The Luhimba Project
The villagers fetch water from pumps.
Life expectancy in the village is about 50 years, men living longer.
There are no vehicles apart from some bicycles and there is only one small shop which sells basics, such as soap.
The villagers earn their living from the land.
Michael and his late wife Angela visited the village to ascertain what were the perceived needs and to find out how we could help them to get what they wanted and not what we thought that they ought to have. In those days Luhimba was very deprived and there was extreme poverty.
Unprotected surface water was freely drunk with consequent high rates of water borne disease particularly amongst children.
Subsequent help concentrated on Education, Health, Clean Water, Agriculture and Engineering.
Following an initial grant of £12,000 things started to improve slowly with the help of other fund raising. From those early days the approach has been that we ask the villagers what they want and work with them to prioritise their needs. Not once have we imposed western Ideas on them. In this way every aspect of the project is within their own culture and understanding.
In 1993 Comic Relief agreed to support the project over a five year period, ending on 5 April 1998. During this time the project moved forward in leaps and bounds. Since then the project has relied on the donations and generous sponsorship of individuals and organisations spread over a wide area of the UK.
Michael Carey passed away in December 2008, leaving a legacy which has touched the lives of so many people in this remote corner of Africa and will continue to do so for generations to come.
The Luhimba Project, which became a registered charity in 2002, is currently run by a small group of volunteers in North Somerset, led by former headteacher Paul Temple in partnership with Dr Strato Paul Mosha who lives in Dar es Salaam and oversees each aspect of the project.
Where is Luhimba ?
The Project's achievements 1984 to the present
Installing 25 hand water wells and a ring well
Building a village dispensary and recently adding a 20-bed ward to it
Building a new village office
Building a care home
Setting up an animal project to provide, pigs, goats, cows and poultry for families