Father Lamburn – Audio Archive Found


We are really pleased to announce that over the next few months we will be releasing archive audio from Father Robin Lamburn, the founder of today’s Kindwitwi. For those of you who want to hear the material please visit our special pages and see below:

As we release these short clips we will also be releasing a transcript for our friends and supporters who may prefer to read these interesting clips from our history. If you have any comments or corrections please email our trustee Rachael Green (rachael.l.green28@gmail.com).

Please see below the transcript for clip 1:

“This Robin Lamburn speaking, and I want to tell you about something we are trying to do in the Rufiji District of Tanzania.   Sited about a mile from one to the other:  bounded on the north by the Rufiji River… so it was that when I went to Utete … in 1963 Dr… came to me, he said,“What am I to do … I have this leprosarium, nominally under my care, and I know that I am simply not doing my job there viagra quebec canada.   How can I?   I’ve got a big hospital to run single-handed and all the dispensaries in the district to oversee.   The leprosarium is in a disgraceful condition.   I know it.  The dispensary has fallen down.   The patients’ huts are falling down.   The treatment is being given by two quite unqualified men, who are themselves are patients.   I issue the drugs – that’s all that I can do.   Lack of time and funds forbid me to do more.

I gave him what comfort I could, but, to tell the truth, at the time, what he said, alas, made very little impression on me.  Now, here is the first picture.  In this picture , you see some of the huts in which the patients lived.   I am sorry that I haven’t got a slide to show you the huts as they were when we took over.   Most of them were in a far worse condition than the ones that you see in this picture.….about  the work of the Rufiji Mission, which was the missionary effort of the Masasi Diocese …To Mtwara I went and there I had to spend the night.   It chanced that I had to share a room at the Mission with Bert Tremlin, who was the leprosy worker in that area.   In conversation with him, I told him what Dr Tutete had told me about Kindwitwi.   At that Bert exclaimed, “But why don’t you take it over?   We health care workers have been trying to get into that area for a long time.”   And he went on to explain just why they had been unable to start work in the Rufiji District and how much they needed to have a centre there for the disease … … … I told him … …    He (?) said ‘That’s all very well but what can we undertake?’    I said ‘Let’s take over the leprosarium at Kindwitwi’.   And at once he answered, ‘Right. Well, we will do just that.

Easier said than done!   I don’t think that either of us, certainly not I, realised how difficult the work was going to be.”