel good about it and are not happy but feel they need to respect the culture. I am going to take the initiative and make sure I am the last son to suffer because their dad isn’t around. I want to make sure that men know their responsibility for the family.

Where I come from, in the Lake Zone in the north of Tanzania, gender equality is very bad. Men do not expect women to contribute to the economy. It makes me very happy when I talk with the UK volunteers, who expect each gender to work equally. In our country, men work and women stay at home to take care of child. But I want to give women the chance to do what they want to do instead. One of the keys to development is to give women the chance to work as well as men, as when you work together you can make a big impact.

John (right) with entrepreneur, Festo (middle), and Festo’s father (left)

If can educate the next generation, they can be a generation that has a good attitude about family. I think everything’s going to be ok and my ambition is going to come true. My dream is big. I don’t want to benefit myself, but when I saw my community change their ideas after I spoke to them, even my heart was happy.”

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