Networking Activities

Activities are implemented to create and secure a stable national, regional and international network. The children’s cultural centre is enabled to attract new exchange partners for its emerging artists and music groups. Regular performances of the centre’s young acrobats, musicians and theatre groups at fairs and festivals in the region as well as at selected touristic events generate further revenues.

Networking at TGNP

The Fit for Life children support with their performances the celebration of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence campaign: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”

Visit of Judith Staines for mid-term evaluation,
Oct 13/15, 2015

On the 13 and the 15 October, Judith Stains, a M&E consultant for the EU, visited the Fit for Life Project for an mid-term evaluation. During her visit the consultant spend the first day with Habiba Issa, the Project Manager, and Eleonore Sylla, the Goethe-Institut Director, to share the project’s achievements and challenges. On the second date Judith Stains visited the Babawatoto centre in Mburahati. Among the activities she saw at the center the sewing class impressed her very much. She also talked with the children, local trainers, some parents and the local government officer.

BABAWATOTO ACROBATICS – an ongoing afternoon activy at IST School
from September 2014 ongoing

BABAWATOTO ACROBATICS started in September 2014 an afternoon activity at the IST Secondary School in cooperation with the Babawatoto centre and IST children, which will be hopefully ongoing for many years to come. Directed by Mkude Kilosa and Leo Desmarquest.

Leo Desmarquest:
I started this project because I wanted to combine my interest in acrobatics with my love for working with people. The International School of Tanganyika provided me with the equipment and space to bring in kids from Babawatoto so that they could also use the space to grow as acrobats and also to teach the kids from the international school their skills, share ideas and techniques. The point of this activity is to have these children learn how to work together and get along with others that come from a different background, but share the same interests. Every tuesday a group of acrobats from the Babawatoto center and their teacher come to IST and meet with a group of students and myself. We work on a range of acrobatic moves and then we all come together to work on a performance that we do at the end of every year. From the performance, we raise money in order to help the Babawatoto center buy new equipment so that they can continue improving everyday.

June 21, 2014

“Fit for Life” kids performed at Music Mayday “Sounds of Tomorrow”, our partner project’s Official Opening on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Fit for Life project manager Habiba Issa in conversation with Hilda Kiel, project manager of “Sounds of Tomorrow”.

June 12, 2014
National Museum

The children of the Babawatoto centres and the FFL team enjoyed thei participation in th “Children Book Festival”. Babawatoto Centre was presenting a small theatre play about the “The Dog and the Rat”. A group of Samba-Raggae percussionists was part of the big parade as well as two one-wheel-bycicle riders.After their presenations the children entertained themselves in the drawing activities. The First Lady of Tanzania Mama Salma Kikwete was attending all performances and enjoyed them very much.

June 2-4, 2014
Mburahati and Bryceson Primary School

The performance was held at Mianzini primary school, it is allocated at Mburahati many children attend this school. Eight  members of the FFL team are pupils  from the Mianzini Primary School. They performed Acrobatics, Juggling,Trapeze and Samba Reggae Percussion. The project manager, Habiba Issa, as well as  Mkude and Nelson were accompanying the BBW Kids, together with the local trainers  Mwajabu Omary, Abbas Haji,Shomary Said and Alex Shomary Said. Pupils and their teachers enjoyed the performance. Afterwards more than 20 kids were joining the centre to attend at the different workshops.

May 10, 2014
Karume Stadium

Twentyeight Children from the Babawatoto Centre were invited to attend the football match and were happy about the T-shirts.

May 8, 2014
Dar es Salaam

20 kids participating in the ongoing acrobacy courses in the Babawatoto Centre showed their skills in a
beautiful performance during the Culture in Action – Day, which was organised by the EU Delegation In Dar es Salaam. The show was accompanied by the young Samba-Reggae Band of the centre. Mr.Filiberto Sebregondi, Head of the EU Delegation as well as other EU funded organisations followed the invitation of the EU office. Almost 100 spectators followed the presentation of the young BWC Artists.

April 27, 2014

Young artists from the Babawatoto Centres participated at the 6th edition of the Open Stage event in the Goethe-Institut, Dar es Salaam.

March 29, 2014
Dar es Salaam

The young Babawatoto artists were again successful with their show during the Open Day of the Nafasi Arts Centre. All artists and trainers enjoyed their participation in the event. Nafasi provided a lot of beautiful activities like drawing and face-painting the children enjoyed a lot.
With the support of the whole FFL – Team, it was a further step in all the networking activities for the Babawatoto Centre and for the Fit for Life project.

January 18, 2014

International School of Tanganyika

The British High Commissioner, Dianna Melrose, invited the participants of Leo’s project to perform at the “Commonwealth Queen’s Baton Relay” on Saturday, Jan 18 at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) in Upanga. It was an afternoon of games for children, lots of fun, with medals and prizes. The FIT FOR LIFE children enjoyed it very much and gave together with their IST friends a wonderful acrobatic performance at the end of the event. They received a healthy applause from the about 300 spectators.


Monday afternoon on December 16, 2013 Leo Desmarquest handed over the collected money from the Fit for Life performance at the International School of Tanganyika (IST):
“Today I went to the Babawatoto centre to hand over all the funds I managed to raise for the centre during my personal project Babawatoto acrobatics – Fit for Life!
Airtel kindly donated two sewing machines as well!! Together with the money we raised the sewing school now has enough funds to really take off. A big thanks goes to all the sponsors and especially to Mkude for training all the kids and making it all possible.” – Leo Desmarquest

December 10, 2013

Eight students of International School of Tanganyika have been trained by Fit for Life trainers for a perfomance at the International School of Tanganyika as part of Leo’s personal project. They showed their skills before an audience of 300 spectators.

November 30, 2013

On Saturday, Nov 30, 2013  performances of Fit for Life artists were held at the French International School  and the HANANASIFU Orphanage Centre (HOCET)

November 2, 2013
International School of Tanganyika

Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 five trainers from Fit for Life started to train six students of the International School of Tanganyika (IST) in Acrobacy and Juggling. Together they prepare for a performance in December at IST and will meet regularly from now on.
This collaboration was initiated by a student at IST during his internship at the Babawatoto Centre in July 2013 when the first international workshop of the Fit for Life project took place.

22.10 – 7.11. 2013
Newala, Mtwara

From October 22 to November 7, 2013 the Fit for Life Project Manager, Habiba Issa, went to Newala in Mtwara where she participated in working with TAMASHA in that region to strengthen the relationship with them.