Fundraising appeal for Covid Help to People with Leprosy in Africa

become a pal of a PAL

– A PAL is a Person Affected by Leprosy –
LUV+ invites you to ‘become a pal of a PAL’ today and help some of the most vulnerable, disabled communities in Africa.

LUV+ is urgently raising money to provide Covid equipment like soap, masks and gloves to 16 leprosy communities in Tanzania, along with emergency food supplies to help them in the difficult months ahead. We also aim to provide an appropriate, sustainable income generating project like a small chicken farm, to assist them achieve real food security.

Over 500 PALs will be assisted, along with their spouses, children and granchildren, so you will directly help over 2,000 of the poorest and most marginalised people in Tanzania. All monies raised will be spent directly on providing these items, in partnership with the Tanzanian Leprosy Association with whom LUV+ has worked for many years.                 

Thank you for becoming ‘a pal of a PAL’

LuvPlus meets the Princess Royal

At the recent Scotland Malawi Partnership Member Awards event, LuvPlus were given the opportunity to meet with Princess Anne, and inform her of the work we undertake. Nigel was able to update her on the needs of People Affected by Leprosy in sub-Saharan Africa, and more specifically about some of the LuvPlus projects in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.

Sad news from Utale

We heard recently that Bernardo, the village chief of the leprosy community at Utale, had died. Fr. Francis travelled to Utale to take the funeral and he was understandably upset as he has known Bernado for over 15 years and they got on really well.

It is unclear exactly how old he was – probably mid 80’s which is remarkable for someone with such bad leprosy. He arrived in Utale in 1946 from the south of Malawi and stayed there ever since, marrying and having numerous children and grandchildren. Nobody seems to know how long he has been the chief for.

Attached are 3 photos, one when President Banda visited – he is 3rd to the right of her, wearing his trademark yellow crochet hat, another one with Nigel and the community at Utale after a meeting and finally one with 2 of his grandchildren. He was a great chief helping all he could but he also loved to drink the local whisky/kachasu and to dance !

A remarkable man – RIP Bernardo.

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New funding

In March 2016, LUV+ secured £60,000 for 8 new income-generating projects in E Zambia and S Tanzania- £48,000 from the Scottish government’s International Development program’s Small Grant scheme and £12,000 from the Souter Charitable Trust in Scotland.

Starting in the summer of 2016 and lasting for 2 years, the projects will provide vital income to some of the most neglected communities in sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from the rearing of chickens to building maize mills.

Our overall aim is to provide an income-generating project to every leprosy community in 4 of the poorest countries of southern Africa (Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe).



New Maize Mill

In 2012 LUV, in partnership with the St Francis Leprosy Guild, completed the construction of a maize mill at Utale. This now provides regular income for the patients as well as being of great use to nearby villagers who used to have to travel long distances to have their maize processed.


World Leprosy Day Event – Edinburgh

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On the same day a fundraising meal was held at the Piatto Verde restaurant in Edinburgh and over £500 was raised. The money was used to buy new mattresses for all the patients.

On 7th September 2013 a fundraising event, Magnolias for Malawi, was held in Glasgow. There was an exhibition of flower arranging, some Indian drumming music and a magic show to end with.

Again, over £500 was raised which went to pay for a 2nd hand motorcycle to enable medical staff to visit surrounding villages where they can treat minor ailments and explain the facts about leprosy in an attempt to de-stigmatise the condition.