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Our vision is to build a 14 bed residential hospice in the Western Province of Rwanda at Kibogora Hospital that will serve the destitute sick and dying. Watch the introductory video below and click here to learn how you can be a seed for building peace in Rwanda! Or just check out this short video here!
Palliative Care in Rwanda
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.
Street Outreach in Olympia Washington. 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.
Rose described the moment at the shelter when she gave Doug the quilt as transformative.
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."
Present to Dying ~
A community-based contemplative care training program for
Our 4 week retreat, held on four consecutive Saturdays, is conducted as a 'Council Practice,' also known as a 'Wisdom Circle.' In the council we come together as humans have since the beginning of recorded history to practice listening and speaking from the heart! To engage in intentional contemplation of those things that matter to us most.
'Present to Dying' is offered once annually. We were delayed in 2022 due to COVID resurgence; however, we are now ready to proceed and are actively scheduling participants for this spring's retreat. Of note, we hold the retreated to coincide with the commemoration of the annual genocide remembrance in Rwanda known as Kwibuka.
The intention of this program is to improve our individual and collective capacity to be present to the people in our lives facing death ~ including ourselves.
During our time together we will engage in direct practices intended to deepen our awareness of loss, interconnectedness, and our inherent basic goodness.
At the conclusion of the program, you will be empowered to serve as compassionate companions, intimate with death, resources to yourselves, and resources to one another.
This program will also be a useful preparation should you ever choose to volunteer with us in Rwanda.