Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment

by Kawempe Home Care
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Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
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Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment
Picture of Annet
Picture of Annet

Thank you for your wonderful support through GlobalGiving. This quarter (July- Sept 2021), the New Hope Children’s hostel received 19 donations, totalling US$1,366.

This support has enabled us to keep our doors open and continue to provide these disadvantaged rural families with access to cancer treatment for their children, so the children have a fighting chance to beat this terrible illness.

 

This is how your support makes a difference.

 

Annet is 5 years old andwas diagnosed with lymphenode cancer in 2019.  She lives with her 2 siblings and her parents, who try and support the family through small scale farming.

 

It was a terrible time and I felt helpless, having just given birth to our third child and my husband had to go to Rwanda to take care of his sick mother.” her mother says. 

“Annet was malnourished and at the hostel with the nourishing food she was given, she gained weight. I am very grateful my daughter is now recovering. If we hadn’t had the support of the hostel, we could not afford for her to have had the care and treatment, my little girl would have died.”

The good news is that Annet, is still having treatment but is well on the road to recovery.

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How the funds were used

This quarter the funds were mainly directed to providing food for the children and their caregivers because during the Covid19 lockdown it was difficult for supporters to provide in kind donations such as food. Also, the price of fuel and the limited number of people allowed in the van to travel to the hospital for treatment, meant we had higher transport costs.  

96children and their caregivers were cared for at the hostel

5 children completed their treatment session and were allowed home until their next appointment.

Sadly 20 children passed away during this time.

 

The key to giving these children a fighting chance is early diagnosis of their cancer and access to treatment. Your support is providing more children with this path to recovery.


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This Report is to highlight the enormous benefit of the relationship with GlobalGiving and our wonderful donors that has enabled us to raise funds to continue to help children with cancer in Uganda access to oncology treatment. We are extremely grateful for your support for the children with cancer who are doing it tough.

Overview

In Uganda over 3,000 children annually get cancer with only 50% surviving.

In 2016, Kawempe Home Care (KHC) opened the New Hope Children’s Hostel (NHCH) to provide a home for the poor and vulnerable children with cancer whilst getting treatment from the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). The programsupports vulnerable children with cancer from the rural areas who are under treatment or are undergoing diagnostic investigations for their cancer.

Since inception, the New Hope Children’s Hostel has cared for 629 children of whom 172 completed treatments, sadly 180 passed away, and 12 are receiving palliative care and 202 are still on treatment.

Ochom tells his story on the journey he has had to make.

I am 17years old and from Kumi District in Eastern Uganda. I am the only child from my mother but I have half brothers and sisters. My parents are peasant farmers and struggle to support the family.  In February 2019, I noticed a small but painless lump on my left chin, which gradually increased in size, causing neck pain and headaches. I took pain killers which didn’t help much. My parents took me to a clinic in Kumi, where I was treated and later sent to Kumi hospital and was operated on due the enlargement of the tumor.

I felt better and was discharged. However, a few months later the lump re-occurred. I had to go back to the hospital for a second operation. A small tissue was removed and sent to Mulago National Hospital for examination.

The results showed thatI was suffering from cancer of the Lymohnodes. I can’t express how hopeless I felt at that time.  I did not know if my father could or would pay my medical bills.’

In November 2019, Ochom was referred to UCIand his step mother accompanied him and he began receiving chemotherapy. She stayed with him for his first cycle and then left him there after the husband ordered them both to return claiming that cancer was incurable and they were wasting time and resources at UCI.

I decided to stay at UCI so as I could continue with the cancer treatment as if I went back home,I would not have medical support. I had no money for food or accommodation and relied on good Samaritans to help me.I felt desperate and alone until one day a social worker at UCI referred me to New Hope Children’s Hostel.

How New Hope Hostel helped Ochom to look forward to a future.

Ochom was provided at the hostel with meals, medicines, accommodation, emotional support, care and he also could relate with the other children who were in a similar situation to him. He finished his chemotherapyand radiotherapytreatment and he will have a review in a months’ time. The hostel also provided him with transport to go home to see his family.

There is still a long way to go for Ochom but New Hope and UCI are committed to helping him to receive his full treatment.

How Your Contribution Has Helped

KHC and the children who have benefitted from your support, say thank you.

During our 12-month relationship with GlobalGiving, KHC received over US$12,522 in donations from 92 donors.These funds have enabled KHC, during a very difficult time worldwide with Covid19, to continue to provide assistance to those amazing children.

How the Funds Were Used.

55% on food for the children and caregivers

18% on transport to and from UCI for treatment

10% on additional medicines for the children

12% Personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning and washing materials

5% on transport home for the families after treatment.

Without this support the New Hope Children’s hostel would have found it very difficult to continue to provide this service. Your contribution has made a difference and we are extremely grateful for your support.

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Dear friend of New Hope Children’s Hostel at Kawempe Home Care,

 Warm greetings to you all, we hope you’re are having a healthier year with your families and friends.

Kawempe Home Care continues to deliver quality healthcare to people living with HIV, TB, Cancer and other health related issues through community based holistic care models, and thanks to you all for making this possible. Amidst all strangles of health issues, political and other factors, Kawempe Hope care is still committed to service and ‘moved by love’ as our statement of faith goes. So many wonderful stories come up each day to inspire and keep us in great service. In this report, we are excited to share with you a story of one of the children battling cancer in our care hoping that you will be inspired too.

