The charity exists for the protection of health, the relief of poverty and the advancement of education of the people of the Tabora region of Tanzania and in particular the village of Uyogo. In addition, we seek to foster a continuing link of friendship between the people of the community of Uyogo and the people of Kenilworth.
The 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 clinic was completed three years later. Since then Kenilworth has maintained a friendship link by correspondence, exchange visits to Uyogo and raising funds to equip the clinic, the yearly of supply medicines and support of other projects. Uyogo is a large but relatively remote, rural village near the town of Tabora in the district of Urambo in NW Tanzania. The objectives of the link are the protection of health – the advancement of Education and the relief of Poverty of the people of the village of Uyogo.
On the 33rd Anniversary of the Link and we were pleased to say that over the years support for the project has grown and we have established via our Chief Liaison Officer the needs of the village community. Following the building of the Mother and Child Clinic, our next priority was the lack of clean water supplies. Inadequate sanitation and contaminated drinking water being the major cause of the spread of disease and the high death rate. Initially we supplied funding for the building of wells and adequate latrines. However, with the changing level of the water table the wells have now been replaced with a Deep Bore Hole. This was completed in 2009. Our latest project has been the provision of a Water Harvesting system installed near the village school. Future projects are also to improve the supply of water to the village by fitting pumps to the existing wells and building more Water Harvesting systems.
Chairman – Peter Fisher:
“I joined KUFL committee in 2003 as treasurer and became Chairman in 2014. My experience of Africa started in 1965 when I spent a year in Kenya with VSO teaching building and civil engineering and I have remained interested in development issues ever since. I have made several visits to different parts of Africa over the years and have visited the village of Uyogo on 3 occasions where I have been able to witness at first hand the health and education projects we have been assisting with as well as experiencing the generous hospitality of the villagers”
Treasurer – Peter Jackson:
I have been treasurer of KUFL since 2014. My wife Janet, and I have lived in the Kenilworth area since 1990, we have two grown up sons, one living and working in London, the other living and working in Warwickshire. I have held a wide variety of financial and operational positions in the computer software industry since 1981 (both in the UK and the US), and have in the past been treasurer at St Johns Church. We enjoy being part of the Kenilworth community – for recreation I frequently enjoy longish bike rides with a variety of friends, and seasonally tending the lawns and performing other gardening duties at home.
Secretary – Pam Young:
“I retired just over 8 years ago. I initially worked in Local Government – Education and School Health Departments and then for a number of years as Credit Controller for a company in Coventry. In the past I was a trustee of a local women’s refuge and also now volunteer with readers to the blind and at a local mother and toddler group. I have only recently joined the committee of KUFL.”