Help us extend essential care across Tanzania

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Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Help us extend essential care across Tanzania
Elizabeth, peer trainer of youth with spina bifida
Elizabeth, peer trainer of youth with spina bifida

Dear Friends,

Greetings, and Happy New Year! We are excited to share with you some updates from our sister organization, CCBRT, from the last few months.

October 14 was World Sight Day, an international day of awareness for blindness and vision impairment. To commemorate, CCBRT held a joint eye screening at Kilwa Road hospital with the Tanzania Police Force, which was attended by hundreds in the community.

CCBRT’s Eye Department is the busiest unit of the Disability Hospital, and Tanzania’s largest provider of eye care. Optometrists prescribe and manufacture glasses, contact lenses and other low-vision devices critical to improving the quality of life and economic well-being of patients, allowing children to continue with their studies or adults to carry out activities essential for their jobs. Eye screenings are an important tool for patient outreach, and the kind of initiative made possible through your support.

CCBRT’s rehabilitation center in Moshi, the House of Hope, recently received 166 state-of-the-art child wheelchairs to be provided to children in the Kilimanjaro region and beyond, improving their mobility, independence, and quality of life. Your generosity will help support ongoing programming to assist children with disabilities in the use of these wheelchairs, including fitting, user training, and follow up by expert staff.

Improved access to healthcare and assistive devices like eyeglasses and wheelchairs empowers people to reach their full potential and helps break the cycle of poverty. Your donations through GlobalGiving allow CCBRT to provide these services to those who need them most in Tanzania. As always, we are so thankful for your support and look forward to sharing more updates in our next report.

With Gratitude,
Robert Schwed
President, Kupona Foundation Board of Directors

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A before and after of the building
A before and after of the building

Dear Friends,

We have very exciting news to share with you from Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT)

In April, the New Maternity Wing was finally opened after 10 years of construction!

This facility, which was built through the support of our partners and stakeholders, is a 200-bed hospital that will change the maternal health landscape in Dar es Salaam. CCBRT is recognized as a super-specialist hospital by the Government of Tanzania, and this new wing will be the largest of its kind, providing complex high-quality maternal and neonatal care. CCBRT’s new wing boasts 8 delivery suites, state-of-the-art operating theaters, and postnatal wards. Thanks to your support, we will be able to provide high-quality care to mothers and babies in Tanzania as well as continue offering free surgeries to women living with fistula.

Your donations will now go an even longer way in supporting women in need as we will reach more women  Earlier in the year, students from Northwestern University, USA conducted an impact audit of our Maternal Health Capacity Building (MHCB) Program. Students measured the dollar cost of every additional life year for mothers and babies as implemented by CCBRT’s MHCB program. Each life-year gained from the program costs $3.88. CCBRT continues to provide high-quality care with a focus on high yield at the lowest possible cost, ensuring that your donation impacts as many lives as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing our annual report and providing you with more updates in our next report!

With Gratitude,

Susana Oguntoye

Executive Director

P.S. GlobalGiving’s Little by Little campaign is coming up in the next 2 weeks! Beginning on Monday, September 13th and until 11:59 pm ET on Friday, September 17th, donations up to $50 will be matched at 50%. Please consider sharing this Project Report via email or social media with a note about the matching funds and why you give to support Kupona.

CCBRT staff in front of the new facility
CCBRT staff in front of the new facility
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Dear Friends,

Greetings! We are excited to share with you the developments at Kupona and our sister organization, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) over the past few months. A lot has happened in the country with the loss of President Magufuli, the transition to a new Tanzanian leader under President Samia Suluhu, and a changing stance toward COVID.

Over the past few months, CCBRT conducted free glaucoma screenings during World Glaucoma Week and screened 200+ patients. CCBRT raised awareness of the risks and treatment of glaucoma. Additionally, for International Women’s Week, we offered free cervical cancer screening. We are able to provide these services because of the support we receive through GlobalGiving

Last month, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Community Service and Development delegation in Tanzania led by the Tanzanian Minister of Health, Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, visited CCBRT to assess the facility’s work. She was accompanied by her deputy, Dr. Godwin Mollel, and other members of parliament. CCBRT’s Chief Executive Officer, Brenda Msangi, the Hospital Executive Committee, and staff showed them around CCBRT’s facilities, discussing work on advocacy and inclusion for people with disabilities.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your ongoing support. The important work that we do is impossible without your contributions.

Sincerely,

Susana Oguntoye

Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

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Dear Friend,

We are so incredibly grateful for you. 2020 was an extremely challenging year for all of us, but we, with our sister organization CCBRT in Tanzania, continued to change the lives of mothers, newborns, and people with disabilities. 

Thank you for standing with us as we raised funds to keep our frontline health workers safe in Tanzania.  We are grateful you supported women at The Mabinti Centre making masks to keep us safe. And for supporting and celebrating the completion of construction on CCBRT’s new Maternity and Newborn Wing. Read more about your 2020 impact here

2020 highlights:


Mother showing a picture of her child before his cleft lip reconstructive surgery earlier this year
Despite the pandemic, CCBRT continued to train resident doctors from the National Hospital on best medical practices
An operating room at the new Maternal and Newborn Wing where construction is still ongoing. The facility is set to open March 31, 2021

Thank you for helping us unlock our year-end $30,000 match! Your support will enable us to continue supporting mothers, newborns, and people with disabilities in Tanzania. We are so grateful to have you in our Kupona community. Wishing you a healthy 2021!


With gratitude,

Susana Oguntoye
Kupona Foundation Executive Director

P.S. Don't forget to spread the word to your friends and family. Follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram and share the posts that inspire you this giving season!

 

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Dear Friend, 

In 2019, you helped mobilize almost $1 million in financial and in-kind resources to change lives and support the sustainable growth of our work in Tanzania.

Thanks to your support, over 81,000 expectant mothers safely delivered their babies at partner facilities in Dar es Salaam. We treated 470 women and girls for obstetric fistula, and served 1,145 clients served at CCBRT’s family planning clinic, Tim’s Corner. Our partner CCBRT performed more than 8,000 surgeries, including over 6,100 sight restoring operations for the visually impaired.

For patients like Asha, a surgery to repair her obstetric fistula and restore her dignity means she has the potential to live in her community without fear of stigma and isolation.

Twenty-five years later, Asha is finally dry. “I had lost hope, and couldn’t leave my house because of the shame I felt. Now, I am no longer leaking urine, and I thank God every day for the free treatment I received at CCBRT.” You can read the rest of Asha’s story, and other stories of lives changed by accessing the Annual Report here

Thank you for supporting our work in 2019, and for your continued generosity as a passionate, robust force for good.

Are you feeling inspired? In partnership with Johnson and Johnson*, Kupona will receive $1 for every photo you upload on the Donate a Photo app from today until December 31st. Learn more and download the app, then choose Kupona Foundation's cause "One photo helps give a baby a strong start in life" from the list of causes.

One photo a day can change a life. In an especially challenging time for all of us, this is an easy way (it takes 10 seconds each day!) to support women, children, and people with disabilities in Tanzania. We hope you will join us as we make high quality, life changing healthcare available to mothers and newborns in Tanzania.

Warm regards,

Susana Oguntoye
Kupona Foundation, Executive Director

*Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends. If the goal isn't reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.

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Kupona Foundation

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Twitter: @KuponaFdn
Project Leader:
Susana Oguntoye
Executive Director
Washington, DC - District of Columbia United States
$23,256 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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