Next from our archive- overcoming resistance and fostering self sufficiency

This latest clip is the sixth from historical archive audio showcases Father Robin Lamburn talking of overcoming stigma and fostering self sufficiency 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 6:

And so we fed the patients and we gave them blankets and clothes, just as of old, until they realised that we were their friends.    We helped crippled patients to build better huts.   We built a nice dispensary where treatment could be properly given, instead of doling out pills under a tree.   And here you see a picture of the dispensary.  

The pic…this next picture shows you the central block of buildings as they are now.   There are houses for a nurse and a teacher, and you can see again the dispensary. 

Then we began to talk about self-reliance.  Until one day I announced that in a year’s time, I should cease to issue certain items of food and that I should expect everyone to plant and harvest those items for themselves.  Then, we cleared thirty-six acres of land and planted them and then handed the land over, with its crops, to the patients and told them, ‘There, we have given you a flying start, now carry on.’   So little by little, with many set backs and at times a lot of grumbling and we worked to get the people self-reliant and self-supporting.  Now, about one third of the patients can support themselves entirely and everyone does something for himself, even the most crippled cases.  One man called Cassim, who has no hands at all, makes a little living by going out in his canoe, which he paddles for himself and fishing.   You might not think it is possible to do that with no hands but it’s really true.