Abbotsford Residents Visit Children with Disabilities in Uganda

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Abbotsford residents George and Tina De Ruiter
faced the harsh realities of life in Uganda, East Africa while visiting
projects of cbm Canada this month.
    Along with Abbotsford's Chris Tinworth, cbm's BC District Manager and
seven other friends and supporters of cbm from across Canada, Mr. and Mrs.
De Ruiter had welcomed the opportunity to see the difference their financial
support has been making in the lives of people who are blind or otherwise
    In addition to visiting eye hospitals in Kampala and Tororo, the
highlight of the trip for the long-time cbm supporters was witnessing the
children's orthopaedic work at the Kumi Hospital in Northern Uganda.
    The De Ruiters also visited children who receive rehabilitative care in
their rural homes by the field workers of Kumi Hospital. While visiting some
of these children, the De Ruiters met 8-month-old Jessica who was born with
club feet. Through casts being applied every week for the first six months of
her life, Jessica's feet have now been straightened. For the next four years,
she will need to wear a foot brace every night to keep her feet straight.
    Since De Ruiters have a nine-year-old grandson with club foot, they were
pleased to see cbm's early intervention in Jessica's life which will ensure a
good outcome.
    "I was very impressed with the work being done by cbm and the attitude of
the workers is so positive and joyful," says Mrs. De Ruiter.
    "But I am very sad to see how the people live in this part of Uganda. We
also visited a little girl with Cerebral Palsy but her mother wasn't there."
The child's mother has to walk about 3 kilometres to get water three times a
day so whatever time she has left is spent looking after her other eight
children. "That made me very sad," continues De Ruiter. "I hope that I will be
more thankful for what I have."
    Tinworth added, "Although it is hard to see children with a disability
living in such poor conditions here in rural Uganda, it is also heartening to
see that regular visits from the Kumi Hospital Community Based Rehabilitation
team is making such a tremendous difference in the lives of these children and
    To learn more about cbm's life transforming work or to help rescue a
child living in poverty with a disability, visit

    cbm is an international disability and development organization that
brings hope and help to more than 20 million people who struggle with
preventable diseases and disabilities in over 1,000 projects in the poorest
countries of the world.

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