Winter Newsletter 2017-2018
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Dear Friends of LINCCO,
As Canada’s 150th anniversary comes to a close, we want to thank you for making it possible to share our nation’s good fortune with people in other, less-privileged parts of the world.
Your contributions and your fund-raising activities in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto have made 2017 a very successful year for LINCCO.
 In this newsletter, we are excited to share with you videos of some of the projects that your generosity makes possible. We are also featuring one of our key supporters: Marie Hatem.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to working with you to expand our programs in 2018.
Transportation bursaries will be provided for ten young girls who are studying hospitality at Punlaan School, thanks to the November fundraiser organized by the Toronto Team for the Philippines. 
Mari-Tess Gaa, a former teacher at Punlaan School, touched hearts with her testimony about the need for these scholarships. She witnessed first-hand students having to drop out of the hospitality program because they could not afford transportation from their village to the school. She also learned from speaking with the students that they were studying at Punlaan not only to improve their lives but also the lives of their families. The prospect of certain employment on graduating meant they would be able to provide for their immediate and extended family.  Clearly, one scholarship impact the lives of many individuals.
Get a glimpse of how hard-working and dedicated the young girls who study at Punlaan School are.

“I can’t express the gratitude of the people I talked to (in Uganda) about the difference it makes.”

Dr. Ann Kalule in a letter of gratitude to donors after a month-long medical mission to Uganda  from Oct. 5th to Nov. 6th, 2017. 

Medical camp at St. Claret health centre, Nyabwina

In a moving letter of gratitude to the donors that made the medical mission to Uganda possible, Dr. Anne Kalule recounts the visits they made to two remote areas in Western and Central Uganda where the medical team treated over 2000 people. They provided dental, medical, and laboratory services and free medications. Working in collaboration with Kelim Foundation, local medical personnel and volunteers, the medical outreach team provided care and diagnostic services in places where hospitals are inaccessible and health care services are almost non-existent. The mission demonstrates the pressing need for specialized services such as eye care, dental care, and for basic hospital supplies such as mattresses, beds, wheel chairs, oxygen tanks and incubators for premature newborns.

Some of the doctors examining the clients
LINCCO’S Annual Fall Fundraiser a record success!

Fifteen student nurses in the Democratic Republic of Congo will each receive a scholarship  of $1,000 enabling them to continue their studies at the nursing institute in Kinshasa, Institut Supérieur en Sciences infirmières. 

Kinshasa, Institut Supérieur en Sciences infirmières

The funds for the scholarships were raised at LINCCO’s Great Greek Cocktail Event held on November 8th. The Honorary President of the evening, renowned oncologist, Dr. Joseph Ayoub, welcomed over 100 guests, some of them from the Congolese community of Montreal. Comedian Joe Cacchione kept things lively during the auction and helped make the fundraiser a huge success.

Introducing Marie Hatem: a major contributor to LINCCO

LINCCO is proud to introduce you to one of our key supporters, Marie Hatem. She is a Full Professor at the School of Public Health, Université de Montréal and a clinical investigator at the Research Centre of Saint-Justine University Hospital Centre. 

Marie learned about LINCCO and the Institut Supérieur des Sciences Infirmières (ISSI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo through a long-time friend and colleague who put her in touch with ISSI when she went on a mission to the Congo in 2009. A year later, in collaboration with ISSI, Marie led a nursing needs assessment to determine what steps were required to develop adequate nursing programs at the school.

With the support of LINCCO, Marie headed the development of programs to upgrade the nursing programs offered by ISSI. She has made 16 visits to the Democratic Republic of Congo on behalf of LINCCO and ISSI. She has contributed not only her nursing skills and knowledge to LINCCO’s projects in DRC but also she is a major financial donor.

Marie, can you tell us what it is about LINCCO that makes you such a strong supporter?  

“There is nothing simple about creating a partnership in the developing world, in general and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in particular. The needs are enormous and simply surviving is a struggle; in these circumstances, it is hard to see clearly, to see ahead and to plan for the medium and long term. It takes tenacity, perseverance, strong will, personal sacrifice and a great deal of hope and a belief in human nature to continue. We find all of these qualities in LINCCO’s administration of the projects in Democratic Republic of Congo and in its partners in Kinshasa, ISSI and CECFOR.

For my colleagues and myself who have experienced the highs and lows of implementing the programs at ISSI, we can only rejoice at the advances that have been realized, none of which would have been possible without LINCCO and its donors. Nonetheless, DRC is an enormous country with needs and problems shared by many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. When you see the misery of the people and their daily suffering, it makes you want to bring about change more rapidly and more extensively. For this LINCCO is indispensable with its mission of coming to the aid of suffering souls in DRC and beyond. But we must be realistic. LINCCO cannot save the world but without the support of its donors, it cannot accomplish anything at all. When someone in my position sees the needs up close, it is impossible not to give all the financial support possible to help LINCCO find the resources to take its work even further.”

Do you have one particular memory that you would like to share with our donors?

“Throughout my journey with LINCCO, there have been many memorable moments but the most memorable day to speak of was the graduation ceremony for our first cohort of students in the Master’s program in Health Programs Administration, which was set up at ISSI thanks to LINCCO.  You needed to be there to see the pride of the graduates, their teachers, the directors and the students who received their nursing diploma at the same ceremony. I extend a heartfelt thank you to LINCCO and an enormous thank you to each and every one of your donors!” 

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