Reverend Fr. Ansgarius Shumbusho
Rubya Minor Seminary (Piggery Farm) in Tanzania needs support. Rubya seminary is 75 km South-West of Bukoba, Kagera Region. West of Lake Victoria in the North-Western part of Tanzania. The seminary is in a very densely populated area despite the rareness of its natural resources. More than 10,000 people are living within a radius of 5 km from the seminary and 50,000 more within a range of 10 km from the seminary. There are several schools in and around Rubya: Nursing and Midwife Training College (NMTC), Rubya Home-Craft, Rubya Vocational Educational and Training institute, Humura Secondary School, and three other primary schools. The seminary accommodates around 255 seminarians, teaching staffs, many of them are priests, and other supporting staff. The COVID -19 outbreak has forced many institutions to shut down. In order to sustain the farm activities unexpected casual laborers had to be hired, as some farmers are scared to work during this pandemic for fear of getting sick and getting their families sick. Due to self-isolation and quarantine, producers and suppliers of farm inputs are out of work and farm inputs have increased due to shortage of supplies. The prices for mash and minerals for the cows and piggery have also increased making the running cost of the farm unexpectedly very high. Hand washing points need to be installed in surrounding areas, but the sanitization points and protective gear are still not adequate to cover the needs. A donation of $25 will help with food provision and communication efforts to keep the people nourished with the Gospel.