FOWC Impact Update – November 2023

An Update from our President

On behalf of the FOWC team, I am pleased to provide you with the latest progress update on our current activities and our ongoing impact.  

As we communicated in our last update, in early September, our warehouse shelves were full of donated supplies, ready to ship out to ostomates in need overseas.  I am happy to report that, thanks to financial support from you, and our generous donors, we were able to ship out an additional $135,000 of donated ostomy supplies in October to Kenya and Ukraine.

At this point, we have exceeded our 2022 impact in donated supplies shipped overseas by 21%.  With your help in the coming weeks, we have the opportunity to deliver on our goal of exceeding pre-pandemic levels of shipments!  Thank you for considering a donation to maximize our 2023 impact – every dollar and product donated definitely counts.

My enduring thanks go out to our fantastic volunteers who collect, sort and pack the all-important donated supplies, and to all our supporters for your invaluable financial and product donations.

Lorne

 

Ukraine

Recent Updates:

  • 2 additional pallets of supplies shipped out in October to Astom Ostomy Association in Kyiv, with an estimated retail value of $67,500.

Our impact year to date: 

  • The volume of supplies shipped: 8 pallets  / 2,070 kg
  • Estimated retail value of supplies shipped: $270,000

 

Kenya

Recent Updates:

  • 2 additional pallets of supplies shipped out in October to the Kenya Ostomy Association in Nairobi, with an estimated retail value of $67,500

Our year-to-date impact 

  • The volume of supplies shipped: 6 pallets  / 1,558 kg
  • Estimated retail value of supplies shipped: $202,500.

 

Iran

Recent Updates  

  • Lengthy government inspections continue to delay the release of donated supplies to the Iran Ostomy Association (IOA) in Tehran.  The need remains great.  As soon as the most recent shipment (May 2023) has been released we will initiate activities for the next shipment.  

Our year-to-date impact 

  • The volume of supplies shipped: 3 pallets  / 735 kg
  • Estimated retail value of supplies shipped: $101,250.

 

Rest Of The World

Recent Updates

  • We continue to be in touch with our other partners who support ostomates in Cuba, Zimbabwe and beyond.  We are also starting to assess a new potential partnership in Uganda.  As the need arises in these regions, and as product inventory allows, we will definitely be doing all we can to support their needs.  

Our year-to-date impact

  • The volume of supplies shipped: 2 pallets  / 570 kg
  • Estimated retail value of supplies shipped: $80,000.

 

We Need Your Help

Our current need is for both product donations, to replenish our warehouse shelves for the New Year, as well as financial donations to allow us to ship out supplies that are ready to go.

We need $5,000 to get these shipments out of the door and on their way overseas to ostomates in need.

Please consider donating today, on Giving Tuesday, or in the run-up to the holidays.  Every dollar donated goes directly towards the costs to store and ship donated supplies.

For information on how to donate or to ask any questions of the team, please reach out to us at info@fowc.ca.

Thank you for your support!

Tanya Schmitt
FOWC Treasurer (Interim)
e tanyas@fowc.ca
t (416) 399-4110
https://fowc.ca/

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