December 2017 Blog

08 Dec


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Peace, good will and happiness for you and your family and friends.  



Dear Friends and Partners,

As we head into the festive season to spend time with our family and friends and for Christians, celebrate a very important event, the birth of Jesus Christ, It is also a time to reflect on those people around us who are less fortunate and our responsibility to those who are lonely, suffering illness or those who have very little. We need to be kinder to each other and share our good fortune with others.

I would like to thank you all very much for your kindness and support you have given KHC and our clients during this past year. We have had a very productive and successful year in 2017 in making some good wins in reaching and improving the outcomes for our clients and our communities.

Our clients continued to be helped in many ways for example:

  • 8117 people were counselled and tested for HIV of which 313 were positive and enrolled into care.
  • 1998 active clients of whom 91.4% are adults and 8.6% under the age of 18.
  •  291 Home Based Care visits were made.
  •   24 adult cancer patients are receiving palliative care.
  • 159 females screened for cervical cancer.
  •  66 women are on our Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission program.
  • 102 children (55 girls and 47 boys) are receiving school fees from sponsors form all parts of the world.  A truly global effort.


  • Since the New Hope Children’s Hostel opened its doors in late 2016, we have helped over 194 disadvantaged children with cancer. This is something we are incredibly proud of and we could not have achieved this without the support of Kindern Eine Chance (Austria). We are also very grateful to the many people who have continuously donated medicines, food, clothes and utensils for these children.


  • Recently we received a new grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS), “Strengthening Patient Hostels in Uganda”, with the key objective to ensure minimum standards are achieved and exceeded by the hostel. These funds for New Hope Children’s Hostel enabled us to improve the patient experience at the hostel through structural and plumbing repairs and to maintain a good and safe environment to assist the recovery process of the children.  Also, the American Cancer Society, “Source” program has provided technical support and training in Resource Mobilization, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Human Resource Management. We are very grateful for the continued partnership with ACS.
  • Renewal of the partnership with Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) with funding from Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Presidents Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). We are very fortunate to have such a long-lasting partnership, which truly benefits our clients.
  • In early May, KHC received a new 14 seater van from MIVA (Austria) in partnership with HORIZONT3000. This generous donation has in particular help the children with cancer and their carers who now have reliable, accessible, daily transport to take them to the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) for treatment and investigations.
  • We commenced Family Planning program for clients with HIV and the general community. Sustain Health Partnerships (UK)strengthened the program by providing financial support for a project to increase access to Family Planning for 500 disadvantaged girls and women in the community.
  •  KHC has had a strong partnership with Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice for many years. Our partnership includes exchange visits every two years and this year we were pleased to welcome Linda Brennan, Kristen Cole, Andrea Dean, Susan Kupersmith, Meena Edwards and her son Stephen. Who joined us to celebrate our 10 year anniversary in July. We were very grateful for their kindness and their generosity. The Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice support the Orphans and Vulnerable Children with sponsoring school fees, are ambassadors for our Beads for Education project – just to name some of the wonderful support they provide.


  • 10 years, a decade -YES Kawempe Home Care has reached a significant milestone from its humble beginnings. The reason for its significance is that in this time KHC has been able to reach out and help many, many people who may not have had a future if it had not been for our existence.

Thank You for being on that journey with us. 

KHC Hand Made Conference Bags

During the year we received orders for our conference bags from palliative care organisations in Europe. We plan to expand our market in 2018 and we hope you may be able to help. If you know of people in the conference /events area or associated with professional organisations such as medical conferences, please promote to them that KHC produces unique, quality hand made, in beautiful African fabric, conference bags that are also reasonably priced.  These bags can be tailored to suit your conference requirements. Please contact Ruth on  for more information.

This aspect of our income generating activities has been very good in enabling KHC to have funds to assist with the operational costs of running our business, also it provides our clients who are working in the tailoring department a regular income to support their families.

Santa’s little Helpers!                                                                                                                                           

Where would we be without the wonderful support we get from our volunteers? It is a wonderful relationship as KHC staff learn new skills, ideas and experience often different cultures and new friendships developed. I am sure our volunteers have enjoyed the experience and the new friendships and they will share their experiences with friends and family when they go home.

Recently we were fortunate to have as volunteers – Sheilla, Judith Arinaitwe, Walyaula Tana Michael and Fatu Silla from Uganda; Lara, Johanna, Mirjam and Hellhack from Germany; and Anna Vinnar from Sweden.  Thank you for your contribution and we hope you had a wonderful rewarding experience with us.



There have been many people both individuals and organisations that have been extremely generous, wither through in kind donations, financially supporting programs, sponsoring children’s education, volunteering and the list is endless. It feels wonderful to have been on such a rewarding journey with so many of you.

Where would we be without our hard working and dedicated staff and community workers? The Board and I are very grateful to you for the tremendous effort you have put in over the past 12 months. Our Board continues to provide the professional and regulatory framework to ensure our continued success and from a personal perspective I appreciate the support they have given me.

We also give thanks to Almighty God for giving us strength and guidance.

Give a Gift that Lasts

Probably for many one of the stressful aspects of Christmas is deciding what to give someone at Christmas. We may be able to help you to find a gift for those friends or family who have what they need. We developed a Gift Certificate to raise funds for the New Hope for Children Hostel Christmas Appeal. Why not replace a traditional present with a gift that lasts? – Find out how you can buy a certificate or if you simply wish to make a donation this leaflet explains how your donation can be used to provide help where it is needed.

Christmas Break

KHC will be closed from Friday 15 December and back on 4 January 2018. There will be a skeleton staff providing ongoing support to our clients over this period.

As we say good bye to 2017 often we start thinking about a list of resolutions in the hope that our willpower will be strong enough to launch us into a new way of living!  Instead let us pause to celebrate; pause to reflect; pause to take stock and pause to see what we can learn from the past year.

Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018.

Dr Sam Guma    (Co Founder & Executive Director).
















3 Responses to “December 2017 Blog”

  1. Gerever December 27, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    The work Kawempe Home Care does amazing. Looking forward to join hands with you in 2018

  2. Carol Menzies December 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    Dear Dr Sam and KHC staff
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Congratulations on an amazing 2017. The wonderful work you do, makes such a difference.
    The challenge I give to the friends and partners is to make sure in 2018 we each personally do one thing to help KHC achieve its goal in securing premises for New Hope Children’s hostel.
    KHC keep up the great work you do.

  3. Diana December 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm #

    May God bless the hands that gave and return to them hundred fold

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