Cindy holding Kigen, a 9 yrl old cancer victor
As we approach the end of the year, I am excited to share some news about what we have been up to at Faraja.
This moment of reflection brings with it immense gratitude for the men, women, and children who have done amazing things to help make the lives of patients with cancer and their loved ones a little more bearable. Our therapists give their professional services for free and our volunteers not only offer their skills but also their time to walk the journey of wellness with patients and caregivers. We are also blessed to have support from so many in the medical profession and beyond. Faraja is incredibly privileged to be a safe haven for so many patients and caregivers and for this, I am so very grateful.
Our Eldoret center located within the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) is also doing very well and I would urge you to read more about our achievements in the sections below. For example, between May 2022 and August 2022, 2,420 people walked into Faraja Eldoret center and accessed general services such as reading books from the library and having a cup of tea. This is an 11% rise from the 2,174 people who walked into the center between January and April 2022. This reflects the return of patients and caregivers to physical activities after COVID and also an increase in our reach, owing to, but not limited to, our partnership with various hospitals, medical social workers, and our social media platforms.
This is also a year of firsts for us. It was our first time organizing a walk in September to commemorate childhood cancer awareness month. We raised over Kshs 8 million in support of our programs for children with cancer. Read more about this in our newsletter below. Our medical fund continues to offer financial relief to patients and families who require medical grants for treatment. This year, we have supported 116 patients at a total cost of Kshs 8,167,539. Out of these, 19 are children below the age of 18 years.
We have also continued to visit the children at Kenyatta National Hospital( KNH) twice a week for a combination of music and art therapy. We are grateful for the support we receive from the management and staff at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, in Eldoret.
Patients and caregivers are our who, but it is our well-wishers and donors that make up our how. You are an essential piece of the puzzle that allows us to give hope, help, and life to so many. Thank you for raising funds for us, sharing our posts on social media, telling people about us, and reading this newsletter.
Let me conclude by quoting Philosopher James Stanford, "Health is a state of the body. Wellness is a state of being.”
Wishing you and your loved ones happy holidays and the best for 2023.
A breast cancer support group in Eldoret
Our free breathing therapy at Faraja Nairobi
Our 2022 Be Bold Go Gold Run for Childhood Cancer
Our crafts for cure program
Giving support to patients and their caregivers