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2022 Fall Newsletter

Fall 2022 Newsletter
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In this issue

- Giving Tuesday 2022
- CanUgan's Holiday Giving Campaign 2022
- 2022 Third Quarter Distributed Devices
- Reflections from a CanUgan Donor
- Community Sensitization Exercise
- Great Canadian Giving Challenge Recap

- Increased Costs of Assistive Devices
- Recipient Profile - Natukunda Tryphine
Giving Tuesday 2022 
November 29 is GivingTuesday and marks the start of CanUgan's third 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 $8,734. thanks to 41 donors. This year, our goal is to surpass last year's total and raise $9,000.
By Xavier Romero-Frias - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
CanUgan's Holiday Giving Challenge 2022

Starting on Giving Tuesday, November 29th, CanUgan will be sharing the CanUgan 12 Days of Christmas on its social media accounts. Follow along as we count down to the holidays, and introduce you to all the most important elements of CanUgan's work. Each day will bring something new and a story about CanUgan's work. Don't forget to share with your friends and family! 

Watch our TwitterInstagram, and Facebook accounts for regular updates and stories throughout the month of December. Please share with your friends and family!

To donate, please visit:
2022 Third Quarter Distributed Devices   
1 Tri- cycles 3
2 Wheel chair 1
3 White Canes 5
4 Crutches 8
5 Calipers 1
6 Surgical boot 3
7 Raised shoe 3
  Total Items distributed 24
In addition to the 24 distributed devices, the KADUPEDI team repaired five wheelchairs in the third quarter.
Reflections from a CanUgan Donor and Toronto Resident Harry Smaller
November 2022
About a decade ago, while working for a short time in Uganda, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Kasese District Union of Persons with Disabilities (KADUPEDI), in the rural far-western part of the country. We were totally impressed (amazed, actually) with their grass-roots orientation; reaching out to disability groups and individuals in villages, offering support by way of assistive devices (wheelchairs, white canes, crutches etc). At the same time, we were equally impressed with the education, advocacy and lobbying they were undertaking, on the behalf of residents with disabilities.

In addition to spending time in Kasese, we were also very fortunate to join in on a trip visiting several villages, and being welcomed and informed by local disability organizations.

Having met Navin Parekh there, and watching him engage with KADUPEDI and its workers, we were certainly not surprised to learn that, on his return to Canada, he had been instrumental in helping to establish CanUgan. By all accounts, it has clearly been a wonderful organization, continuing in many ways in helping those with disabilities in Uganda. It has indeed been an honour for us to be able to continue supporting it over these years. May it continue for many, many more!
Community Sensitization Exercise
Led by Bwambale Robert
Recently, Bwambale Robert (pictured below) conducted a health community sensitization exercise, in his capacity as a health worker, to sensitize community members on the upcoming Polio immunization exercise that will begin within the whole District of Kasese. Most of the disability in the Kasese District is due to polio infection.

The Government of Uganda, in partnership with the World Health Organization, have organized this health exercise. During this exercise, which is already underway, Bwambale Robert will travel to surrounding villages and identify persons with disabilities (PWDs) who are suffering, due to lack of assistive devices, (focusing mostly on wheel chairs). Thus far, Bwambale Robert has identified four students who are being carried to and from school by their parents. Bwambale Robert also identified two elderly disabled women, who are also lacking wheel chairs. One of the women, was quite ill but was unable to get to the hospital. Bwambale Robert was able to bring her to the local health facility for medical care and at the facility, she was given a wheel chair by a project called Dakitari Project, which is supported by Belgian Nursing students.

Bwambale Robert reiterated that PWDs are suffering without assistive devices and can become very isolated in their homes. Bwambale Robert continues to share stories of PWDs in Kasese communities as a means to shed light on the ongoing challenges they face. Bwambale Robert is also taking time to educate parents in the Kasese communities, of the importance of polio vaccines for their children.
Great Canadian Giving Challenge Recap
In June 2022, CanUgan participated in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! Thanks to over 60 generous donors, we were able to surpass our campaign goal of $10,000 and raised $12,960. 

This was our most successful campaign, to date, and we greatly appreciate the support we received from our donors. 
Increased Costs of Assistive Devices
Our partners at KADUPEPI have noted that the cost of some of the assistive devices has increased in the last year, which will have an impact on the amount of assistive devices that will be distributed.

Tricycles have increase in cost from 650,000 to 700,000 Ugandan Shillings; wheelchairs have increased from 700,000 to 750,000 Ugandan Shillings; crutches from 175,000 to 180,000 Ugandan Shillings; and surgical boots have increased from 365,000 to 380,000 Ugandan Shillings. Raised shoe cost have remained the same at 350,000 Ugandan Shillings and calipers have also remained the same cost, at 320,000 Ugandan Shillings.

* Please note that $1.00 CDN dollar = approximately 2,800 Uganda shillings
Recipient Profile
Natukunda Tryphine (pictured above) is an 11 year-old student who was unable to attend school however once she received her raised shoe, she was able to get back to school.
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