Click here to view our short documentary video made by HWB volunteer Margo Hill. The video provides a nearly 11 minute snapshot of our work in Rwanda.
Since 2010, Hospice Without Borders has partnered with the Rwandan Ministry of Health as well as local and international NGOs to improve culturally appropriate access to home based hospice and palliative care clinical services, pain control (meaning oral morphine solution made by the Rwandan government), palliative care education, and bereavement support initiatives.
This is one of our board members and volunteers, Rose Flannigan, gifting a memory quilt to a shelter guest and long time friend, Doug, who had at the time of this photograph recently lost his spouse Minnie to illness.
This 'memory quilt' that Rose stitched together from Minnie's old clothes, acknowledged Doug's loss and also memorialized Minnie's death.
Rose described the moment at the shelter when she gave Doug the quilt as transformative.
Rose's beloved husband, Randy Flannigan, had also recently died and Rose said in that moment of shared loss, "Doug and I were the same...Two grieving human beings who had just lost the most important person in our lives, and that quilt bound us together."
We are now actively fundraising to build a 14 bed residential hospice adjacent to and in collaboration with the Kibogora District Hospital, and the Rwanda Biomedical Center (part of the Ministry of Health).
This hospice will preferentially serve the destitute poor and dying who either have no home or are unable to return to home.