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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







In the early 1980s, Dr Ian Quidgley spent around eight months in Kindwitwi, staying with Father Lamburn before starting his medical training in London. He forwarded us some great pictures of his time there, and our co-chair, Dr Feather took these with her when she recently visited. There’s nothing like […]

Kindwitwi locals – then and now


In late October our co-chair Dr Sarah Feather is visiting Kindwitwi to meet with members of the Kindwitwi Leprosy Care Centre. While other trustees have been over recently, it has been several years since Sarah has been to Kindwitwi and we’ll updating you on her trip through on our social […]

Trustees’ update – Autumn 2017





It’s National Volunteers week in the UK. Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1st-7th June every year. From people who organise fundraising initiatives to our trustees who give their time voluntarily, we’d like to thank all […]

Thank you to our volunteers








We’re delighted to hear our trustee Jenny Crosgrove finished the New York marathon yesterday. Jenny says she thinks it was possibly one of the slowest marathons ever recorded but it was still an incredible achievement given the number of injuries both she and her dad had trained through. “Also I […]

Congratulations Jenny





  We were all deeply saddened to hear of the death of our trustee Bill Powell on 11th July and the Rufiji Leprosy Trust sends its condolences to his wife Ochan and her family. In 1983, while working at the International School in Dar, Bill first led a group of […]

Vale trustee Bill Powell



    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