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Project information

Education support for families affected by leprosy

Those affected by leprosy are often too disabled to work and provide for their children. This project will raise funds for a year of secondary education for 20 children living in families affected by leprosy, to improve their long term chances of employment and achieving financial independence.

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: The Rufiji Leprosy Trust

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  • Need


    The problem is one of poor educational achievement in children living in families affected by leprosy in the village of Kindwitwi, Tanzania. People affected by leprosy are often too disabled too work and rely on their children to care for them. The children do not have the opportunity to further their education and have no means of independently bringing money in for their family.


    By giving the children the opportunity to attend secondary school, the Rufiji Leprosy Trust hopes this will increase the employment opportunities for these children and in the long term help create economic stability for their family.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To pay the secondary school fees for twenty children living in families affected by leprosy.


    » Channel funds via the Kindwitwi Leprosy Development Association to enable the children to attend school with the necessary equipment and uniform.

    What success will look like

    Attendance rates and exam success of the twenty children being supported.

  • Impact


    Education has been shown to improve the health and social well being of the child and also their family.
    Long term success would be demonstrated by how many children complete their secondary education and manage to find employment.


    There is a risk that children who have been selected to receive this support do not attend school or perform poorly at school.
    The Kindwitwi Leprosy Development Association will monitor the children supported to ensure they attend school and are working appropriately.


    Donors will be informed of the progress of all aspects of the work of the Rufiji Leprosy Trust, including the education project, via a quarterly news letter. Information is also posted regularly on social media sites and the charity produces an annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,360

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      Amount Heading Description
      £560 Equipment 20 mosquito nets 20 school uniform
      £3,000 School fees 20 boarding school fees
      £240 School fees 20 holiday tuition fees
      £320 Books 20 exercise books text books and pens etc
      £240 School fees 20 general school fees
  • Background


    Kindwitwi village is in the Rufiji Area of Tanzania, East Africa. The village has only recently had access to water in the village in the form of stand pipes and a few houses now have the opportunity to connect to mains electricity. The village was originally a 'leprosy camp' but is now registered and run as a Tanzanian village with families affected by leprosy and those who have not living side by side.


    The village of Kindwitwi as a whole will benefit from the project as a whole generation will receive secondary education and be able to bring new skills into the village.
    The families of the children educated will benefit as their children have better job opportunities and can bring more money into the family.
    Each child will benefit as they will be able to gain more qualifications and obtain employment which they may not otherwise have been able to.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Rufiji Leprosy Trust has been working to help the people of the village of Kindwitwi become more self reliant and overcome the disadvantages they have had as a result of physical and economic disability from the effect of leprosy since 1983. We have established The Kindwitwi Leprosy Care and Community Development Association as our partner organisation in Tanzania who manage all the projects we support. Our long links with the village make us the most appropriate organisation .

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Abdallah Nguyu

    Mr.Nguyu is the centre manager for Kindwitwi and is ideally placed to administer the funds and monitor progress.