Watch the Presentation about various charity projects

This presentation is about the
various charity projects in Musoma
that I am involved with.
Musoma reunion 2002 was the
inspiration. The presentation is
dedicated to all Musomians.
Musoma during its zenith in 1960s
Musoma is the centre of the world! At least if you
manipulate the world map on the computer as I
have! Ha Ha Ha!
Certainly the cradle of mankind . Olduvai Gorge where human evolution
began is only a 100 miles away!
Dr Manjul K Vasant MBE
(General Dentist and Specialist in Prosthodontics)
Currently I split my time between practice, teaching
and as a volunteer for the following charities
Working for the “Greater Good” of Musoma with
•Tanzania Development Trust (Registered Charity UK)
•Go Mad (Make a Difference) in Tanzania
•Lake Victoria Disability Centre LVDC (Registered Charity in Tanzania)
•Overseas Musomians
Musoma in 1960s
Introduction to the Vasant Clan of Musoma 1940-1973
Our youngest brother Kishor (picture below) could not keep up with Niru and
I, so we decided to drop to his height!
Kishor and mother
Sister Chandra
and husband
Sister Kumud
and husband
Musoma since the decadence of 70s
Did you know Nanakchand was the 1st Musomian to receive
Queens Honours?
Mr Nanakchand MBE (circa 1950)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
This is awarded for a significant professional
achievement or outstanding service to the community.
50 years later !
MBE for another Musomian
Citation: For outstanding services to dental postgraduate education and
dentistry 2002. However, I confess mine stands for “Many Buggers Efforts”
where my friends, as always, do the work and put me on the podium! You
will see examples of this in this presentation! Thanks to the generosity of my
Risha, Manjul
Meena, Ronuk
Our first project in Mwanza
by Prem Kapoor and Manjul Vasant
Hindu Union Hospital Dental Dept
Musoma: Projects led by MV since 2002?
P1 Refurbished Iringo (Nanakchand) School Toilet block and Library £ 9,250
P2 Provided electircity and furniture to Mukendo School (Aghakhan School)
P3 Refurbished Dental Unit in Musoma Hospital £5,000
P4 Started Resuscitation Unit in Musoma Hospital £25,000 (plus local funds by
Kapoor family ) .
P5 Extended Lake Victoria Disability Centre (at the United Bus Site) £25,000
P6 Supplied books for a library Anglican Church £500
P7 Part funded vehicle for LVDC for transporting disabled people £5,000
P8 Part funded vehicle for GOMad (Anglican Church initiative) to transport sick
children from villages to a new dispensary £3,000
P9 In 2012 Feb we have purchased a 7.5 acre plot for the new LVDC . Funds
collected by me £30,000. Total spend £150K with other partners ongoing.
P10 Donations to build accommodation for volunteers £5,000
P11 In 2014 we are supplying dental equipment for Shirati and LVDC £10,000
(costs are shared with a charity based in Holland)
Projects in Musoma led by Manjul Vasant since
• P= Project followed by number
• Summary for each project with relevant
photos will follow
Source of funds?
Organisations listed below where M Vasant is connected.
Personal donations
Dental Trade
Dental Profession
Charity Walk along River Thames 5 miles in
June with London University Dental VTs
• Patients at my practice
• Anglo Asian Odontological Group (Dental)
• Central London Dental Study Group
Notable funds
• Annual event of Thames Charity Walk since 2007
raised over £65,000
• Central London Dental Study Group donated
£25,000- most of which was my unclaimed
reimbursements of several years
• Dr Arti Patel (one of my postgraduate students)
climbed Mt Kilimajaro in 2010 and collected £6,000!
• Colleagues who have foregone their lecture fees
and donated it to the Musoma cause. Most recent
examples are Drs Eddie Lynch, Richard Porter,
Wyman Chan part from myself £1,000 each.
Plaques on delivered projects in Musoma, Tanzania 2004-2007
You inspired the projects with the
very first donation.
Musomians have contributed £6K
of the total £150 K spend
Donations since 2002 for Musoma projects.
Although Musomians have relatively made a small contribution, it
provided a much needed catalyst which has snowballed!
Note: For this exercise Vasant family donations included in “Others” .
Musoma collection includes £2,500 raised in 2002 from the reunion.
