Do we get government funding?
While CanUgan is a registered charity and eligible to receive government funding, our primary source of support comes from our dedicated supporters and the general public.
Why doesn’t CanUgan send wheelchairs or bicycle parts from Canada to Kasese?
There are a few reasons! The big one is our approach; which is about supporting community empowerment and employment. All tricycles are made locally with parts acquired from Ugandan distributors, and other devices are sourced locally as well. Not only does this help stimulate the local economy, making a much more lasting impact, it also means repairing devices is possible.
Kasese is a mountainous region of Uganda, and lack of infrastructure means there are quite a few bumpy dirt roads. The locally-made tricycles are capable of maneuvering the rough terrain and allow for individuals to transport themselves large distances. A wheelchair could never offer the same durability or autonomy, and finding parts to fix them would be difficult.
What do you do with my dollars?
Less than 5% of CanUgan’s donated funds go towards administrative costs essential to ensuring the organization’s ongoing operations. CanUgan is also a 100% volunteer based organization, which means that less than 5% of your donated funds go towards administrative costs essential to ensuring the organization’s ongoing operations.
Your donation is used to purchase, build, and maintain assistive devices. Not only that, but because we purchase and build devices locally in Kasese, we are helping to sustain the local economy and supporting local artisans. Your donation means a gift of mobility to someone living with a disability. This ensures they have the means to rejoin their community, attend school, obtain meaningful work, and support their families.
We’re working together to change lives and communities.
Of Uganda’s population of 33 million, 16%, or well over 5 million Ugandans are people living with disabilities. Caught in the vicious cycle of poverty and disability, they experience extreme poverty and represent one of the most marginalized groups in the country.
Since independence from Britain in 1962, Uganda has experienced a number of internal conflicts and uprisings, which killed and injured scores of Ugandans. Hundreds of people were rendered homeless and multitudes of children were orphaned. Hidden land mines and thousands of child abductions significantly increased the incidence of disability in Uganda. In addition, the absence of adequate child and maternal care as well as inadequate immunization programs result in large numbers of congenital impairments.
With a population of over 600,000, Kasese is one of the poorest districts in Uganda. Located in the Western Region on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kasese was a focal point of insurgencies and conflicts. Its precarious geographical location and rampant poverty makes the district particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases thereby increasing the numbers of persons with disabilities.
While they are impaired, people with disabilities assert that DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY. Through access to assistive devices, many Ugandans with disabilities could pursue vocational training and income generating activities positively impacting their daily life.