The Faraja Medical Support Fund


GIVING HOPE AND A REAL CHANCE OF RECOVERY

 Faraja’s main mandate initially was to provide information and therapies to aid patients through their chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. However, with an increased cancer burden in Kenya, there is a higher demand for financial assistance for patients. This is largely due to the 3 reasons below:  

1.    There are only 14 registered oncologists in Kenya for a population of 45million (compared to 766 in the UK. This leads to an annual mortality rate of 27,000 a year due to cancer compared to 7 in 10 in the developed world. 

2.    Cancer treatment is hugely expensive – even for those who can afford it the resources are sparse.  Radiotherapy treatment in Kenya is offered publicly and subsidized at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya’s largest referral hospital. However, there are only 3 functioning radiotherapy machines and one frequently breaks down. This leads to a waiting list of over a year long. The only alternatives most patients have are private clinics which charge an average of $60-100 per session, a sum many cannot afford.

3.    During a conference for East Africa Insurance that was held in February of 2017, it was revealed that only 12% of Kenyans have medical insurance. This translates to about 480,000 Kenyans who have insurance covers out of the country’s over 40 million people population.

 

For these reasons, Faraja Cancer Support Trust launched the Faraja Medical Support Fund (FMSF)  on 12th November 2016 with the aim of developing an effective system which will enable adults and children with cancer to obtain the right treatment at the right time. This brings hope and real chance of recovery. The mission is to galvanise the support of a small but powerful group with the vision and capacity to come together and make a meaningful and long lasting impact by making sizable donations into the fund.

The treatment that Faraja funds is provided at  private and government institutions in Nairobi.  Faraja aims to raise Kshs 100,000,000 (US$1,000,000). A corpus of funds that, when invested, will ensure up to 50 patients receive treatment every year. The fund will cover medical costs such as surgery, brachetherapy , chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapy. The beneficiaries will be required to cover the initial consultation and the first 10% of the treatment plan. To qualify for a grant, individuals will submit an application form which will be vetted monthly by members of an expert panel. The selection criteria will be based on the financial status of the applicant, type of cancer, prognosis and age.

EARLY ADOPTERS- NAKUMATT

A pilot project for the fund was carried out in 2014 from a donation given by Nakumatt Holdings during their October cancer awareness campaign, “Let’s Fight This Battle Together”. The Pilot funded 42 grants to children and adults at the cost of Kshs 5,548,634 with an average grant of Kshs 137,270.


TESTIMONY


Vincent Obinge is a recent beneficiary of the medical fund. The 41year old single father of three was diagnosed in January 2017 with a localized rectal tumour and urgently needed financial assistance to cover his chemotherapy, radiotherapy and colostomy (surgical procedure that brings one end of the large intestine out through the abdominal wall). Through Faraja’s medical fund, Vincent is now on his way to recovery after receiving a grant for surgery and to cover the cost of therapy after the NHIF* rebate.

 

“If it wasn’t for Faraja’s support I do not think I would be alive right now. I am poor and I’m not employed. The help we receive saves lives and I am a living testament.”-says a cheerful Vincent.

 

Cancer can have a devastating financial impact on survivors and their families. Even if you have good health insurance coverage, your direct medical costs and related nonmedical expenses can quickly add up. Most direct medical costs resulting from cancer treatment (such as physicians' fees, hospital expenses, and pharmacy bills) are covered at least in part by basic health insurance plans.

The fund has now raised Kshs 80million. The funds raised were sourced from various supporters, sponsors and events. Some notable early adopters include Anthony Havelock, who organised the Natalie Blue Ball in London on the 10th of September 2016 in loving memory of his wife who passed on from metastatic breast cancer. The ball raised £110,000. A sub-fund within the FMSF called the Natalie Fund was created to financially assist young mothers with breast cancer. Gemma McRae and Johnny Limb also organised a fun golf day and fabulous Rio Carnival Ball at night. These two amazing events raised an additional Kshs 3.86 million shillings for the Natalie Fund. Faraja’s Founding Trustee, Shaira also did a  350km bike ride in October 2015 Tanzania and raised Kshs 14million for the Fund.