Overseas Musomians donations
P1: Iringo School (formerly Nanakchand)
Thank you from Iringo school
(Formerly Nanakchand school)
P2: Mukendo School (formerly Agakhan School)
Furniture and Refubishments. Each piece marked
with “Donated by Overseas Musomians”
Musoma Hospital with Prem and Chirag
P3:Musoma Hospital Dental Clinic
Prevention of dental problems and simple treatment
may avoid scenes like this
The reported predisposing factors include:
•unsafe drinking water
•Malnutrition (particularly A Vit and B)
• dehydration and poor oral hygiene
•proximity to unkempt livestock
•recent illness
•an immunodeficiency disease, including AIDS.
Musoma Hospital dental clinic- before refurb
The dental clinic after refurbishment with
Dr Justine Ngenda (middle) and staff
After refurbishments
P4: Musoma Hospital
Resuscitation Unit
• Babies die to lack of oxygen supply and other
essential equipment
• Until 3 yrs ago 2 oxygen concentrators were
available for the whole population of 40,000 plus (no
piped oxygen)
• Power cuts are frequent.
• In 2007, we donated 6 additional oxygen
concentrators and like number of suction machines
and special beds. Since then the government has
built a much bigger Resuc unit using the equipment
we provided.
How did it come about?
• BDA Southern Counties was involved in refurbishing the
dental clinic in the same hospital (Musoma)
• During my visit, a recent émigré from India recited the story
about his nine month old baby who died as there was no
oxygen machine
Resuscitation Unit
Resucitation Unit
Musoma Hospital
Co-ordinated by
Manjul Vasant
Prem Kapoor
Plaque in the Resus Unit
Oxygen concentrators
And suction units
Disability rates in Musoma
• Overall, 1 in 11 people in
Tanzania are disabled.
• In Musoma the figure
rises to 1 in 7!impairment
More poverty in the villages
• The rural communities
of Mara continue to
suffer from abject
• Ill health caused by
• No affordable health
service, like the NHS.
Educational poster for infant mutilation prevention.
This is a plea against using witch doctors to unnecessarily remove permanent
tooth buds in infants in unhygienic conditions which often results in
Septicaemia, HIV, Tetanus and death
LVDC what does it do?
- Teaches children woodwork, dressmaking,
knitting etc
- Provides daily training for students
- Teaches Sign language to deaf students, and
their friends and families.
P5: Lake Victoria Disability Centre(United Bus Bld)
Denis Mahina and M Vasant with the disabled students
P5 Lake Victoria Disability Center
2010 Visit Drs Monik Vasant, Kiran Vasant, Zahra Jivraj
P5:Refurbished LVDC
• Oct 2008 visit to Musoma
• Dentists: Auriel Gibson, Keval Shah,
Manny Vasant
• Doctor: Kishor Vasant
• Builder: Hudson Cook
• Other helpers: Meena Vasant, Fleur
Batten, Sandra Cameron, Gilbert
Cameron, Lizzie Cameron, Andie
Dr Kishor Vasant turned builder!
P6: Library at the Anglican Church
• Encyclopedias
• Other books
P7: LVDC vehicle and
P8: Go Mad vehicle
New site and visit in 2012
P9: LVDC at Nyabangi,Musoma
P9: New LVDC Nyabangi foundation 2012
15 delegates from the UK +1 Botswana
P9: Bricks named for each £100
contribution. To partake, Send e mail
New site 7 acres. Brick dedicated
to anyone with donation of £100
P10: Volunteer Home under construction
P11: Some of equipment awaiting
dispatch to LVDC and Shirati 2014
Project 12 Mobile dental/medical equipment £5,000
2010 Visit Drs Monik Vasant, Kiran Vasant, Zahra Jivraj
Charity walk for Musoma along River Thames 5 miles
Next 13th June 2014
About 6 Musomians turn up normally. Other are dentists (VTs) and friends of Manjul.
This will be your last chance with London VTs as MV has resigned from this job. See blog for flyer
or send e mail to
Mahendra Pashabhai Patel has regularly sponsored drinks Thanks.
No deductions form any donations!
• No one has claimed or has been paid for any
expenses (travelling or subsistence or any
other) i.e. each person pays his own way and
for everything and does free work!
• Therefore, 100% of donations go to the
How have we changed their
lives so far ?
Yes we have made a big difference albeit to a
few people
With your help we can help many more
What do we want to do now?
Continue to raise funds to support LVDC
Other needy groups in Musoma
Support Go Mad in Tanzania projects
To donate go to the following link
Click “Donate” and then they later get the chance to leave a
message and that is where they put a note to say that it is for
Musoma appeal.
Please donate through just giving to Tanzania
Development Trust and leave a message when
prompted “For Musoma account Ref M Vasant”
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