Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery

by Faraja Cancer Support Trust
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Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Little Cythnia - who is doing well today
Little Cythnia - who is doing well today

A warm greeting from Kenya,

Every few months I like to update everyone who has personally sponsored me. As Faraja currently receives no government or international aid support we rely entirely on the generosity of individuals and companies. In turn this brings hope and support to those living with cancer in Kenya today.

One such person is 2 year old Cynthia, pictured above who was diagnosed with Nefroblastoma last year. Her family were devastated as there was no way they could afford the Kshs 223,000 (£1,503) needed for her treatment plan, even though there was a very high chance of recovery.

When the staff at Faraja heard about the family’s plight, a medical assistance grant was awarded which ensured Cynthia could receive radiotherapy, anaesthesia, blood transfusion and ambulance runs. Over the the past 12 month we have paid for 21 other people’s treatments. Thank-you for helping make this happen.

Today, I am excited to share with you two major Faraja developments;

1. A new Outreach Centre will be opened in Eldoret, by the end of the year.

A high priority for Faraja staff, is to reach out further and connect with people living in remote communities. The staff team at Faraja has identified a start point in Western Kenya and the base is Eldoret.

The first step will be to run a large screening camp in partnership, with amongst others, Nakumatt and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital - with a focus on breast, prostate and cervical cancers. Following this, I am delighted to announce that Faraja will open a new out-reach centre by the end of 2016 which could potentially double the amount of people we reach.

Philip, our patient support manager, and I were in Eldoret recently. Philip commented ‘there we met several kids with Wilms tumour, a Kidney cancer. In developed countries most kids survive and go on to live normal healthy lives due to the highly treatable nature of the disease – but in Kenya survival rates are much lower due to lack of funds and treatment. Faraja has already been supporting many of these kids already remotely’.

2. The Faraja Cancer Support Fund campaign has now reached half way mark – raising Kshs 50 million (£338K).

Our vision is for all adults and children, diagnosed with cancer in Kenya, to be able to access the right medical treatment at the right time for all adults and children. A powerful pool of funds, called the Faraja Cancer Support Fund (FCSF), will be invested to generate life-saving medical grants for generations to come. This will give hope and a real chance of recovery to thousands.

Behind the scenes the campaign has been very active to raise the initial Kshs 100 million (£683K) capital. My bike ride in October last year, which you kindly supported, raised Shs15million (£102K) for FCSF. Philanthropists, companies and foundations are starting to recognise the long-term sustainability and solutions the FCSF will bring

If you or your workplace are in the position to consider further support for the Faraja Support Cancer Fund, you can do so here - and remember if you are a UK taxpayer Faraja will benefit from the Gift Aid.

Thank-you for taking the time to read this letter – and when you are next visiting Kenya please do let me know and I would love to show you around the Faraja centre! My contact details are +254 722 516132 and

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Last year you very kindly choose to help people living with cancer in Kenya, by supporting my big bike ride. With your help I ended up raising an incredible Kshs 15 million shillings (just over £100K), which, as you know has been channelled towards the new Faraja Cancer Support Fund.

It is difficult to explain just how important this work is; already saving many lives and reducing much suffering.
As an early supporter, I am committed with keeping you fully updated on how this work is travelling, and it’s impact. As such you are one of the first people to receive our ‘All About’ brochure, which is actually being printed this week.

If I can ask you to sit down with a cup of tea, and read it from cover to cover – I think you will be really impressed! In just five minutes you’ll see how much has been achieved to date, and what the next steps are. It also touches about some real-life stories about children and adults whom have been helped recently.

In Kenya, we are about to launch a large scale campaign to encourage individuals, companies and grant making trusts to support this project with significant gifts. As one of our international friends, I would be really grateful if you could pass this on to anyone who maybe in position to consider supporting this campaign in your country.

The goal is to raise a total of Kshs 100 million (£675K) within two years. I am delighted to say that through both online/offine donations and pledges, we have reached the Kshs 40 million mark (£270K )… nearly half way. Some early adopters such as Nakumatt, East Africas largest supermarket, have wholeheartedly belive in this work which has made a big difference.

