RTL_logo_Colour 250 x 250Rufiji Leprosy Trust is a charitable trust supporting the Kindwitwi Leprosy Care Centre in the Rufiji area of Tanzania.

The care centre assists in:

~ finding and treating people living with leprosy in the Rufiji area
~ supporting people all people affected by leprosy throughout the Rufiji area
~ promoting self-sufficiency of people living with leprosy and their families.

As leprosy is curable, many think the disease is no longer a problem, however it is listed as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) by the World Health Organisation, which means it is especially common in some of the world’s poorest areas.

The Trust prides itself on being totally managed by volunteer Trustees; the only paid employees are those who carry out the Trust’s work in Tanzania.

Please read on to find out more about our work, to make a donation or to catch up on the latest news.

Latest News

Making a difference to the lives of people living with leprosy

News from the Trustees: The Rufiji Leprosy Trust’s Annual Report to the Charity Commission.

Each year the Rufiji Leprosy Trust submits financial and narrative reports to the Charity Commission in the UK. In case you have not had a chance to look up this information on RLT’s 2018 performance, we would like to share with you a few highlights showing how your donations make a difference to the lives of people living with the long term physical and social consequences of leprosy.


Summary of the objectives of the charity as set out in its governing document

RLT aims ‘to pay or use the capital and income of the Trust Fund as and when received to or for such charitable purpose or purposes (including without prejudice to the generality of this clause the purpose of the prevention treatment and cure of leprosy in Tanzania or elsewhere in the world) or to or for any other charitable institution or institutions or other charitable object or objectives anywhere in the world as the Trustees shall in their absolute discretion think fit to support maintain or establish.’

Summary of the main activities in relation to these objectives

In planning the Charity’s activities, the Trustees have kept in mind the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit.

The Trust operates exclusively with KLCCDA/FRRTL and its main activities involve the provision of funding for human resources, services and facilities to the people of Kindwitwi, and, in particular, those affected by leprosy. RLT gives no funds to any other organisation. Whilst it has been very encouraging to see KLCCDA/FRRTL access streams of funding other than that from RLT, RLT still remains the principal donor to KLCCDA/FRRTL. The Trustees have confirmed their commitment and responsibilities as the main donor.


Meetings of the Trustees of RLT

Over the course of the year, the Trustees had five formal meetings, three via teleconferencing and two face-to-face. In addition, the Co-chairs held three teleconferences with the Chair of KLCCDA/FRRTL to discuss funding decisions.

Activities in Kindwitwi

  • The Ward

The Trustees continue to provide funding for full care support for a number of the most vulnerable who have no other means of caring for themselves.

  • Leprosy Work

The Trust supports both the dispensary staff, who provide care for the most disabled villagers as well as meeting general health needs of the wider village community, and the shoemaker, who ensures that all those in the village and surrounding areas affected by leprosy have appropriate bespoke or ready-made footwear.

Funds are provided to the District TB and Leprosy Coordinator for two days a month additional support and supervision for health staff around Rufiji District.

  • Education

The Trust continues to support the running costs of the village kindergarten and four students were supported with their Secondary School costs.

Through the partnership between RLT and the ‘Foundation for Rapid Response to TB and Leprosy’, your donations will continue to be used to support the most vulnerable in Kindwitwi, i.e. those in need of full or partial care; to support the outreach work of the shoe maker Salum Kipoloya; to support Rogers Nnally in his role as TB and Leprosy Co-ordinator; to administer the Kindergarten and to award educational grants to students from families affected by leprosy, or those whose families are unable to finance their education.

The Trustees are happy to answer any questions you may have about our partnership organisation’s change of status and can be contacted via rufijilt@gmail.com

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The KCM vegetable garden

We are proud to have developed relationships with a number of institutions that want to support our community achieve our goals and vision.

Kikundi cha Mafanikio (KCM) produces vegetables under the support of Better Lives Organisation. It produces vegetables for the RLT supported kindergarten, enabling the children to have a healthy meal every day.

KCM has two different areas for growing vegetables, which have different terrain to adapt to the different weather conditions throughout the year.

The first area is beside the Chemchem swamp that is nearby Fr. Robin Lamburn’s house.

The second area is near the river where they grow vegetable starting in June, after the flooding and rainy season.

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An update from The Foundation for Rapid Response to TB and Leprosy (FRRTL)

A few months ago, you will remember we updated you on the changes to our partner organisation in Kindwitwi, which changed its operating name from Kindwitwi Leprosy Care and Community Development Association (KLCCDA) to the Foundation for Rapid Response to TB and Leprosy (FRRTL).

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This was so it more fully reflects the work we are doing in Tanzania.

Caring for those with Leprosy and their families is still an important priority and RLT (with the support of your generous donations) continues to support this vital work.

Salum our shoemaker told us about a recent FRRTL Board meeting held at Kindwitwi village.

The aim was to discuss the progress of the FRRTL in general and important topics regarding leprosy and TB detection and treatment, as well as receiving updates on the prevention of disability project, repairs to villagers housing and educational opportunities for young people from Kindwitwi.

According to the arbitration from Board, all FRRTL Board meetings will be conducted in Kindwitwi not in Dar to decrease the cost of Rufiji Members to go to Dar.

Pictured below are Members at the meeting in Kindwitwi.

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