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, the personal reflections and faith that he shares do not necessarily represent the views of the Trust. For those of you who want to hear the material please visit our special pages and see below:
Please see the transcript below for clip 8. Please note we are not able to source the photographs Father Robin refers to in this clip:
Right from the start patients, I am glad to say, were keen to have a school for their children. This we managed to establish. The school is run by the government, in buildings that were built at mission charges. It happened that just as the school buildings had been completed, a young teacher named Hadrian, who was on the staff of a big school in Dar es Salaam, was stricken with leprosy. It was a virulent case and he had to come to live at Kindwitwi and was able to start our school. This sudden illness was a great shock to Hadrian. He was clearly at the outset of what promised to be a brilliant career. He had just married a very charming girl called Maria and then this: sick, disfigured, despairing and it was Maria who helped him through. She never wavered or despaired; she was the rock that saved him. Little by little, Hadrian settled down and built up the school into one of the very best primary schools. I am glad to say that he is now practically cured and the school, now with a staff of three teachers, continues its very high standard.
Now, here is another picture which shows the children of Kindwitwi School assembled for morning milk. The school building is in the background. The milk is given by the generosity of American Aid. And then here is another picture of the same morning milk. You can see the neat school uniforms of the children and the man sitting down is a patient who undertook to issue the morning milk as part of his social service.