Help Poor Children with Cancer to Access Treatment

by Kawempe Home Care
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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
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
Walter and child enjoying lunch.
Walter and child enjoying lunch.

It certainly has been a difficult start to 2023 for many people in the world. Especially those people living in conflict zones and experiencing natural disasters. More than ever, we all need to pull together and help those who are having a very difficult time.

The GlobalGiving campaigns provide vital income support for our New Hope Children’s hostel and we hope in 2023 you will continue to support the children with cancer that stay at our hostel, so they can access treatment.

The majority of the donations received in 2022 went on food for the children and their caregivers (60 people at any one time). Our weekly grocery bill for the hostel is about US$410.

Like so many not for profits we will be doing it tough this year as many of the funders who supported not for profits, are also suffering from lack of funds to continue with their worthwhile programs.

At KHC we know what we do is very important so that children like Walter (above) get a chance of coming through their terrible illness. Your support helps children like Walter.

Walter is 8 years old and for over 12 months he experienced fever, pain in his joints and general weakness. In 2022 he was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney after he was referred to Uganda Cancer Institute for tests. He and his mother were given support by the New Hope Children’s hostel during his chemotherapy treatment.

The good news is that Walter's  condition has improved dramatically and his pain level has reduced. He now has a reason to smile.

“Based on the treatment my son is receiving, he is getting better. I am very grateful to the staff at the New Hope Children's Hostel for the support and care they have given us during this terrible time when you don’t know your child will live or not.. The treatment, food, transportation and all the psychosocial support have when helped my son and I am so grateful that he is getting better.” Says his mother.

Thank you for your wonderful support.

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Our project for disadvantaged children with cancer, is not over until all children with cancer in Uganda, have support so they can access treatment.

It is hard to believe that 2022 is drawing to a close. And, I think for many it has been a tough year. However, there is still a lot of goodwill in the world and we must have faith that people will continue to help and support each other to make our world a safer and healthier planet.

Let 2023 be a year of more sustainable and peaceful outcomes for everyone.

We are grateful to our wonderful supporters during 2022, in particular your support during the GlobalGiving campaigns. The incentives and support GlobalGiving provides projects like ours, gives us that extra boost in funds so we can do more.

How your donation has supported the children throughout the year.

  • 360 children and caregivers with free accommodation, meals, transport.
  • 43,680 meals for the children and their caregivers.

There are currently 181 children in remission and for 41 families whose children died this year from this terrible illness, it will be a very difficult time for them and our love and thoughts go out to them.

 Give a Gift that keeps on giving

Christmas is an important time for Christians and the messages of peace and love are more important than ever for all of us. It is a time of ‘giving’ and while we enjoy giving gifts and receiving them, there is now so much ‘stuff’ that we are often given and we don’t use or use once and forget about it.

Why don’t we shake things up this festive period?

Give a gift that makes a difference, and that people will appreciate it as it will be a gift that keeps on giving.

 You can purchase a Gift Card through GlobalGiving and the options are:

  • Make a donation in honour of someone special and send them a note and if you wish to support our children with cancer, the project name is “Helping poor children with cancer to access treatment.” 

 Or, buy a Gift Card and the recipient can redeem it to a project that matters to them. Hopefully our project! 

 Kawempe Home Care would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas.

Thank you for your wonderful support throughout 2022.

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It has been a busy July quarter at the New Hope Children’s hostel. We recently had 3 volunteers from Germany assist our hostel during their stay.

Having volunteers to support what we do in the community is very important as they bring new skills and ideas but equally this experience is also rewarding for them.

Marie she shares her recent experience when she volunteered at the hostel.

Be the change…. you want to see in the world.

“I felt the need to help children in Africa, experience a different culture and environment as well as broaden my horizon.

Everyone at Kawempe Home Care welcomed us with such love and hospitality. We became a family.

Josy, Laurie and I showed the children new games from Germany and tried to distract them from their pain during the day. We danced, played football games, cards, Jenga, and board games. Also, I was assisting Kawempe Home Care with their social media accounts and implement a social campaign to raise awareness for this important project.

The children want to learn and enjoy trying new things. The children gave me so much love and joy which I will never forget in my life. These children mainly come from the poor rural areas and are very sick with their cancer, feeling weak on some days, and in pain, most of time, but these children have so much love inside.

You experience something very special because after volunteering at KHC you will not be the same again. If you see the happiness of those sick children, you appreciate life more than ever and see how blessed you are and you will feel peace.

