Global Partnership Stories
EthiopiaHospice Ethiopia AssociationTennesseeCaris Healthcare, Lp
Caris Healthcare and Hospice of Ethiopia have been partners since 2007/8, and frequently communicate with each other sharing information to promote a better understanding of end-of-life care in each region. Caris systematically highlights its work with its international partner in Leadership Development Institute meetings and community publications. Recently, Caris' relationship with Hospice of Ethiopia was highlighted during a gala event with funds being raised through a silent auction. Caris team members often receive email alerts, PowerPoint presentations and other informational news from their international partner. Their partners provide the global perspective needed to balance the work Caris does on a local level in hospice care!
KenyaKenya Hospice and Palliative Care AssociationPennsylvaniaHospice & Community Care
Hospice and Community Care organized a one-day consignment shop to support its Partner, Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association. The event, called Spring Bling, was held at the hospice facility, and both staff and community members were invited. In seven hours, the event raised $1,200 and provided an excellent community outreach opportunity as well. By garnering increased community support, staff hopes to expand the event in the future.
TanzaniaIlembula Lutheran Hospital-Palliative Care ProgramColoradoHopeWest
Hospice of Western Colorado raised funds for its Partner that enabled Ilembula Lutheran Hospital to purchase 10 rough-road wheelchairs. The U.S. staff were inspired to raise these funds after they visited Ilembula and saw how hard it was for the patients to get around due to area’s rough terrain. With the new wheelchairs, patients’ quality of life will definitely improve.
TanzaniaNkoaranga Lutheran Hospital-Palliative Care ProgramMarylandGilchrist Hospice Care
Gilchrist Hospice Care says that its partnership with the Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital Palliative Care Program is part of the organization’s fabric. U.S. staff make and sell crafts to benefit Nkoaranga and have a robust payroll deduction program that also generates funds for the developing country program. Gilchrest staff also make presentations to local community and church groups that have successfully raised funds for the Partnership — $30,0000 in 2010 alone! Gilchrist notes that the Partnering has also benefited its employees by helping them develop a greater awareness of global issues and an increased gratitude for what they have in the U.S.
Partners since 2009, the staff’s appreciation was intensified in 2010, when four Gilchrist staff visited their partner. The trip let the U.S. staff experience all aspects of Nkoaranga’s work as well as the Tanzanian culture. The travel team met with hospital leaders, visited patients, attended worship services, and visited the orphanage. Gilchest staff said the visit had a profound and life-changing impact on team members. They have a greater understanding of their Partner’s needs — and a greater appreciation for the good work they do despite the hardships posed by the rutted terrain, the limited access to effective pain medications, and the financial limitations posed by a limited budget and small staff. To really see the impact they were making, despite the seemingly insurmountable logistical and financial barriers, was awe-inspiring.
TanzaniaSelian Lutheran HospiceColoradoThe Denver Hospice
The Denver Hospice and Selian Lutheran Hospice have been partnered since 2001. During that time, The Denver Hospice has raised approximately $500,000 for Selina, including funds for an office and training center, three vehicles, and a motorcycle. But financial support is only one aspect of the partnership. Just as important are moral support, friendship, and education. They communicate regularly with each other, and Selian staff know that someone cares about them and supports their work. Over the years, the relationship has deepened and broadened through exchange visits in both directions and working on projects together. Projects have included introduction of bereavement support and expansion of pediatric hospice care and children’s support programs.
UgandaKawempe Home CareNew JerseySamaritan Healthcare & Hospice
In 2013, a team of staff and volunteers from Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice travelled 8,000 miles to see first-hand what impact its Partnership had had in Kampala, Uganda. The U.S. team included a physician, two social workers, two nurses, a massage therapist and two volunteers. The visit had a significant impact on the U.S. staff, who returned home more enthusiastic than ever about increasing their support for Kawempe’s mission. The Partners engage in similar exchanges every year, having found that the visits provide a unique opportunity to develop a partnership based on the goal of idea-sharing, professional exchanges, technical assistance, educational development and organization support.
UgandaPalliative Care Association of UgandaIndianaCenter For Hospice Care
The Center for Hospice Care worked with its Partner, the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU), and the University of Notre Dame’s Film School to produce Okuyamba. This powerful film follows a palliative care nurse as she travels throughout Uganda training, supporting, and encouraging other palliative care professionals. Viewers get a glimpse into the harsh realities of living in a small, poverty-stricken East African country where many people never see a doctor. The movie is being used to raise both awareness and funds for the Center and PCAU. A Center volunteer recently spent three months working with PCAU’s National Coordinator to launch a new palliative care district in Uganda and coordinate U.S. staff donations that successfully funded for two new palliative care providers.
South AfricaGrahamstown HospiceFloridaHaven Hospice
Five ambassadors from Haven Hospice visited their Partner in South Africa. During their trip, the ambassadors participated in support groups, homecare visits, and the triennial African Palliative Care Association / Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa conference in Johannesburg. The staff found the experience to be life-changing and inspirational; they returned to the U.S. dedicated to engaging others in supporting Grahamstown Hospice’s efforts to bring compassionate care to South African patients and families.
South AfricaKhanya HospicePennsylvaniaVITAS Innovative Hospice Care Of Philadelphia
Collaborating with the Southeast Region of Hospice Volunteer Coordinators, a group of Volunteer Managers representing nearly 25 hospices, VITAS Philadelphia has held an annual raffle since 2006. There recent event collected over $2,500 in donations to benefit Khanya Hospice Association in South Africa.
South AfricaZululand HospiceNew YorkLifetime Care Hospice
Lifetime Care Hospice and Zululand Hospice have been partners since 2003 and their relationship has been strong ever since! Lifetime Care Hospice raised $14K to support their international partner by selling crafts, pictures, paintings, and fabric bought in South Africa.
In 2014, during a partner visit, a Lifetime Care staff member drove their rental vehicle to transport a Zululand Hospice nurse and a care worker 150 kilometers to give IM Kanamycin to HIV positive patients who had multi-drug resistant TB. At the end the international partner provided a traditional Zulu lunch for the Lifetime Care team!
In May 2014, 13 Lifetime Care staff members worked at a South African orphanage transforming an unused chicken house into a central kitchen, dining and homework area! When the team returned to the United States they were able to procure a sponsor for each of the 30 children at the orphanage. They continue to communicate with the children, and donate $10 a month to the orphanage.
This partnership has been successful and beneficial for both hospices!