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Next month CanUgan will participate in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge.

Next month CanUgan will participate in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support our efforts in providing assistive devices for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in rural west Uganda. Your support means so much to us.So here’s what we’ve been up to:We have revamped our website making almost all of our fundraising virtualWe are active on social mediaWe are sending spring and fall newsletters to keep our members and donors informed We had a successful Holiday Season Giving Campaign in December 2020This past year has been challenging for us all. The pandemic however has highlighted the profound inequality PWDs face. In Kasese Uganda, food insecurity and job loss are on the rise. Disabled women are at greater risk of sexual violence. The fear of COVID-19 is everywhere. PWDs are more isolated than ever and need our help.

CanUgan has been described as a small but mighty organization. Each assistive device, be it a set of crutches, a raised shoe, a white cane or a wheelchair goes a long way to helping PWDs participate in their communities. This gift of mobility is so critical.

Thank you for your support in the past and we look forward to your continued financial support in June’s campaign. Please reach out to your networks to promote the campaign. We are all a part of a global family.

For more information, check us out at canugan.org.

Sincerely, 

Jack McCarthy
Chair, CanUgan Disability Support

Held every year, the Great Canadian Giving Challenge provides Canadians with an opportunity to donate to worthy causes while increasing the organization's chances of receiving a bonus. Like last year, this year’s generous bonus has doubled to $20,000!

This year continues to be a difficult time for people around the world. COVID-19 continues to mean that many people are in tight spots, and the need for social supports continues to be high, although we now have vaccines rolling out and providing us hope. As ever, we are grateful for any support you can give, whether it is a donation or just 'liking' our post!

Last year, we were so grateful to reach $6,500 thanks to your generosity. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 – and as ever, we are hoping to win that Great Canadian Giving Challenge Bonus!

Watch our TwitterInstagram, and Facebook accounts for regular updates and stories throughout the month of June. Please share with your friends and family - $10,000 raised could provide a huge proportion of our annual funding, and contribute hundreds of mobility aids to our partners in Uganda. And follow along with the hashtags #CanUgan and #GivingChallengeCA.

To donate, visit us here.

Bwambale Robert

Early this year we were informed that Bwambale Robert has resigned from our team in Kasese Uganda. He leaves big shoes to fill!
Robert is a warm and friendly man with a big heart and boundless energy. Robert took the lead role in visiting many of the rural villages in Kasese district, reaching out to people with disabilities, assessing their particular health needs and making sure that the right assistive device got purchased and delivered to the beneficiary. He also took care of many administrative details such as managing funds and providing documentation to support all requests for funding.  
We wish our good friend Robert all the best and thank him for his tireless commitment to serving disabled people.
He will always be a special friend to all of us at CanUgan.

Distribution of Assistive Devices

Thanks to your generous donations, CanUgan has been able to provide a 625 different assistive devices to PWDs in Kasese Uganda since 2016, including 117 tricycles and 9 wheelchairs. 

In the first quarter of 2021, we have been able to distribute 2 tricycles, 1 wheelchair, 5 white canes, 2 calipers, 2 raised shoes, 7 pairs of crutches and 2 surgical boots.

These locally sourced assistive devices provide recipients with mobility and independence. 

Every donations helps to provide one of the following devices: 

White cane: $35.00
Pair of crutches: $70.00
Calipers (leg braces): $115.00
Raised shoe: $130.00
Surgical boot: $135.00
Wheelchair repurposed: $185.00
Tricycle: $250.00
Wheelchair new: $325.00

Holiday Season Giving Campaign
Throughout the month of December 2020, CanUgan launched our first Holiday Season Giving Campaign. The inaugural campaign called on donors to give the gift of mobility and truly demonstrated the holiday spirit of giving as we raised $5000.

Thank you for each and every donation which allowed us to distribute those first quarter devices for 2021.

2021 First Quarter Recipient - Natukunda Allen

Natukunda was supported with a caliper after an operation to correct her club foot in the Kampala Cursor Hospital. Natukunda has expressed her gratitude and excitement to colleagues and friends for her new found mobility.