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MISUFINI LEPROSY CARE CENTRE

Misufini used to be a sisal village - built to house workers on a sisal estate before the industry collapsed. Then the Government took it over as a home for people suffering from Leprosy. Of course, their families went with them.

Leprosy is no longer the problem it was. It can be cured. However, it does still occur occasionally, and it does result in problems of rejection which means that sufferers and their families cannot always go back to their own villages. Misufini is a long way from anywhere along roads which are impassable in the wet season. Help was not always available and the village suffered from neglect.

2001: Children rarely attended school. The 7km journey was not possible in the wet season. Other children were not always kind to them.
Now the youngest are being boarded in Muheza where they can attend kindergarten and get the foundation of a good education.
There was no water, no sanitation and no electricity. Until recently, various agencies helped in various ways, but there were gaps. In 2002 a committee was set up and some aspects of life, in particular the buildings, improved. There was new accommodation, a clinic and a house for a centre manager.
Some food was grown, but it was a constant battle against drought and disease. Here orange trees have been planted (in 2001)among a maize crop, but the latter is now suffering from drought. The new committee fell apart in 2003 because of lack of communication and co-operation.
In 2007 we sent money for three goats, to start a herd. Most of the orange trees had survived and people were eating oranges! In April/May 2008 they had good rains and we sent money to help them grow maize and other crops.

2010 was Misufini Year for Tanga in Touch. They wanted more cattle, a new cowshed, and a Biogas unit. A new centre manager helped the situation and at last projects could be started with confidence. Several years of drought had not helped the water situation. The wells were dry because of a falling water table. We provided money for one SIM tank for rainwater harvesting. St. Francis Leprosy Guild provided another. Pipes and gutters were mended and now the water situation is much better - but with more cattle a drought would be bad news. Now, thanks to generous donations, they have their cowshed and also a new cow to go in it. A small dam might be the answer to the water problem. There is still a long wish list, but the future is looking better.

One of the two new SIM tanks for storing rainwater. The water situation is now more secure - but ideally they need two more.
The new cowshed. The new cow is milking well. They are hoping to build up to a herd of eight or ten, so that they can install a Biogas unit.

The St. Francis Leprosy Guild found money for a new dam.   It is a magnificent structure, but unfortunately there has not yet been enough rain to fill it.

2013   There are now six SIM tanks, provided by us, the Massachusetts Episcopal Church and the Rosminians.    We have also  provided solar power on two buildings, which gives light, telephone charging facilities, and power for a television!

Photo, left:  Anna, Centre Manager: Mwanyoka, Nursing Officer:  George, Driver: Fr. Peter Kihiyo, Committee Chairman, Mwanahaya, nurse, with the new 'American' SIM tank.

2014  The Americans found the money for more solar power for the accommodation blocks.  This year sees a joint effort to provide solar power for the Community Building, which they use as a church.

Right:  the solar panel on the roof of the clinic