Help us extend essential care across Tanzania

by Kupona Foundation
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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

Dear friends,

It takes a village - thank you for being part of ours. As we take a moment to reflect after the rush of the holidays and before the demands of a new year begin, we want to say thank you.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Kupona community, our “village.”

Thank you for providing essential, life-changing healthcare to those who need it most in Tanzania.

This December, you helped us raise over $34,000. This means, in 2019 we will be able to:

  • Provide free eye consultations to 600 children like Emmanuel, ensuring that all children have the right to sight.
  • Train 196 health workers like Ladness to identify newborns with disabilities at birth and refer them for treatment, improving treatment rates and long-term health outcomes.
  • Provide obstetric fistula repair surgeries and holistic rehabilitation to 20 women like Brenda completely free of charge, giving them the opportunity for a brighter future.

Your kindness and commitment to making a difference inspire us, and we feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work together with you toward achieving our mission. We wish you and yours all the best for a happy and healthy New Year!

With sincere gratitude,

Abbey, Sami, and Claire
The Kupona Foundation team

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Bob (fourth from left) visiting The Mabinti Centre
Bob (fourth from left) visiting The Mabinti Centre

Dear friends,

To all of our partners, donors, and friends, I want to say “thank you” for supporting Kupona Foundation and our Tanzanian partner CCBRT in 2018.

I was a supporter of this work long before I ever joined the Board of Directors. When one of my former clients introduced me to Kupona’s mission, it resonated with me. I originally came to Kupona because of that relationship, but I stayed for the mission.

I stayed because of mothers like Flora, who can now deliver their babies in facilities that are safer, better equipped, and staffed with well-trained medical teams. I stayed because of Kupona and CCBRT’s commitment to finding sustainable, lasting solutions like the new CCBRT Private Clinic. I stayed because of children like Paulo, who are receiving the care they need to walk, see, play, and go to school. I stayed because of the inspiring and dedicated healthcare workers like Dr. Brenda and her team that are saving lives every day in delivery rooms across Dar es Salaam.

I stayed because this work is solving problems and saving lives, not just today, but for generations to come. And I am so glad I did.

On behalf of the Kupona team here in the U.S. and the team at CCBRT, thank you for making this year both life-changing and life-saving. We have just one more day left in 2018. If you have not yet had a chance to give, please do so. By training two maternal healthcare workers to handle complicated deliveries, a gift of just $100 has the power to save lives.

Wishing you and yours all the best in 2019.

Happy New Year!
Robert Schwed

P.S. This past October, I took my second trip to visit our colleagues at CCBRT, where I was privileged to see the impact of your generosity firsthand. My good friend and the newest Kupona Board member, Betsy Zink, shared her impressions from this trip in this brief blog.

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Issa before surgery to repair his cleft lip/palate
Issa before surgery to repair his cleft lip/palate

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to write to you today: your support, and the support of other like minded donors, over the past few weeks has raised over $22,000 to make life changing care available to the people we serve. Together with our partner CCBRT we want to say ‘asante sana’: thank you so much!

With just two weeks left in 2018, we’re reaching out to give you an update on what your generosity means.

For patients like Issa, your support means a future free from malnutrition and discrimination. When Issa was born with cleft lip, neighbors told his parents that his cleft was a result of witchcraft. His parents had never seen or heard of cleft lip before Issa was born, and they didn’t know where to turn for help.

Globally, 1 out of 700 children is born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Cleft lip/palate is treatable with reconstructive surgery. If not corrected, cleft can cause trouble eating, breathing and speaking. As Issa’s family experienced, a child with cleft often faces social stigma and challenges that can result in malnutrition and exclusion from education and other community activities. Luckily, a CCBRT ambassador in the community heard about Issa’s condition and referred his family to CCBRT for free cleft lip surgery. When Issa turned one-year-old and was old enough to undergo surgery, the ambassador arranged for CCBRT to send bus money to Issa and his family using CCBRT’s M-Pesa mobile money transfer program.

Issa’s surgery was safe and successful, and he has since relearned how to breastfeed and eat. Now, his mother looks forward to her son having a bright future. “I would like for him to grow up to be a doctor,” she said, smiling. “Thank you all!”

Like Issa, every child deserves a future free from stigma and treatable disability. Your generosity is critical to enabling our team to make this future a reality for thousands of Tanzanian children every year.

If you who have already given during this year-end period, THANK YOU. If you haven’t had a chance to make your gift, it’s not too late. Every gift we receive through GlobalGiving between now and December 31st will be amplified through GlobalGiving’s match funding. Your gift has the power to change lives.

Thank you for your support. We couldn’t do this without you, and we are so grateful that you have chosen to be part of our community. Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday season.

Warm regards,

Abbey

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Betsy (right) visiting The Mabinti Centre
Betsy (right) visiting The Mabinti Centre

A guest post by Betsy Zink, Kupona Board of Directors.

“They say you can’t understand someone’s life until you have walked a mile in their shoes.”

This past October, I was privileged to do just that. As a new member of Kupona Foundation’s Board of Directors, I made my first trip to visit Kupona’s partner in Tanzania, CCBRT. In addition to visiting CCBRT’s campus in Dar es Salaam, I visited CCBRT’s clinic in Moshi to learn more about the community based rehabilitation work happening in that region.

