Giving Tuesday 2018
This Nov 27th is #GivingTuesday. This year we are fundraising to provide hospice care to 190 patients and 500 family members in Eastern Uganda for 2019. Facebook and PayPal are matching donations on Facebook for a total of up to $7 million dollars. In addition, your donations to SWOH could be matched! Mark your calendar and help us reach our $12,000 goal.
Hospice Care delivers holistic care for dying patients and comforts family members. Hospice Tororo.
Here’s one story about Ernest:
Prior to his illness, Ernest was a boisterous young Ugandan man with plans for better life. He was a technician working in the capital and was able to take care of his two sons one in high school and the other in middle school. He aspired for a better life for his sons than what he had when growing up and all was going according to plan until he was admitted to the hospital.
Ernest found out he was living with HIV/AIDS and Kaposi’s sarcoma of the right foot. We found him in the health clinic Mulanda subcounty, Tororo District. As things progressed, his leg became swollen and septic, discharging smelly pus and smelling profusely. Not only could he no longer work but his severe pain meant he could hardly sleep. As like many cancer patients in Uganda, he became isolated and refused to eat due to depression. He felt like his dream was lost as his health deteriorated.
Then Hospice Tororo physicians were able to assess and care for him. He received medical assistance which controlled his pain physically and psychosocial care which eased his fears and hopelessness. Soon his health improved and after a month he began to limp around the hospital sharing jokes and inspiring joy.
Now after months of the program, Ernest feels like himself. Though he still has a disease, he takes pain medication regularly, is able to treat his wounds (which consequently do not smell), and believes he can return to work early next year. Ernest says “Without hospice, I don’t where I would be.” We praise God that we can provide this work to over 190 patients in that same district.