Full details an can be seen here (which also has a link to the brochure as well) or of course I can be contacted on

Once again – thank you so much for being a part of making this happen, you helped to get us this far.

kind regards


Ps if you are a UK Tax payer, we will received the Gift Aid tax benifit through any donations made via

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Neila - who started her treatment in August 2015
Neila - who started her treatment in August 2015

Following your kind and generous decision to sponsor my ‘Cycle to Conquer Cancer’ campaign, I am delighted to send you a little update on how your gift is helping to save lives already. 

In just over 3 weeks, I will be on the start line of my challenging 350Km ride, alongside some other amazing women cycling for the same cause. To help me get through to the finish line I have been increasing from 118km to 180km.  I am starting to think that 350Km is achievable!

The distance has not been the only challenge – there is also the matter of my Ksh 10 million (around £65K) - fundraising goal. I am over the moon to announce, with your help, I have just reached Ksh 8 million - and now just Ksh 2 million to go.

As you are aware, all the monies will be used to kick-start the newly created Faraja Cancer Support Fund. Ksh 10 million is enough to save the lives of at least 5 adults and children, every year, forever.

Just this week the Kenyan government has announced that the only radiation machine in public health for 42 million people has broken down. This situation is dire considering the current waitlist is over 1,000 and new bookings are allocated to 2017…… No wonder so many people die on the waitlist.

In the interim, whilst we wait for the government state cancer healthcare to improve, Faraja has a proven system in place that can get people the right treatment, at the right time.

In just the last couple of months alone, I have the permission to share with you,  Faraja has paid for the life-saving treatment for all of the below people in the private sector. Without this there would have had no hope or chance of recovery.

  • Neila - 21 - diagnosed with stage 3 anorectal cancer - undergoing radiotherapy treatment.
  • Samuel - 20 – diagnosed with testicular cancer – undergoing 30 sessions of radiotherapy.
  • Cynthia - 2 – diagnosed with nephroblastoma – undergoing radiotherapy for 13 days.
  • Joyce – 35 - diagnosed with breast cancer – will commence chemotherapy treatment soon.
  • Ebby - 52 - currently receiving radiotherapy treatment for 6 weeks.
  • Judy Njoki-  35 - cervical cancer – just completed radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
  • Lucy – 41 - early stage breast cancer and receiving radiotherapy treatment for 6 weeks.

Fortunately individuals and companies such as yourself are slowly starting to recognise the scale of the problem and are trusting Faraja to deliver at a grassroots level.  Last year, Nakumatt, Kenya’s largest supermarket became a full funding partner. Throughout October 2015 the ‘Buy Blue, Fight Cancer Campaign’, raised Ksh 5 million for our medical assistance work, and this years campaign is set to be bigger.

After the bike ride, I will write to you again to let you know how the challenge went. In the meantime I would be really grateful if you give my fundraising page details to anyone you know that could help me raise the last Ksh 2 million!

Thank-you again for your support.

 kind regards


PS at the moment giving through the Global Giving (GG) platform is the only way that UK based Faraja supporters can Gift Aid their donations. GG has also just told us that between 19-26 October they will be running a matched giving campaign for upto 50% of donations given. My Cycle to Conquer Cancer fundraising page will remain “live” till 26 October.

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 Jambo from Kenya,

I am writing to you to share some amazing news - with your help we have raised over £8,193 (plus gift aid) on my persnal sponsorship page. This was the highest which means that I will get a bonus of £1,500.

In the next week I intend to dust off my bike and commence the training plan for my 350km bike ride. Although I know it will be a hard challenge, I also know it is easy compared to the enormous challenges that children and adults face when diagnosed with cancer in Kenya today. I see this first hand every day, and it makes me determined to do something about it.

Over the next few months I plan to keep you updated with more information about Faraja's medical assistance work. How the fundraising is going and details of the people we are helping. I am very excited about this ground breaking and unique project in Kenya - and the difference it will make. 

In the meantime if you know of anyone who would still like to contribute my project will remain on the Global Giving page until at least after I have finished my ride. I have another £53,000 to raise to reach my target of £63,000 (Kshs10m). The success of the Spring Challenge has confirmed that it will be possible to reach my target as there are many big hearted people like you.

Thank you so much. For those of you who are celebrating Idd...Idd mubarak to you and your loved ones. 

Kind regards Shaira  

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