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Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania

by Kupona Foundation
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Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania
Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania

Dear Friends,

On Giving Tuesday, our team called you to action in support of the people we serve. Watch this video to see what YOUR generosity means for women like Angela, in her own words. 

“They operated on me four times, but I did not recover. That’s when I gave up, I thought I would never recover from fistula. I lost hope...When I reached CCBRT, I was no longer the only one suffering from fistula. I met many other women like me. CCBRT has transformed my life. Right now I am learning how to be a seamstress at Mabinti,” Angela told us. 

On Giving Tuesday our community mobilized over $14,000. We are on our way to reaching our goal of $50,000 by year end. With $50,000 we can give 100 women like Angela the gift of a clean, respectful, safe delivery at CCBRT’s new maternity and newborn hospital. 

If you didn't get the chance to give on Tuesday, good news! GlobalGiving has just launched a second round of prize funds, giving you another chance to amplify your impact. From now until December 31st, GlobalGiving will continue to award cash prizes to the organizations that raise the most funds, and also to those who mobilize the highest number of donors. It’s not too late to play your part and unlock the potential to change lives this holiday season. Make your gift today. 

Thank you so much for your support. Wishing you a happy start to the holiday season.

With gratitude,

Abbey Kocan, Executive Director

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

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Dear Friend, 

As a valued supporter of our GlobalGiving project “Empower People with Disabilities in Tanzania”, I wanted to reach out to invite you to a special milestone event celebrating Kupona Foundation’s 10th Anniversary on Thursday, October 10th in New York City. 

Since its founding in 2009, the Kupona community has helped its Tanzanian partner CCBRT provide over 100,000 life-changing surgeries for children and adults living with disabilities like cleft lip/palate, obstetric fistula and cataracts, and has helped improve a mother’s chance of survival by 40% in the Dar es Salaam region of Tanzania. We are so grateful for your support, and hope that you will also feel pride in these accomplishments.

You’re invited! We are celebrating Kupona’s 10th Anniversary at The Penn Club of New York, where we’ll be joined by special guests Brenda Msangi, CEO of CCBRT and Dr. Brenda D’mello, who leads CCBRT's Maternal Health Capacity Building Program. Together, these two inspiring leaders have spent nearly 20 years at CCBRT, serving the Tanzanian community and bringing endless energy and commitment to their work in program design, management and strategic partnership development. You are invited to join us to meet the Kupona team, Brenda and Dr. Brenda as we share our vision for the future and celebrate a decade of changing and saving lives for the communities we serve. 

Please visit Kupona’s event page to RSVP and read about the event. I hope that you will be able to join us for this important milestone celebration. 

All the best,
Abbey Kocan 

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Dear Friends,

Kupona Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report is now available! 

Thanks to your support, our partner CCBRT performed more than 8,900 surgeries in 2018, including providing comprehensive treatment for over 700 women and girls living with obstetric fistula, and providing over 1,300 assistive devices such as prosthetics, orthotics, orthopedic devices and wheelchairs to children and adults with physical impairments. 

For patients like Hilda, a surgery successfully repairing her obstetric fistula means she is able to play with her children, earn a living, and raise awareness about fistula in her community. 

The birth injury of obstetric fistula is not only a physical injury. We believe in providing comprehensive, holistic care for women recovering from fistula. With a dedicated Holistic Care Coordinator, women recovering from fistula spend time together learning English and learning how to raise awareness about fistula symptoms and treatment in their communities. “I was so happy to spend time with the other women here. Before this, I thought and felt I was alone,” said Hilda. She returned to CCBRT in 2018 as a fistula ambassador. Hilda is one of the thousands of individuals across Tanzania trained by CCBRT to identify and refer women with fistula for treatment. During her visit, she shared her experience and inspirational story with the women waiting for surgery or recovering, and encouraged them to make use of the resources available to them for “life after fistula.” 

You can read the rest of Hilda’s story, and other stories of lives changed through your support by accessing our 2018 Annual Report

Thank you for your partnership in 2018, and for your continued generosity as we work to offer comprehensive surgery rehabilitation services for children and adults living with disabilities. 

Are you feeling inspired? GlobalGiving’s Little by Little campaign is underway this week.Beginning at 9:00 am ET on Monday, August 12th and until 11:59 pm ET on Friday August 16th, donations up to $50 will be matched at 60%.Please consider sharing this Project Report via email or social media with a note about the matching funds and why you give to support women like Hilda. 

With gratitude,
Abbey Kocan

Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

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Today is Bonus Day! Starting at 9:00 a.m. ET your gift of $100 to $1,000 will be matched up to 50% through midnight tonight or until matching funds run out.  Watch this video to hear why Betsy gives to Kupona Foundation. 

“When I visited CCBRT I was impressed that not only do they provide [obstetric fistula] surgical repairs for free, but they are really thinking about an approach that eliminates the barriers to treatment.”

From providing free hospital transportation for women with fistula to creating income generating opportunities post-surgery, Kupona’s local partner in Tanzania, CCBRT, fights to remove all barriers to treatment and recovery. Betsy says it best, “I love this soup to nuts approach to care. It’s innovative, and quite effective.” We believe everyone has a right to high quality healthcare.

Your gift of $100 to $1,000 today -- matched by GlobalGiving -- helps us provide holistic care for more women living with fistula. Please join Betsy in making your gift go further. 

Thank you so much for your support.

With gratitude,
Abbey Kocan

Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

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Dear Friend,

We often focus on the impact of maternal health on women, families and communities, and on the critical role mothers play as caregivers for children with disabilities. As the saying goes, though, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Today, we’re also sharing our gratitude for fathers like Papa Saidy, who prioritize their children’s health above all else.

When four-year-old Saidy began to have noticeable problems with his vision, his father became deeply concerned. Luckily, Papa Saidy and his son live in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the home base of our local partner, CCBRT. Papa Saidy knew of CCBRT’s reputation for high-quality, affordable eye services.

He decided to bring Saidy for a consultation at CCBRT, one of only three hospitals in Tanzania to offer specialized pediatric eye services. Soon, Saidy was fitted with corrective glasses. Papa Saidy could breathe a sigh of relief as Saidy was able to return to his normal activities and his performance in school improved.

For children like Saidy who aren’t able to access treatment for treatable disabilities including visual impairment, clubfoot and cleft, the consequences are significant and long-lasting - preventing them from attending school, playing with friends, and later, finding employment.

The actions of dedicated fathers like Papa Saidy are critical to creating happier, healthier futures for children born with disabilities.

Today, we’d like to say thank you to fathers everywhere, and particularly to the fathers who go above and beyond to care for and support their children with disabilities. As always, thank you for your continued support of our work connecting families throughout Tanzania with high-quality healthcare!

All the best,

Abbey Kocan

Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

P.S. Read more about the power of fathers in this blog post from CCBRT about Baba Enoch, who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer in seeking care for his son, who was born with clubfoot.

P.P.S. Read more about CCBRT’s work with fathers in this blog post from 2017.

Caption: Above, Papa Saidy holds his son as Saidy receives an eye consultation at CCBRT. Below, after his consultation, Saidy is fitted for refractive glasses to treat his low vision.

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Kupona Foundation

Location: Saratoga Springs, NY - USA
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Twitter: @KuponaFdn
Project Leader:
Abbey Kocan
Executive Director
Saratoga Springs, NY United States
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