The Kenilworth-Uyogo Friendship link started in 1979, when the people of Kenilworth raised over £2,400 for its International Year of the Child project to enable a Mother and Child clinic to be built and equipped in the village of Uyogo in the Tabora Region of Tanzania, using local materials and labour.
The Mother & Child Clinic was completed in 1982. Since then Kenilworth has maintained a friendship link by correspondence, exchange visits to and from Uyogo and raising funds to equip the clinic, the annual supply medicines and support of other projects.
The villagers make bricks and build the clinic buildings, classrooms and houses but we supply money for the materials such as roof sheets and cement. The Tanzanian government then pays the teachers’ salaries, so we all work together.
The friendship link has built two new nurses’ houses and new classrooms, dedicated to the late Eric Deal, a founder member of the group. It also sponsored village nurse Joyce Ongati enabling her to complete a doctor’s course in Dar es Salaam.