Partnership with Hospice Ethiopia
Caris partnered with Hospice Ethiopia in 2007 to help raise funds and awareness for hospice care in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Since this partnership formed, the foundation has given more than $140,000 to Hospice Ethiopia, which has provided essential equipment, supplies, and additional staff.
Every day in sub-Saharan Africa, thousands of people die from a life-threatening illness, predominantly HIV/AIDS. Most live their final days and months in pain and without support from caring people.
Due to the overwhelming needs of the thousands of people affected with life-limiting disease and the very limited resources available to hospice organizations, hospice professionals have a difficult time meeting the needs of the patients served. Because of this great need, Caris Healthcare partnered with Hospice Ethiopia to help them to meet the needs of those served.
- More than 6,500 Africans die each day with HIV/AIDS
- More than 6,000 African children are orphaned each day due to the AIDS epidemic
- Last year, 52,000 African children died from HIV/AIDS
- In 2003, more than 120,000 Ethiopians died from HIV/AIDS
Hospice Ethiopia is a small, privately run organization that serves about 65 patients a day with only four paid workers and many volunteer workers. In addition to a limited number of caregivers, due to governmental restrictions, the organization is able to provide only minimal comfort medications to meet the needs of patients.
What Can We Do to Help?
Financial assistance will be of tremendous benefit!
How far will the U.S. Dollar go for Hospice Services in Ethiopia?
Caris Healthcare is accepting tax-free donations to aide Hospice Ethiopia. The Your Life, Our Mission Hospice Foundation will contribute 100% of specified donations to the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Candese Walker Memorial Fund
Candese Walker was a Caris registered nurse from 2007 until her untimely death in 2011. Prior to her death, Candese was preparing for certification as a hospice nurse (CHPN). The Foundation has provided scholarships to 74 nurses and 134 hospice aides to enable them to obtain their hospice certification. The foundation will expand on its commitment to nursing education this year by setting up a Candese Walker Scholarship that will be awarded to a deserving nursing student who aspires to become a hospice nurse.
We Honor Veterans
The Your Life, Our Mission Hospice Foundation will continue the work of We Honor Veterans. A joint program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the We Honor Veterans program helps us guide veteran patients toward a more peaceful ending. The goal is to pay tribute to our veteran patients’ service and bravery every day. All Caris locations that have been in existence for a year or more have achieved Level Four status, the highest level of achievement in the We Honor Veterans program.
To make a memorial donation to the Your Life, Our Mission Hospice Foundation and to further aid to Hospice Ethiopia, please call 1-800-HOSPICE (800-467-7423).