Mission Focus - Kagera

The Diocese of Kagera, Tanzania has a special link with the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Kagera is one of the poorer areas in one of the poorest countries in the world.  Currently diocesan staff have been receiving no salary for several months and pastors and evangelists often receive gifts rather than money because there is so little cash available.  

There are two church schools in the diocese – a primary and a secondary.  Ngara Anglican Primary School (NAPS) was re-established in 2006 with several new classrooms being built as a result of an appeal in our own diocese.  However, more classrooms are still needed and both the schools continue to struggle with very small resources.

Murgwanza Hospital was built in the 1930’s by Australian missionaries from CMS.  It is in a remote location, serves a huge area and has severe staff shortages.  The nurse training school has been expanded to meet this need and also to provide better medical to remote villages.  However, it needs additional resources if it is to continue to develop.

The two major health problems in Kagera (as in so many other parts of Africa) are malaria and HIV/AIDS.  It is estimated that approximately 17% of the population of Kagera suffer from HIV/AIDS.  Malnutrition and inadequate water supplies and drainage compound these health problems.

Visit the Kagera page on the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese website.

Visit the Kagera Diocese website.

For prayer points, view the latest Prayer Diary from the Mission Focus page.