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2021 Fall Newsletter

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- Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2021
- University of Ottawa Rehabilitation Project
- Holiday Season Giving Campaign 2021
- COVID-19 Support for PWDs in Uganda
- A Special Donation

- Recipient Profile

- CanUgan's 2021 AGM
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2021

In June of this year, CanUgan had its most successful online campaign to date.
63 donors contributed $10,243.
To all of our donors, we thank you very much!
Your ongoing support means so much to persons with disabilities in Kasese, Uganda.
University of Ottawa School of Rehabilitation Project

CanUgan is in the early stages of collaborating with the School of Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa, on an exciting new initiative to provide physiotherapy students with the opportunity to assess persons with disabilities in Kasese, Uganda. The goal is to broaden student awareness of global and intercultural perspectives in providing rehabilitation services. CanUgan team members on the ground in Kasese, will be helping to establish a local communications hub to enable an effective virtual connection. The hope is that this collaboration will lead to future research projects that both physiotherapy students in Ottawa and persons with disabilities in Uganda benefit from. Stay tuned!
November 30 is GivingTuesday and marks the start of CanUgan's second annual Holiday Giving Campaign!  

A global generosity movement, GivingTuesday takes place each year as the “opening day of the giving season". It is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes. For CanUgan, it also kicks off our Holiday Giving Campaign, which runs through December.
Last year, we raised $4,935 with the support of our amazing donors and members. This year, our goal is to surpass last year's total and raise over $5,000.
Please join us in participating in GivingTuesday by making a donation to CanUgan on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
Look out for our social media posts and emails promoting #GivingTuesday and our 2021 Holiday Giving Campaign!

Voices Drumming Support for Persons with Disabilities in the wake of COVID‑19 Pandemic
By Moses Olong 
It has been almost 2 years since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) began to have impact on the people of Uganda. The vulnerable populations, persons with disabilities (PWDs) in particular, have been hit hardest. After much anticipation and waiting on October 7, 2021, Uganda finally received their first batch of 196,800 doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines bought by the government.
As the government aims to vaccinate 9 million people, many people are queueing up to receive their first dose. With such scarcity of vaccines, many PWDs are left to advocate for themselves. Luckily, there are numerous voices that are drumming support for these PWDs.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine, came out to direct the Ministry to prioritize vulnerable population groups when administering the single‑dose shots. After identifying unfairness in the distribution of the vaccines, the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) has swiftly come out to lend a voice for the over fifty thousand PWDs it represents in the country. NUDIPU has requested that the government recognize all PWDs in the country among the priority groups of vulnerable persons that must be considered first in the ongoing COVID‑19 vaccination exercise. Additionally, District Representatives have added their voices on behalf of PWDs in Uganda. One such representative is Ms. Deborah Nakayenga, who represents the district of Wakiso. While speaking to some journalists on August 12, 2021, Ms. Deborah appreciates that PWDs need special care in their daily lives and that such care needs to be demonstrated in the ongoing vaccination exercises to minimize perpetual hardships and sufferings. Similar efforts are being made by the coordinator of the Kasese District Union of People with Disabilities (KADUPEDI), Mr. Peter Baluku, who in a concerted effort is actively advocating for PWDs to help them receive services with fairness.

A Special Donation
A thank you is in order to CanUgan founder Navin Parekh, who made a special one-time donation in October to CanUgan, to support a 19 year-old girl in receiving treatment services for a serious mental health issue. Tragically, in rural and isolated areas persons with disabilities are so often forgotten and have very limited access to health services. We are reminded that mental illness also merits support from CanUgan.
Kule Festus - A CanUgan Recipient
Kule Festus is a resident of Kyondo Cell in Kasese Municipality. At the age of 13, after he suffered a spinal cord injury, Festus was registered with Kasese District Union of Persons with Disabilities (KADUPEDI) to receive a mobility device. CanUgan was able to provide him with a tricycle. With his mobility device, Festus is now able to provide for his family, working as a cobbler. Festus has recently received support from one of CanUgan’s members, Mr. Gordon Walker, to construct an accessible unit for Festus with construction currently underway.
To see a heartfelt thank you from Festus, please follow the link: 
Thank You from Kule Festus
CanUgan's 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

CanUgan will host our AGM on Tuesday, February 1st, 2020 from 6:30-8 pm. This year's AGM will provide us the opportunity to share our Strategic Plan with the Board and solicit member feedback. 

Details and agenda to follow.

Location to be determined (the AGM will either be held in person or via Zoom).
To "Donate Now" on Giving Tuesday (November 30th) please visit:
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