Friends of Ostomates Worldwide Canada is an organization that has been in existence for over the past 30 years.
While we here in Canada have the best of surgeries and access to the choices of ostomy supplies, the truth is that in many countries that is not the case.
What FOW(C) does, is collect unused ostomy supplies from across Canada. We sort, pack and send these supplies to the neediest places in the World. In May of 2019 we shipped over 2100 pounds of ostomy supplies to Kenya, Nairobi specifically. There are some 4500 people just in that one city who have no access or cannot afford the ostomy supplies needed. As well the volunteers there cannot afford to pay for the shipping costs to get the equipment to them.
That is where FOW(C) comes in, we not only pack and sort but pay for the shipping, in this case, it was a little over $4500US to get the supplies to them.
We are currently in the process of shipping supplies to Iran. We are supplying them because few countries, if any, can get supplies to them, because of sanctions. We sent supplies to them in 2018 and are about to get supplies to them once again. Iran ostomy society is in great need.
In Tehran, there are over 3000 members of the Iranian Ostomy Society. The cost to ship 4 pallets to them is in the neighbourhood of $4000US
We also help other Charities get supplies out to the neediest of people. Here in Canada, we supplied One4another International with ostomy supplies in Uganda.
We will be supplying another mission to Uganda in the near future.
We need your help to defray the cost of shipping. As well we have to sort and pack these supplies.
That requires the use of warehouse space. Your donation will help us to be able to continue our mandate in helping ostomates in various countries.
We thank you for taking the time to read this and our best wishes and look forward to a positive response from you.