We are a group of Juliet Tembe’s friends, based at the University of British Columbia, Canada, who are supporting a remarkable educator at a critical time. Our Ugandan friend is an outstanding teacher, scholar, and community activist, who has promoted literacy in sub-Saharan Africa for the past four decades as well as fighting HIV/AIDS through her work on the Board of TASO. After completing her doctorate in Language and Literacy Education at UBC, Juliet became the Ugandan in-country coordinator of the innovative African Storybook Project, which draws on technology to promote early literacy for African children.
Having devoted her life to the service of others, Juliet is now fighting a soft tissue sarcoma in her upper left leg. It is a high grade leiomyosarcoma which is very aggressive. She has sought medical treatment in Uganda, South Africa, and India. She urgently needs funds to help cover the considerable costs of her treatment, and we will be deeply grateful for any donations for a much loved and widely respected friend and colleague.
How to donate
Donate by visa or mastercard through stripe - it's amazingly easy. You can also donate through paypal however you can only do so at this time if you have a paypal account. We are working on fixing this so you can donate without an account.
We have set a goal of $25,000, based on advice and information Juliet has received from her doctors on how much it will all cost. She cannot get all the help she needs in Uganda and so she has been travelling outside Uganda to India as well as to other countries, where she is supported by friends while not in hospital. We hope to reach our goal within the stated time-frame of three months. Should we be so fortunate to exceed our goal, all funds will go to Juliet so she can set is aside for any future health concerns. She has already been told that she cannot get health insurance in Uganda so she needs to have a back-up fund.
Your generous donations will be periodically transferred from stripe and paypal to a bank account specially set up at TD Canada Trust and then wired to Juliet in Uganda, India or where-ever she is receiving treatment. Three of her friends, listed on this page, are administering the funds, which will be held to the highest levels of scrutiny and accountability.
If you have any questions or want more information on how best to support Juliet, please e-mail us at [email protected]
Eilis, Bonny, Tamara and Nidhi