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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$3,559

of $3,559 raised



Hanh donated $50.

Linda donated $5.

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William donated $100.

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Kathy donated $25.

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Diana donated $50.

Gregory donated $100.

Anonymous donated $500.

Elise donated $25.

Diana donated $125.

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Anna donated $25.

Teresa donated $50.

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David donated $50.

Regina E donated $50.

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Hilda donated $50.

Scott donated $50.

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


Project Updates

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Dear Hanh, Thank you so much for your kindness in supporting our mission to the sick, the children and the poor. I am so sorry for the delay in acknowledging the gifts you so kindly have made in support of our mission. I have been away in very remote areas visiting our missions to give moral support to our sisters and staff as they continue to respond to the challenges of covid-19. There I had no internet connection. May God reward you abundantly for your support.

2 months ago

Hanh donated $50.

3 months ago

Linda donated $5.

3 months ago
  

Project Leader:

Mary J Wandia
Dear Linda, Thank you so much for your kind donation in support of medical clinic, staff and villagers in response to the challenges of covid-19. Your gift is much appreciated. Sorry I was out in the missions in areas without internet connections and therefore could not send you a thank you note. Please know we are grateful and wish you all the best for the New Year! Peace!

2 months ago

hanh donated $50.

3 months ago

William donated $100.

4 months ago
  

Project Leader:

Mary J Wandia
Dear William, Thank you so much for your generous donation to our mission in response to covid-19 challenges. Sorry I was not able to thank you immediately because I was away in very remote territories of our mission where internet doesn't exist. Please accept my thanks together with our staff and villagers. Have a very blessed year. PEACE!

2 months ago


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