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Weʼre raising £2,500 to pay for urgent medical care for Bertha.

Tanzania
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Bertha is in need of urgent medical care. Thank you if you are able to make a donation.

I first met Bertha in April 2000 when she came to the UK on a visit to schools in Devon, Cornwall and Kent. She had been selected by the charity called ‘The Friends of Urambo & Mwanhala’ - which encourages school links between the UK and Tanzania - because she was a Biology teacher in Urambo at that time. Her trip was sponsored by the Cranbrook School Tanzania Project.

It was impossible not to make friends with Bertha the instant you met her. She was warm, friendly and smiley and her laugh was (and still is!) infectious. She was so interested in the children in the schools she visited and they too loved her immediately. Only those who spent longer with her learnt that privately she was still grieving for her two small children who had died not long before she flew to the UK.

On her return, Bertha continued to support the work of FUM in Tanzania and she and her husband (who was the District Medical Officer) were wonderful hosts to the English medical students who visited Urambo for their electives. Bertha herself was extremely generous with her time, mentoring biology students in Urambo Secondary School, where she was a teacher.

However only a year later, we heard that her husband David had died suddenly of cerebral malaria, leaving Bertha (who had already lost her own parents) all alone in Urambo. Seeking to start a new life, Bertha moved first to Morogoro and thence to Dar es Salaam, where she began teaching at the ABC Capital School. There she met her fiancé, Paul, and was at last beginning to find happiness again.

Very sadly, Bertha recently developed a serious skin infection, which she has allowed me to show in the photo at the top. Unfortunately, her inability to work at the moment means that she has, quite literally, run out of money and can no longer access the medical help she so desperately needs. If you can, please give a little to help us to help her do this.

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  • Mary  Kenway2 months ago
    Mary  Kenway

    Mary Kenway

    2 months ago

    Our grateful thanks to Mr Hella for visiting Bertha on our behalf. She was so touched to see all of the beautiful messages and donations you have sent her. In the photo below, you can see Betha looking at her crowdfunding page for the very first time. Mr Hella is now trying to find somewhere for her to stay near Ocean Road Hospital to spare her the ordeal of travelling to and fro while she is feeling so poorly. I therefore ask for your continued support by sharing her story, or giving if you are able.

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  • Mary  Kenway3 months ago
    Mary  Kenway

    Mary Kenway

    3 months ago
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    I am relieved to report that Bertha has now had a biopsy at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute and begins her treatment today. Unfortunately, the hospital is a fifty minute drive from her home and she will need to make this journey by bus many times over the coming months. I ask, therefore, for your continued support by sharing her story with your friends and family and donating if you are able. Every donation, big or small, will help extend her treatment and increase her chances of recovery. Thank you.

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Page last updated on: 8/9/2018 2:03 PM

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21

  • Stephanie DeBrita

    Stephanie DeBrita

    Aug 9, 2018

    Wishing Bertha a speedy and full recovery.Stephanie & Johnxx

    £85.00

  • Mike Izzard

    Mike Izzard

    Jun 25, 2018

    £20.00

  • LMM Scott

    LMM Scott

    Jun 17, 2018

    I hope the treatment goes well xx

    £25.00

  • Mary Kenway

    Mary Kenway

    Jun 15, 2018

    A lovely donation from my cousin Pat in Cork who said, "I hope she gets the necessary medication to make her better."

    £20.00

  • Rod Smith

    Rod Smith

    Jun 12, 2018

    Hi Mary, I see the fund is growing slowly. Let's hope it continues

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 12, 2018

  • John Moxom

    John Moxom

    Jun 11, 2018

    Mary,Thanks for telling us about Bertha. We hope that our donation helps you to reach your target. Sue & John

    £50.00

Mary  Kenway

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