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A CSR Opportunity in Addis

By Samrawit Geremew | Tue Nov 30 2021
TAPCOO (Tesfa Addis Parents Children Cancer Organization), a nonprofit organization (NPO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was established by parents of children with cancer and other individuals who have an interest in helping children with cancer and their families who have no place to stay in Addis Ababa during their children’s clinical treatment.
The organization recently invited the RENEW team to their care center in Addis Ababa. A cohort of 16 team members traveled to the center and donated clothes, children’s books and sanitary items to the families that are  staying at the center. We spent a few memorable and impactful hours with them and saw firsthand what the wonderful home provided to children from across Ethiopia who are undergoing cancer treatment.
They have beautiful, clean and spacious rooms where moms can stay with their children while they're receiving treatment at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa. Dads are housed in a separate part of the facility but are still close enough to support their wives and children through this challenging time of their lives. In addition, the organization has various projects that enable parents to earn extra money while their children are receiving treatment.
The home currently houses 150 children in their Addis Ababa facility and has branches in two other major cities in Ethiopia. Though recent data is unknown, according to a 2015 source, hospital records in Ethiopia show about 6,000 new cases of pediatric cancer each year.  According to the World Health Organization, approximately 400,000 children and adolescents of 0-19 years old are diagnosed with and suffer from cancer each year around the world (World Health Organization, 2021).  
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