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In August, James Steel paid a visit to Kindwitwi. James is a colleague of one of the trustees of the Rufiji Leprosy Trust, Geoff O’Donoghue. He stayed at the Father Robin memorial rest house and spent four days getting to know Kindwitwi and the surrounding areas. Here James reflects on […]

What’s so special about Kindwitwi?



This young lady, Acheni, has worked hard and has overcome many challenges as she works towards her dream of becoming an engineer. Acheni’s four grandparents came to the village many years ago when they found out they had leprosy; they were ostracised from society and had no hope and no aspirations. […]

Celebrating women in Kindwitwi – part 2



International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In Kindwitwi, there are many remarkable women who have overcome adversity in their lives – the stigma of leprosy has been one of them! Over 50 years ago, Mrs Nguyu arrived […]

Celebrating women in Kindwitwi – part 1





    Last year, we funded a training course for health workers in the outlying districts to enable them to recognise and treat leprosy. However, our outreach work goes beyond this. When health workers go to villages where people who have had leprosy are living with their families, they also work […]

Outreach work – prevention of disability


People living with leprosy experience numbness and as a result, they need specially made footwear to protect their limbs from becoming damaged. Even so, many have severe disabilities as a result of late diagnosis and infection. Having the right footwear can help these people to walk – giving them greater […]

The importance of shoes


Today, Tuesday 22 March is World Water Day. Organised by UN Water, the day is part of a global mission to get safer water for all. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United […]

World Water Day 2016



This is the final clip from our historical archive audio, showcasing Father Robin Lamburn talking of religion in the village. While RLT places great value on these unique historic documents and the insight they offer into the life of the founder of Kindwitwi, Fr Robin, the personal reflections and faith that […]

Final Audio Clip- Religion in Kindwitwi


Sunday, 31 January 2016 is World Leprosy Day. The aim of World Leprosy Day is to change attitudes and increase public awareness of the fact that leprosy can now be easily prevented and cured. The day was established by French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau in 1954, who after meeting […]

World Leprosy Day 2016 – Leprosy is curable




The main income for people living in Kindwitwi is through agriculture and we actively encourage and help the villagers be self-sufficient. Each villager has a field, known locally as a ‘shamba’. These have a top of fertile soil after the annual floods and crops grown include rice, sesame, pumpkin, tomato […]

Helping people help themselves


This is the eighth clip from our historical archive audio, showcasing Father Robin Lamburn talking of education and the importance of schooling in the village. While RLT places great value on these unique historic documents and the insight they offer into the life of the founder of Kindwitwi, Fr Robin, […]

Education in Kindwitwi- the latest archive audio








  Hamisi’s grandparents both had leprosy many years ago and came to live in Kindwitwi to receive care and treatment.  Rufiji Leprosy Trust has supported Hamisi through kindergarten, primary and secondary school. He is currently away at college studying for an IT qualification and tells us his career dream is […]

Hamisi’s Story



One of the functions of the Leprosy Centre is to ensure sufferers are taught to protect their hands and feet. These two pictures explain why. The usual method of cooking in Kindwitwi is with metal pans being heated up precariously on hot charcoal. And swinging the hoe towards the body can easily […]

Why Hands and Feet need Protection




Today is the 20th anniversary of Father Robin Lamburn’s passing. Without Father Robin, Kindwitwi would not be the place it is today and RLT would not be here. We will be collecting memories, photographs and any lovely stories you have over the next month to create a memory page on […]

A memorable day – Father Robin