Slage is one of the beneficiaries of your support through GlobalGiving since we joined the platform in June 2020. She is 9 years old from a family of five, and her family lives in Mbale District in the Eastern part of Uganda. Slage’s mother noticed that her child was not well in March 2019 when she started complaining about the body weakness, and had on and off fevers with body swelling. She was taken to different health centers in their district but no accurate diagnosis was given and treatment attempts remained unsuccessful. Her mother was distress, felt anxiety and helplessness during that time because she could not understand her child’s health status, and had no financial support from family especially her polygamous husband. Slage’s mother was courageous enough to gather some money from her religious community for transport to Kampala to seek treatment from a National Referral Hospital in November 2019 with suspicion of cancer from one of the hospitals she visited. Slage was able to reach Uganda Cancer Institute at Mulago National Referral Hospital where several tests were carried out and was diagnosed with Wilms’s Tumor(cancer of the kidney). She was very ill, with on and off fevers and had lost so much weight. Slage was admitted for five days and later referred to New Hope Children’s Hostel at Kawempe Home Care. This hostel supports poor children diagnosed with cancer from far regions of Uganda to start and complete their treatment by offering food, accommodation, transport to and from hospital, counseling, play and music therapies among others. At Uganda Cancer Institute her affected kidney was removed, and underwent both chemotherapy and radiotherapy as treatment while she stayed at New Hope Children’s Hostel. Slage and her mother were able to find friends at the hostel who shared a lot like laughter, hospital experience which gave them a big relief of the burden they had before. It is always hard for such families with poor financial status like Slage’s to survive in the city because of the high cost of food, accommodation, prescribed medicines and more. This family was supported with all these expenses at the hostel and they are grateful. Slage has stayed at the hostel until she completed her treatment cycles. She has started coming to hospital for her quarterly reviews and her family is grateful. “A home like environment at New Hope Children’s Hostel helped to quicken my child’s healing process because she was able to play with her fellow children, get all the medicines prescribed by the Uganda Cancer Institute and she was given transport to go back home after her treatment cycles, to me this is a great support to my family” Slage’s mother narrates.

Our dream is to see many more children supported, however much difficulties they may find that come along with the cancer treatment, we want to give them hope where it is almost lost. Our support of 3 meals a day, transport to and from hospital and rent for accommodation to the 30 children and their care takers is much needed. Slage still needs transport for her quarterly hospital reviews and this is still a burden to her mother who has no income and was abandoned by her husband.

We are so grateful to all our donors through GlobaGiving who with your kind donations have supported 152 children like Slage since we joined this platform in June 2020. Your participation in the campaigns has helped us raise $10,838 from 123 donations giving us hope of hitting our goal of $45,000 by end of 2023 Little by Little campaign is underway in March and we counting on your support, please join us!

There is a lot more to see how your support, our work and achievements are making a difference. Please go to News on our website https://kawempehomecare.org, and social media: https://www.facebook.com/KawempeHomeCare and https://twitter.com/KawempeCare

We thank you so much for your continued support.

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Dear friend of Kawempe Home Care!

 We greet you and hope you and your families are healthy.

Kawempe Home Care continues to deliver quality healthcare to people living with HIV, TB, Cancer and other health related issues through community based holistic care models. Working amidst COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge to both the organization and the community that we serve. We are glad that despite these challenges we can still see some great and inspiring stories arise. In this report we have a story of one of the children battling cancer in our care.

 Odo (short form of his real name) is one of the beneficiaries of your donations this year. He is 16 years old from a family of seven, he lives with his father who serves as a policeman and his mother a peasant farmer with unstable financial status. Odo was attending school and had joined senior two when he developed a rare condition with on and off fevers in September 2019, and drastically lost weight and always had a headache. He was taken to a regional referral hospital where he was suspected of having cancer and referred to Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). At UCI, after tests, scans and biopsy he was diagnosed with cancer of the blood (Acute Leukemia). The doctor recommended that Odo start treatment immediately and informed him and his mother that treatment would take a long time and so they couldn’t stay at the cancer ward for all that time. New Hope Children’s Hostel (NHCH) helps families who come from regional communities in Uganda and many are poor and unable to pay the costs associated with cancer treatment. He was referred to New Hope Children’s Hostel and is able to access treatment as he gets food, accommodation, and transport to and from hospital. The hostel is supported by friends and well-wishers but during the lock down many of these people were finding it difficult to get food for their families and so the hostel was not receiving food donations. This was not good news for children like Odo who solely depended on the hostel. Some partners came to the rescue and we are proud to have joined the GlobalGiving platform and our June accelerator and September Little by Little campaigns were successful in raising donations form 99 donors. The hostel children and their care givers have enough food for the next three months.

Despite the side effects of chemotherapy like low and high appetite, craving for different foods and vomiting among others, it is important that the children have 3 meals a day to ensure they build up their strength. Odo and his family are grateful for the support they are receiving at the hostel. The burden of expenses on food, accommodation, prescribed medicines, and transport to hospital are reduced and Odo is happier. He is very appreciative to the staff at NHCH for the love, care and encouragement and happy moments with his friends at the hostel like playing games, watching television and music sessions. With your continued support many more children like Odo will be able to start and complete cancer treatment with much hope for survival.

Our New Hope Children’s hostel project is permanently on GlobalGiving and we hope you will be able to participate in the coming Giving Tuesday on December 1 2020. Please follow us to see how your support,our work and achievements are making a difference. You can go to News on our website https://kawempehomecare.org, and social media: https://www.facebook.com/KawempeHomeCare and https://twitter.com/KawempeCare

We thank you so much for your continued support.

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Kawempe Home Care

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
SAMUEL GUMA
Kampala, Uganda
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