Sept 2019 Blog

08 Sep

JOIN US – New Hope Children’s Hostel Supporters’ Club.

We recently launched the New Hope Children’s Supporters’ Club with the aim of raising money to increase access for children with cancer to specialist oncology and palliative care services.

Over 7,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year in Uganda and only 500 (7%) are enrolled for care at the Uganda Cancer Institute. Of those who access treatment only 55% survive annually and yet in developed countries over 80% of children are cured.

If we can overcome the barriers to access early diagnosis and treatment Ugandan children could also have the same chance of being cured.

This calls for a combined effort towards reducing the impact of cancer in children in Uganda.

The only place in Uganda to get treatment for cancer is at Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) at Mulago National Referral hospital in Kampala.

Many of the families from rural areas who are poor and disadvantaged find it difficult to access and or continue the treatment for their children due to the distance to the hospital in Kampala, the high cost of food, medical costs and shortage of beds at the hospital leading patients to sleep on verandas or in tents (above) during the period of their treatment.

What we provide

The New Hope Children’s hostel provides the children and their caregivers with accommodation, meals and transport to UCI for treatment and back to the hostel.   Also, psychosocial services including counselling for the children and their caregivers, assisted play which involves fun activities for the children to help them deal with their treatment, spiritual support and legal support services.

The hostel relies on support from donor agencies and generous people who provide in-kind donations of food, clothing, and toys. We also need financial support for the basic needs of our young patients and their families during their stay at the hostel.

The continued existence of this hostel is vital to this very special group of children.

What Can We Do?

Join Us

KHC has set up a New Hope Children’s Hostel Supporters’ Club to get contributions from local and International communities to maintain and secure this wonderful service.

The contributions from the Supporters’ Club will help with the basic needs of the families in the hostel. It costs:

Food for child and parent US$1 per day (this provides 3 nutritious meals a day. Some children arrive at the hostel in a malnourished state) or US$30 a month.

Accommodation for a child and parent US$20 per month

Daily transport to and from the hospital US$20 per month

Medical supplies US$30 month

Radiotherapy fees US$80

Clinical investigations to confirm cancer diagnosis and start treatment $100

If we can get regular donations, no matter how small, it will be a major help in securing this much needed support for the children and their families.

I hope you can join us in the fight to give these children a secure and safe home environment during their treatment.
People who would like to help, you can find out more and register here. If you wish to send money to Uganda, other than by Bank transfer, there is World Remit which provides a number of options to transfer money.

On your mark, get set, go……….

Good news story about a brave little girl called Allen

Allen is 5 years old and in 2016 she started to experience acute stomach pains. Later on she could hardly eat or drink. Her mother visited several hospitals until she was referred to the Uganda Cancer Institute Mulago hospital. At UCI Allen was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney and was immediately started on chemotherapy. Later on surgery was carried out and a tumour that weighed 9 kgs was removed. She resumed chemotherapy treatment for another two years.

Today, all her treatment is completed. Allen’s mother is so grateful to New Hope Children’s hostel for the support they have given her and Allen for the past 2 years.  “My husband stopped supporting us when Allen fell sick, I found a home full of love, care and support at New Hope hostel as I nursed my child throughout the treatment period,” says Allen’s mother.

Allen is healthy again and her cancer is in remission. Their stay now at the hostel is for a few days since Allen only comes for reviews at the hospital.  Allen is planning to resume school.

We don’t live in a perfect world, and there’s never going to be a perfect time to give—but there are always people out there in need of help. Whether interest rates are rising, the economy is in the doldrums, or even if you’re experiencing financial constraints of your own, the reality is that when you donate your money you help others who need it.

It is said ‘Giving’ makes us happy. To do so to such a worthwhile cause, which makes a difference to these children’s lives during their treatment, will be a good feeling!

 

 

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