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- October 2019 

2019 so far...  

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2019 has been amazing so far. We are writing to catch you up on all the exciting highlights and to say thank you for your support. How is your year going?

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January 2019 

We are always grateful and glad to ring in a new year at Tumaini La Maisha. A new year is a new chance for us to work harder towards achieving our goals, to reflect on the chapter we have just closed and to plan for the next. We started the year by welcoming the amazing @shrineon all the way from the United States of America to give our Ujasiri House an incredible makeover!! His work has graced Coachella and Burning Man Festivals and now Ujasiri house!! We absolutely love our new look and most importantly the children are so proud of their home away from home! Thank you so much @shrineon <3

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February 2019  

Our friends from Lions Club of Dar es salaam Tanzanites District 411C donated blood for us, which is a crucial part of childhood cancer care. Did you know that blood can be separated and made into different blood products for many different children depending on their needs? One ten-minute donation can save several lives. Sign up for a blood drive near you - or subscribe to our email list to keep up to date! 

This month we also celebrated 1 Pathology scientist and 1 Pathologist attending a 1 month training in Kenya and International Childhood Cancer day!

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March 2019

THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME!!! We were beyond proud to open a state of the art new Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at our headquarters at Muhimbili. We worked with experts from all over to plan and build this incredible facility and it will be managed by the team at MNH. Massive thanks to the Big Heart Foundation and HRH the Queen of Sharjah for supporting this project.

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April 2019

In April, we were really focused on spreading awareness and conducted interviews on local media while working on our regular programmes and TLM life. Did you hear Alex on TBC international talking about childhood cancer, paediatric oncology and public health?

 We also conducted flow training with eighteen laboratory specialists from MNH and from three of our partner centres KCMC, BMC & Dodoma.

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May 2019  

In May one of our many Friday outings for the children well enough to leave the hospital was to our good friends at Nafasi Art Space. We celebrated our one year anniversary of partnership and paid them a visit for some psycho-social activities such as art, music and play therapy. Nafasi is a magical place and we are so lucky to count them among those who advocate for and support the children.

Dr. Sikudhan Muya – A radiation specialist, attended an observer-ship training at at St Lukes Radiation hospital in Ireland for one month.

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June 2019  

1 Paediatric Infectious Disease Consultant visited the Upendo & Tumaini Children’s Cancer wards, and helped enormously to create an appropriate treatment strategy for oncology children who develop fever. 2 microbiologists from Ireland also came to MNH for one week to train the local team between June 19th- 27th 

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July 2019  

The annual Galway Ball, one of the greatest fundraising events we have, brought 115 people all together in aid of children’s cancer care in Tanzania. Thanks to everyone who showed up to this wonderful event, bought tickets, raffle tickets and more. The funds raised go a seriously long way towards the provision of life saving care for our children. 

This month also saw the return of Meadhbh, our former volunteer also from Ireland who is now our Ireland and international strategic development manager - karibu Meadhbh. 

July was also a month to remember because of our dear friends BM Visuals and Elvis Mlokozi. They spent three days with us at the Upendo & Tumaini Children’s Cancer Centre and Ujasiri House Hostel filming the ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ by Andy Grammer. We are excited to air the final cut at the Little Theatre of Dar es Salaam in November 2019. Dr. Mamsau Ngoma – A radiation specialist, attended an observer ship training at at St Lukes Radiation hospital in Ireland for one month.

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August 2019  

The second annual TLM festival took place at Nafasi Art Space and was even more epic than we expected!! Attended by more than 800 people and raising awareness about childhood cancer and funds for TLM. The event was definitely one to remember and we look forward to watching it grow from strength to strength each year. We were delighted to have our friend Ambassador Paul Sherlock open the event with an address. We also launched our Piggy Bank awareness and fundraising campaign for September - International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

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September 2019  

The Piggy Bank campaign consumed us all this September!! Distributing 1,600 across Dar was no mean feat but we did it!! We got a change to collaborate with several schools, businesses, as well as individuals who willingly took piggy banks to contribute to the children. We were delighted to be invited to speak about childhood cancer at many schools and even get Big Piggy’s into supermarkets and hotels to fundraise.



This month we also welcomed the wonderful Karina our Brazilian Clown doctor who brought joy, vibrancy and fresh energy to all during her stay - we miss you Karina!



On September 28th we loaded up into our Tumaini Bus and headed to our friends at Kidz Kollege for a Childhood Cancer Awareness Event we will never forget! Farm animals, a swimathon, pop - up shops and more. This event was a huge success for fundraising, awareness and fun! Thank you to the Giving Hope Foundation for organising this wonderful event. 


September was also the start of our 10 week paediatric nurse training course which has been a huge success and makes sustainable change for our nurses practicing every day at the ward.

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