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Lake Victoria Disability Centre logo
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About us

Lake Victoria Disability Centre (LVDC) is located close to the busy town of Musoma, Northern Tanzania in the District of Butiama, Mara Region, Tanzania.

The centre serves a population of around 2 million people living in the Mara Region and over five million living in the neighbouring regions of Simiyu, Shinyanga, Geita, Mwanza and Bukoba. It is estimated that over 13% of the population has a disability.

Since 2002, the school has been a centre of excellence in teaching vocational and life skills to children and young adults with disabilities.

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Aims & Objectives

  • To teach Vocational Education to youths living with a disability/able bodied in the Mara Region in an inclusive environment
  • To offer health and wellbeing services to the wider disabled community through Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
  • To increase self-esteem, confidence and communication for people with disabilities and their families in a safe and welcoming environment
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Why we do it?

According to the World Health Organisation, 10% of the population of Tanzania are disabled. This is due to a number of factors such as poor health conditions, a lack of treatment for polio, malaria and meningitis, mishandling at birth, traditional practices and gender inequality. There are very few medical and rehabilitation services in place for people with disabilities – in the Mara Region with a population of over a million, there is only 1 physiotherapist, 85% of the disabled population in Mara are unable to access education beyond primary school, 50% of whom have not attended school at all. The centre not only teaches essential life skills such as sign language and vocational skills but also works to change perceptions of disability.

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Our story

The Lake Victoria Disability Centre (LVDC) was founded in 2002 by Dennis Maina as a vocational training centre teaching skills such as woodwork, metalwork, dressmaking and knitting to the disabled youths of Mara. By learning a vocational skill the youths were not only reducing dependency on their families but becoming independent members of their community. Since we opened our services have grown significantly and the centre is now an inclusive school, encouraging integration within the community of Mara.

The wider community is actively assisted by the provision of rehabilitation services and to support this a Prosthetic, Orthotic and Physiotherapy department was set up in 2016 offering invaluable support to disabled children and adults living in Mara Region.

Man with prosthetic arm holding a cup of tea

LVDC supply and fit artificial hands, arms and legs.

Read more about our work in prosthetics

Baby being treated for club foot

We also treat babies with club foot and others requiring orthotic support.

Read more about our work in orthotics

Young child receiving physio treatment

Physiotherapy is given to patients who have been fitted with artificial limbs or orthotic devices.

Read more about our work in physio

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Lake Victoria Disability Scotland (LVDCS)

LVDCS was registered as a charity in 2012 with the sole purpose of supporting the work of LVDC Tanzania. The objectives of LVDCS are:

  • To raise/collect donations that will aid the development and running costs of LVDC
  • To offer advice and give practical assistance to LVDC
  • To encourage and provide information to volunteers going to LVDC
  • To collect and send donated resources to LVDC
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Our team in Tanzania

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Dennis Maina
Director

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Betsheba Maximilian
Physiotherapist

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Rajabu Hamis
Prosthetic and Orthotics

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Sato John
P&O technician

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Emmanuel Ndalo Mashauri
P&O technician

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Naomi Magee
P&O technician

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Nyambura
Assistant Physiotherapy

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Madam Julieth
Sewing Teacher

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Marco Masumbuk
Electrical Installation

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Charles Semunge
Welding & Metalwork Teacher

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Mr Benson
Laboratory Assistant Teacher

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Xavery Phelix
Electrical Installation Teacher

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Mr Zabron Mazura
Mining Teacher

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Hamad Likandapai
Plumbing Teacher

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Gasper Lili
Woodwork teacher

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Kassim
Biotechnology Teacher

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Penina Njaga
Cashier

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Felix Omond
Program Officer

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Perus Ombat
Program Officer

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Mr Mwita
Security Man

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Husna Ismail
Teaching Coordinator

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Feruz
Driver

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