“I feel so passionate about this ground breaking initiative.” Quips Shaira


For more information on how to support our fund please visit us at HCG-CCK, Shivachi Road Parklands (next to MP Shah Hospital)

Weekdays: 8am-5pm

Mobile: 0727 529 287

Email: info@farajacancersupport.org

Website: www.farajacancersupport.org

 

To read more about the Fund click here 


Here is a video that played during the launch of the fund and highlights the importance of giving hope and a real chance of recovery to children and adults with cancer in Kenya. 


Corporate and Project Partnerships

We welcome Companies, Trusts and Foundations to contact us who are looking to support projects that make an impact in the cancer and health area. We create long-term partnerships that deliver clear benefits to our partners as well as raising significant funds for us. Each relationship is unique and tailored so please get in touch with Shaira.

There are currently a number of event sponsorship and project partnership opportunities available. Please take a look at the list below and get in touch for more information if a project matches your philanthropic dreams or meets your workplace’s giving guidelines. We also welcome any ideas that you may have.

Faraja takes our partnerships very seriously and aims to make them mutually beneficial and tailored where possible. Faraja is transparent with funds raised. As such as have enjoyed wide support from both individuals and institutions.

It is impossible to acknowledge everybody here but major project partners and sponsors in  so far include; Safaricom Foundation, Nakumatt Holdings,  Cancer Care Kenya , I&M Bank, Simba Corp Foundation, RSM Eastern Africa, PwC, Anjarwalla and Khanna and Mamujee Foundation.

Support Services Partnership Opportunities

Area Who it Helps and What it Does Gift / Sponsorship Guideline (KSh)
Breast Cancer Support Partner

Supports women who are going through the breast cancer journey through monthly support groups, holistic therapies and therapy sessions.

300,000
Children Partner

Children and their families who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, or undergoing treatment. The project partner will help fund going on-going support projects for children's such as craft for cure, therapy sessions, groups outings and financial assistance.

500,000
Information Partner

Thanks to Rotary Club of Karura, Faraja currently holds one of the biggest library’s of cancer related information in Kenya. This is especially important to our patients who are newly diagnosed. A new project partner would enable us to purchase new books and cover printing and photocopying costs.

200,000
Prostate Cancer Support Partner

Supports men going through the prostate cancer journey through monthly support groups, holistic therapies and therapy sessions.

300,000
Cervical Cancer Support Partner

Supports women going through the cervical cancer journey through monthly support groups, holistic therapies and therapy sessions.

300,000

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Area What it involves Sponsorship Guideline (KSh)
White Water Rafting : Every May at Savage Wilderness Camp

White Water Rafting is an annual fundraising even held every May in partnership with Savage Wilderness Camp. Over the years, the event has grown in attendance and in sponsorship. There is however an opportunity to be a lead and title sponsor for this high impact event. 

Over the years White Water Rafting has raised Kshs 4million and over 500 spectators have atteneded. 

As a  leading corporate ssponsor – this is your chance as to make a rapid impact!

To read about previous rafting events and how much was raised, please click here

500,000
Kenya’s Biggest Coffee Morning: Every September/ October

The event that aims to raise funds and create the conversation needed to combat the major issues we are facing here in Kenya. Either host a KBCM at your workplace or consider becoming an event sponsor. The concept begun in 2014 KBCM directly reached over 3,000 people and raised Kshs 2 million. To see how it has grown click here

250,000 - 500,000

Outreach Partnership Opportunities

Opportunity What it involves Sponsorship Guideline (KSh)
A Brand New Faraja

Faraja is looking to expand so we can do more outreach work. The vision is to set up brand new Faraja in Eldoret, Western Kenya. Partner this project and double the number of patients that Faraja can reach with our core services.

3 million initial set up costs and 3 million running costs over 3 years.
Faraja Cancer Nurse

This is a visionary new project to fund a post of Faraja’s first ever specialised support nurse to work at both Faraja and out in the local community. A very popular, and tried and tested concept overseas which really benefits patients – so we are keen to trial it here.

Salary post for a year or secondment of someone with appropriate skills