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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

Rufiji Leprosy Trust has benefitted from many legacies over the years – which have really changed the lives of people in Kindwitwi. We have used legacy income to support leprosy relief work, development of new needs for the village and within our daily support of the village. Thank you so […]

Legacies for Rufiji Leprosy Trust

Children at Kindwitwi - October 2022
Between 6 and 15 October 2022, Geoff O’Donoghue (Co-Chair of RLT) and Jennifer Cosgrave (RLT Trustee) travelled to Kindwitwi to spend some long-overdue time with the team on the ground and re-connect with the community that your donations support. The impact of the pandemic has meant that the trustees have […]

Trustee visit to Kindwitwi – October 2022

As part of our new series, Stories from Kindwitwi, the trustees from RLT are collating the varied and fascinating experiences, anecdotes and stories that our global community has had in Kindwitwi.  To capture these stories, our trustees are inviting people from the RLT community to have a virtual coffee with […]

Stories from Kindwitwi – Nick Bowley- June 2022

We are sorry to bring you the news that Bob Laverton MBE, who was a trustee of RLT for more than 30 years, passed away at the age of 100 earlier this month.  Amongst his many accomplishments, Bob spent forty-two years with Lloyds Bank plc, of which 22 were in […]

News from the Trustees – Bob Laverton – June 2022

For this instalment of the Newsletter, we asked the team in Kindwitwi to share with us the story of the Ward, which is one of the most important projects that your donations continue to support.  In their own words, this is what the team told us! Kindwitwi Leprosy Ward was […]

Leprosy News from Kindwitwi – June 2022

Bob Laverton
Many of you will know or remember G.W.W. Laverton. Bob is one of the founding members of the Rufiji Leprosy Trust and was awarded an MBE in 2004 for his services to RLT in Tanzania.  His dedication to the people of Kindwitwi has always been unwavering.  We are happy to […]

G.W.W. Laverton’s 100th Birthday

We have been going through our archives and came across a newsletter from Father Robin Lamburn in 1979 he wrote: ‘In six months’ time we hope to establish a really good Day Care Centre for the children who are under school age. Little babies are usually well cared for by […]

News from the Trustees- April 2021

Dr William Mapuga
Leprosy detection work continues, and five new Leprosy diagnoses have been made since our last newsletter. Community sensitisation work continues in schools and villages. The National TB and Leprosy Programme has held its annual meeting and resolved to try and eliminate Leprosy as a Public Health problem from all regions […]

Leprosy News- April 2020

Your support means that the Rufiji Leprosy Trust can provide young people to access educational opportunities that they might not otherwise have. In our last newsletter we shared with you how RLT supports young people to go to University but did you know that for many years RLT has supported […]

Education in Kindwitwi

This is the latest news from our colleagues in Kindwitwi, specifically Salum.  Salum’s main responsibilities are to make specially adapted shoes for people who have disabilities as a result of leprosy.  He was trained as a shoemaker using funds that you provided to RLT.  We are grateful that Salum collates […]

News from the village November 2020

It is heartening to hear, despite the challenges of COVID, our outreach service has continued, and our teams are still able to help and support those who have contracted leprosy. Here’s what Salum, our talented shoemaker told us: It has been very challenging to carry out our usual outreach work […]

Outreach continues in COVID

Salum, our talented shoemaker, recently sent us the following update on life in Tanzania generally: On the 28th October Presidential and Parliamentary elections will take place in Tanzania and the political atmosphere has been tense over the past weeks and months. The current President, Mr Magufuli is seeking re-election for […]

Situation in Tanzania

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 ...