Mankia’s Mission Quilt

Mankia sitting on a bed, holding a Quilt

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Jun 14, 2013

Ndenaghafumwa Umburi is featured in our video, “Two Women. Two Lives. Touched by an LWR Quilt.” Here is a little more about her.

Ndenaghafumwa Umburi (her name means “let us glorify God”) is a busy woman to say the least. Ndenaghafumwa, who goes by Mankia for short, lives on a shamba (farm) on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. I met Mankia and her family the day they received two LWR Mission Quilts, delivered by the local Lutheran pastor. (The Quilts arrived just in time as it was rainy season in Tanzania and quite cold and wet in the village.)

On the day I spent with Mankia, she prepared breakfast for her family, cut banana leaves to feed her cows, harvested mchicha (amaranth greens) and cooked them for lunch, walked to a distant field to weed her corn and bean crops, walked back home, cooked supper, tidied her small home and cleaned up all the dishes from the day.

close-up of Mankia

Mankia sits with and listens to community members.

She also shared a good laugh with a neighbor who dropped by, hosted her pastor for tea, and caught up on the village news with another neighbor.

At the end of the long and busy day Mankia was able to rest warmly under her new LWR Mission Quilt. The second Quilt covered her son, Goodlove, who has been confined to his bed for 18 years after a fall from an avocado tree left him paralyzed from the waist down. An extra layer of warmth from an LWR Mission Quilt will help prevent what could be a life-threatening illness for Goodlove, who is especially vulnerable to extreme weather conditions.

man lying on bed with LWR Quilt over him

Mankia’s son, Goodlove, has been paralyzed for 18 years. Mission Quilts provide him necessary warmth during unpredictable weather.

And just as the Quilts will warm Goodlove and Mankia physically, they will also warm them spiritually and emotionally as they feel supported and cared for by people who are serving Christ through serving him.

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is Lutheran World Relief's Communications Officer for East Africa, based in Arusha, Tanzania

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