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Last year, with the support of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, journalist Eleanor Brennan travelled to Tanzania to find out more about leprosy, its social stigma and impacts for a newstalk radio in Ireland. Here are the reflections of her visit: Leprosy: the Last Relic of the Old World In […]

The stigma of leprosy – reflections of a visitor to Kindwitwi








We are always happy to hear about visitors to Kindwitwi. This year the Kindwitwi Team hosted Rachel Manolson and her family. Rachel spent six months in Kindwitwi in her gap year in 1990. She lived as Father Robin’s guest and spent time assessing and documenting the disabilities faced by individual […]

Kindwitwi welcomes visitors


The Rufiji Leprosy Trust believes that education is a way to support people to gain access to new opportunities and find pathways to better lives especially when they have been directly impacted by leprosy.  The Trust uses some of the funds you donate to sponsor young people whose family have […]

Education Sponsorship



All our readers are aware that Leprosy is curable. But did you know work is being done to prevent the spread of leprosy within a population? We were pleased to hear that in October Dr. NJacko, who works closely with our Chairman Burchard Rwamtoga and the Tanzania National TB and […]

News from the Trustees


Salum, the village shoemaker shares with us the latest leprosy updates and news from the village. Over the past three months heavy rain has been affecting several areas in Tanzania.  These rains have caused flooding and a number of rivers have overflowed.  We have also seen damage to houses and […]

News from the village


News from the Trustees: The Rufiji Leprosy Trust’s Annual Report to the Charity Commission. Each year the Rufiji Leprosy Trust submits financial and narrative reports to the Charity Commission in the UK. In case you have not had a chance to look up this information on RLT’s 2018 performance, we […]

Making a difference to the lives of people living with ...



We are proud to have developed relationships with a number of institutions that want to support our community achieve our goals and vision. Kikundi cha Mafanikio (KCM) produces vegetables under the support of Better Lives Organisation. It produces vegetables for the RLT supported kindergarten, enabling the children to have a […]

The KCM vegetable garden


A few months ago, you will remember we updated you on the changes to our partner organisation in Kindwitwi, which changed its operating name from Kindwitwi Leprosy Care and Community Development Association (KLCCDA) to the Foundation for Rapid Response to TB and Leprosy (FRRTL). Click here for more details. This […]

An update from The Foundation for Rapid Response to TB ...


In Salum’s latest update we were sorry hear one of our long-standing ex-leprosy patients, Habiba, has passed away on 18th May 2019. Habiba had lived for many years in Kindwitwi, and had been a widow since her husband died here in 1979. She had been living in our ward and had been […]

Vale Habiba – a well loved lady in Kindwitwi








We are always encouraging Kindwitwi to develop relationships with different donors and individuals that want to support Kindwitwi in other areas of village life and development besides leprosy related aspects. So we were really pleased when Salum, our specially trained shoemaker told us the following: “One of our supporters is […]

Strengthening local support


Rufiji Leprosy Trust would like to inform RLT donors of some changes affecting the status of our partner organisation. Our long-term donors may remember that back in 2006, the RLT Trustees resident in Tanzania worked very hard with the staff in Kindwitwi to facilitate the formation of a Not for […]

Our partner organisation in Kindwitwi





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?



Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and this year’s theme is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. Empowering, inclusiveness and equality is something we continually strive for. The stigma of leprosy has long been attributed to the physical deformities associated with leprosy. As a place […]

Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality










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