Our work with children
4 ways in which Faraja helps kids with cancer
It is a sad fact of life that vulnerable children get cancer too. Just 1 in 10 children survive cancer in Kenya compared to 7 in 10 in developed countries. Clearly there is much to do.
Faraja ensures that our services reach children and their families as they go through this difficult time by providing practical and emotional support. The below gives you a snapshot of 3 ways we do this:
Through our Craft for Cure Programme - a picture paints a thousand words
Kids can get pretty miserable and bored having to stay for months on end at a hospital for cancer treatment. The Crafts for Cure program takes place every Friday afternoon at Kenyatta National Hospital run by Faraja and Nairobi University's AIESEC students.
Craft for Cure enables these kids a welcome distraction from treatments, the chance to hang out with fun people and just get to be kids for an afternoon.
Around 40 children attend the Craft for Cure workshops.
Through Providing Life-Saving Treatments
In special circumstances Faraja has an emergency fund for children (and adults) who are living with cancer and can't afford life-saving treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Cancer is mostly a death sentence in Kenya but by receiving the right treatment at the right time, children and their families can be given hope and a real chance of recovery.
This project has been successful, proving that it is critical children get the right treatment at the right time. Please see the story of 9 year old Kevin Githinji who was one of our first patients to receive financial assistance to fund his treatment.
Milk and Fruit Donations- Every Wednesday and Friday
Faraja Cancer Support Trust began giving fruit and milk donations once a month in 2015. The donations are offered to the children in level 3 ward which accommodates approximately 50 children. Due to the positive feedback we have received, the donations have been extended to level 1 e and level 9 paediatric
Special One-Off Projects
We are always open to explore ideas with individual and corporate supporters who are keen to help children living with cancer.
From time to time day trips will be organized so children can have a welcome break from medical treatment regimes. In the past this has included a trip to the Animal Orphanage in Nairobi.
Another initiative has seen Braeburn School brought yogurt and gifts to the children at Kenyatta Hospital oncology ward. A very special day with happy memories created!
See how you can help us continue to provide hope and support to more children here.