My advice to anyone considering volunteering? JUST DO IT!”

Marie Sophie Baier, Volunteer.

We would love to welcome you and show you personally how your support makes a difference to so many people’s lives.

Update:

This quarter (July/August/Sept) we raised US$3,058.04 mainly due to the two GlobalGiving campaigns ran during the quarter. However, we are very grateful to our 5 hard core supporters who provide monthly donations, and this is extremely helpful for the hostel as it relies on these continuing donations help fund the food for the hostel.

During this quarter 98 children and their caregivers were cared for at the hostel. We are pleased to report that 3 children completed their treatment session and were allowed home until their next appointment.
Sadly 7 children passed away during this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

Thank you for supporting the families who are going through a tough time.

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https://newhopechildrenshostel.org

https://kawempehomecare.org

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Nelima
Nelima

It has been a long road to recovery.........

Nelima was 4 years old when she became ill. She is the second youngest of 8 children and lives with her family in a grass thatched house. Her father is a peasant farmer and he never had the opportunity to go to school. Both parents are hardworking and to provide for their family is a struggle.

In March 2018, Nelima’s stomach began to swell and continued to grow bigger. She was referred to a hospital where she was found to have a tumor on her kidney. She was referred to the Uganda Cancer Institute for treatment.

It was an emotional and financial distressing time.” says her father.

In April Nelima arrived at the New Hope Children’s Hostel, she was a very sick little girl. She began her treatment of surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Four years on Nelima (above) looks nothing like the sick little girl who come to us. She has completed her treatment and is now in remission but she will have yearly check-ups.

Being with other families whose children were facing cancer helped me to stay optimistic and motivated. We are so happy to have our little girl well and back home. I am so grateful to the hostel and the medical team at UCI for what they have done for our family” says her father.

Not all of our amazing children that the hostel supports live and it is very hard not only for the families but for the staff who care for the children as their own. But we do have many children who do get well and can go back to their families. This keeps us going.

 Update  

Thank you for your wonderful support through GlobalGiving. This quarter (April - June 2022), the New Hope Children’s hostel received 24 donations, totalling US$1,936.33. The April Littlexlittle campaign contributions enabled us to plan for the basic needs of the hostel for the next few months.

This is why your support is so important and worthwhile as it provides hope to the families of children with cancer.

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To know that you helped change someone's life circumstances for the better is a reward

Charles is 4 years old and the second youngest of six children. His father is a mechanic and his mother runs a small-scale business. In November 2019 Charles started complaining of body aches, weakness in his legs and arms. He was also anemic and was taken to the local hospital and had a blood transfusion. His condition got worse and in February 2020 he was referred to the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) for assessment.  Charles was diagnosed with cancer of the blood (leukemia).

He was referred to New Hope Children’s hostel for psychosocial support and his elder sister who was in Senior 6, became his caregiver at the hostel. Charles had to undergo weekly intense cancer treatment, however his father wanted him to go back home as he did not think that the cancer was curable.

However,Charles made great improvements in his condition and he is now stable and has monthly treatment for his cancer.

His parents were very happy with his progress and were grateful for the support New Hope Children’s Hostel provided his children during this difficult time. Charles still has a way to go but he and his family are not alone.

It was hoped that 2022 would be a year when the world would shake off Covid19 and a sense of ‘normality’ would return. How wrong we were. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that are caught up the Ukraine war and the continuing unrest in many parts of the world.

Many not-for-profit groups rely even more now on individuals to help keep their projects operating.GlobalGivinghas given many projects like ours support through their campaigns throughout the year.

Thank you to our donors who support what we do for children with cancer who like Charles are mainly from poor rural areas and unless they get support they cannot afford for their children to access treatment.

For the period January- March 2022, the New Hope Children’s hostel received US$608in donationsand this was mainly due to our6 regular donors who give monthly contributions.


How the funds were used

This quarter the funds were used for fuel to transport the children to the hospital for their treatment, medicines for pain and symptom control and cleaning materials and detergents.

This quarter 82 children and their caregivers were cared for at the hostel. We are pleased to report that 2 children completed their treatment session and were allowed home until their next appointment.
Sadly 10 children passed away during this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

 

Our reward is seeing children with cancer have a chance to enjoy a future.

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Kawempe Home Care

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
SAMUEL GUMA
Kampala, Uganda
$31,286 raised of $45,000 goal
 
380 donations
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