COVID-19 Response for Medical Staff & Villagers

Project Leader:

Sister Mary J Wandia

Our Lady of Fatima Medical Clinic is urgently concerned for the lives of nearly 9,000 people in rural Tanzania. Often these families do not have even their basic needs met on a daily basis and it is that much harder during this pandemic.

The medical clinic is struggling to purchase the additional supplies necessary to sanitize and protect our staff and patients on top of maintaining staff salaries when out-of-work families cannot pay for treatment. We are seeking assistance to implement public awareness programs to instruct villagers on new sanitation and protection guidelines, provide materials necessary to keep villagers and our healthcare workers safe, and support for the clinic staff and food provisions for the most vulnerable through this difficult time.

Our Lady of Fatima Medical Clinic is located in Malowa village, a very rural area in the northern part of Tanzania on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Clinic was established in 2009 with the help of the Knights of Columbus, Columbia Council 7559, to help the local people in Malowa village, a community of about 4,500 people and also to provide health services to the neighboring St. John Vianney orphanage/school with the population of over 460 children.

In 2014, Our Lady of Fatima Clinic was given to the Adorer Missionary Sisters of the Poor, a very young but vibrant and determined religious community of sisters, who have totally given themselves to the preaching of the Gospel in both word and action! This community was founded in 2013.

Over the past year, due to lack of healthcare services in the area, Our Lady of Fatima Clinic extended her services to Kibandasala village, 20 miles away from Malowa on the Tanzania/Kenya border to a community of over 4,000 people. This medical clinic is an answer to the health needs of the people in the area especially the sick, old, and orphaned.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Our Lady of Fatima Clinic has experienced lots of challenges in trying to serve so many people with very limited resources. With the government-ordered mandatory lockdown, many day-laborers are out of work and unable to feed themselves let alone sustain their families and seek proper healthcare. In these circumstances, the elderly poor find themselves in most dire need.

It is the mission of the Adorer Missionary Sisters of the Poor to save lives, especially of the poor and vulnerable. The money received from this appeal will assist Our Lady of Fatima Clinic to manage the pandemic and reduce its spread by doing the following:

a. Our staff will go out to the villagers to teach and encourage safe hygiene practices to help them avoid contamination with the virus and spreading it among their families, neighbors, and friends.

b. Purchase necessary medicines and other supplies to ensure the safety of our staff and patients that will allow us to continue daily operations of tending to the sick and dying.
c. Cover part of the salaries for the ten staff members. The government does not give any support to Our Lady of Fatima Clinic.

d. Purchase 2000 bars of soap for distribution to the people in the two villages as part of the hygiene and protection education program.

e. Provide materials and teach people how to make protective face masks.

f. Support the elderly, the orphans and the poor with food supplies during this time of much distress, limited food sources, and economic insecurity.

It is our prayer and hope that through hosting public awareness campaigns, teaching safe hygiene practices, and offering continued healthcare at Our Lady of Fatima Clinic, many of our people will be spared of contracting and spreading the virus, thereby keeping their families, neighbors, friends, and villages safe. With these provisions, we can overcome this challenging time and our people can return to worship, children return to school, and adults to their livelihoods.

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$1,640

of $20,000 raised



Anna donated $25.

Teresa donated $50.

Anna donated.

David donated $50.

Regina E donated $50.

Anonymous donated $5.

Anonymous donated $50.

Hilda donated $50.

Scott donated $50.

Anna donated $50.

Mary donated $50.

William donated $100.

Jeffrey donated $50.

Anonymous donated $50.

Anonymous donated $20.

Kelli donated $50.

Judy donated $50.

Diana donated $50.

Paul donated $250.

Monique donated $50.

charles donated $50.

Dorothy donated $25.

Rene donated $25.

Anonymous donated $100.

Marilyn donated.

Anonymous donated $50.

Anonymous donated $100.

What your donation can do!

  • $20 Feed a family of 8 for a week
  • $50 100 bars of soap for villagers
  • $100 Provide masks for villagers, patients, and staff
  • $150 Supplement a day's salary for medical staff
  • $500 Medicine & sanitation supplies in the clinic


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