On my first day at CCBRT’s Disability Hospital in Dar, I was struck by the devotion of the medical staff and hospital administration. It was inspiring to hear how they articulated their sense of purpose as healthcare providers. It also was clear to me that Kupona and CCBRT support a critical piece of the Tanzanian healthcare system.

On each of the wards, patients receiving treatments for obstetric fistula, orthopedic conditions, and congenital and visual impairments conveyed the same thing: they had no other means of receiving high quality disability or rehabilitative healthcare, and they rely on the services we provide. A similar sentiment was expressed when I visited CCBRT’s maternal healthcare capacity building sites and met doctors and nurses who are being trained and mentored to provide high quality, life saving maternal healthcare. They are so grateful for the support they are receiving and know that it is improving the entire Tanzanian healthcare system when they can better serve the people who are most in need.

And it was the people most in need that I was now seeking.
As Kupona’s staff had shared with me, we’ve had several partners refer to CCBRT as one of the “best run hospitals in Africa.” Walking through the halls of the clean, organized CCBRT facilities, I understood why. I’d seen patients in this comfortable environment, but wondered, “where are our patients coming from”? Answering that question directed the rest of my personal travel time in Tanzania as I tried to walk in the footsteps - if just for a short while - of those we serve. I plunked myself in a simple lodge outside of Arusha and vowed to “live locally” for the week.

Each day I set off on foot, with minimal shillings and a small backpack, and headed away from the nearest road to a local village. I spoke with shop owners, and women working in the fields. I visited schools, made friends, was invited into homes, tasted local dishes, learned about crops and asked folks about medical care, birth experiences, their families and challenges in their lives. My experiences and photos revealed something I knew all along: women are the heartbeat of Africa.  They are the workers in the home, fields and small businesses. Every time I stopped to take in my surroundings, I saw women hauling water, carrying firewood, harvesting, planting, selling, milking, cooking, washing and child rearing.

When the need to seek medical care means a woman must travel from her home, the ripple effect is destabilizing. Whether she is a woman with obstetric fistula who must seek surgical care, she is a mother experiencing complications in childbirth who requires medical intervention for a safe delivery, or a mother accompanying her child for orthopedic care or eye surgery, her absence is keenly felt by those at home and in her community.

Kupona, through CCBRT, supports affordable, comprehensive care for women and children. From transportation costs, to providing room and board, and throughout treatment, there is a focus on easing the family’s burden. For those needing outpatient care, trained therapists travel to homes to deliver training and patient monitoring, allowing mothers to stay at work and avoid costly travel.

On my last day of travel, I enlisted the help of a local fellow and his pikipiki (motorized scooter) to help get me to the bus stop. As we were driving, a woman suddenly stepped out and waved us down. She asked if I was the Fistula Lady. She had overheard conversations in the village that someone working with CCBRT and Kupona was in town and could help women with fistula, so she came looking for me.

She told me her sister-in-law had experienced terrible symptoms after a difficult labor and had delivered a stillborn child. Her husband, believing her to be ill or cursed, and embarrassed by her physical state, sent their two older children away to his parents, refusing to allow them to see their mother. My new friend was determined to help her desperate sister-in-law and asked for our help. She added that there were many more women in surrounding communities that were living with fistula, and they needed our help too. I thought about that forlorn mother who had been separated from her children after surviving such horrific and preventable trauma. I thought about her heartsick children and misguided husband and the grief that all of them must be feeling. And it was then that I vowed to continue the work Kupona and CCBRT are engaged in.

Keeping women whole, healthy and at the center of Tanzanian life is a worthy goal, and through Kupona’s support of CCBRT and its programs we are doing our part to achieve this goal. I invite you to join us. Email us with questions, visit our impact page to learn more or read our Annual Report. Every woman, every child and every family deserves to have access to high quality healthcare that is affordable. And when a family or community loses its heartbeat, the ripple effect of that loss touches so many.

Asante sana,

Betsy

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Photo credit: Sala Lewis
Photo credit: Sala Lewis

Dear Friends,

With your support, we’re working to ensure that children with treatable disabilities have equal access to essential healthcare by offering our services free of charge to children under five. If you donate today, on Giving Tuesday, your donation will be amplified through GlobalGiving’s 2018 Giving Tuesday matching funds campaign.

You can change a life.

  • $17 provides an eye consultation for one child, the first step toward sight-restoring treatment
  • $160 provides corrective treatment for a child with clubfoot, enabling him to walk to school
  • $700 provides corrective surgery and rehabilitation for a woman living with obstetric fistula

Walking through the halls of CCBRT Hospital, our local partner, CCBRT COO Brenda Msangi sees the profound impact that our services have on our patients and their families every day. As Brenda shares in this video update, your generosity is instrumental, enabling us to provide the high quality essential healthcare interventions that our patients need and deserve – but otherwise couldn’t afford.

Thank you for your steadfast support, and for being part of the Kupona family – we couldn’t do this work without you. Happy Giving Tuesday!

With gratitude,
Abbey
Executive Director

Gabriel, following his free cleft lip surgery.
Gabriel, following his free cleft lip surgery.

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