In November 2003, Hospice of the Chesapeake began a partnership with its sister hospice in Sub-Saharan Africa, Brits Hartbeesport Hospice. In the region of Brits-Hartbeespoort Hospice, there are an estimated 4.3 million people needing AIDS home-based care and it is predicted that by the year 2010 there will be 20 million orphans. To help provide food for these families, Chesapeake Life Center and Hospice of the Chesapeake created a "Beads for Brits" fund raising project during the children's bereavement camp, Cam Nabi. The generosity and spirit of the Camp Nabi children was very contagious, as the project continues to grow at many Hospice of the Chesapeake events and gatherings.
Over $40,000 rasied through the sale of the bracelets, World AIDS Day awareness events and other initiatives.
Ongoing Needs: Food parcels for families and transport van
The money has been used to buy monthly food parcels for the neediest patients and their families since March of 2006 in Damonsville, a small village of approximately 1,000 homes with at least six people per house and 65 square feet in size. Surrounding this village is an informal settlement of 3,000 people living in shacks.
Staff driven initiative with visits to South Africa from our staff as well as hosting former Executive Director, Joan Williams during her visits in 2004 and 2006.
By purchasing a bracelet you help feed a hospice family for a week. Stop by Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake or call 888.501.7077 to learn more.