Life on island in an African lake

Guest speaker John Boggis
Guest speaker John Boggis

After a summer break, Mytholmroyd Mehodist Women’s Club met to hear a talk by John Boggis, whose wife Ann is a member of the club.

His illustrated talk was about their recent visit to the island of Ukerewe in Lake Victoria, East Africa.

John (pictured) said the islanders get most of their food from the lake’s fish and from subsistence farming. However the lake’s water is polluted by chemicals and has to be filtered and purified over seversal weeks before it is fit to drink.

The islanders are very poor and lack paid employment.They get most of their supplies from mthe Tanzanian mainland and from foreign charities, including Rotary.

They have one hopsital and whilst John and Ann were there they helped unload a huge container sent from England. Some of the contents were used to clean, refurbish and stock a ward which had been out of use.

Chairs, books and other supoplies were also loaded for the two secondary and several primary schools. The container also had sewing machines, kitchen utensils and others rticles for everyday use.

Mrs Sylvia Hartley presided and Mrs Phyllis Brown thanked John. The club next meets on October 7 when Mr Rodney Collinge is the speaker. New members are welcome,