Our Care Centre manager Abdallah Nguyu does an amazing job at ensuring the centre not only runs smoothly and efficiently, but also that it is run with compassion and empathy; he himself experienced what it is like living with a family affected by leprosy.
In his own words, here is his story:
“I was born is 1968 here in Kindwitwi; I am a third child to my mother and second child to my father. I am the last born.
My mother came to Kindwitwi from Njinjo Village Kilwa District and my father came from Kilwa Kipatimuin Kilwa District. They came to Kindwitwi as leprosy patients and married in Kindwitwi. My father has sadly died, but my mother is still alive and cared for by me and my family.
I have no leprosy so far, even though my mother and father had leprosy.
I was supported by Kindwitwi Leprosy Centre from Kindergarten, then Primary School, Secondary School and College and I am very grateful to RLT for all their support; I was among the first who benefited from the Secondary Education Program in Kindwitwi in 1990 when evening classes were initiated at Utete Secondary School.
In 1987 I was employed by Kindwitwi Leprosy Centre as a messenger and store man, then I became office supervisor.
In 1997 I joined the Social Welfare Institute in Dar then I became a Social Worker.
In 2005 I was promoted to become the Centre Manager.
I am married and have six children.”
We are very grateful for the many hours Abdallah gives to running the Care Centre – should you ever visit, he will meet you with a very warm welcome!