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Anzelm, the heart and soul of our hospice, passed away…

Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the smallest countries on the African continent, and the most densely populated one. There are around 463 inhabitants per 1km2 here! Due to its natural landscape, Rwanda is sometimes referred to as a land of a thousand hills, and due to its history, also a land of a thousand problems.

Overview:
  • around 12 million inhabitants
  • in 1994, it was a place of genocide – in 100 days, about 1 million people of the Tutsi tribe were murdered, 2 million escaped from the country
  • agricultural country – farming generates about 63% of income from export (including coffee, tea, bananas)
In 2019, we organized long-term palliative care for

35

persons in the country

07.09.2017

He died as he lived. Yesterday evening he ate supper with delight and drank half a cup of tea. The nurse left for a moment to check if she gave him all his medicine. When she returned, Anselm was dead. The end came so unexpectedly that the nurse was still eager to remind him that he had laid down uncomfortably and wanted to help him get into a more comfortable position on the bed. Then it turned out that he had fallen asleep for the last time, with, of course, a smile on his face.

His whole life, Anzelm had been a teacher. Only a week ago, he received a visit from former students of his. The adult students came to thank their teacher and reminisce about school times. In Kabuga, Anzelm shared a room with Kevin, a teenager with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, whom we sent to school thanks to you. Anzelm made sure Kevin did not forget to do his homework. He also taught him English and good manners.

It seems like Anzelm felt his end was near because his smile and gratitude for staying with us in the hospice was even more pronounced yesterday. We helped this man experience a few wonderful years in our hospice and he returned the favor by teaching his last lesson – that it is always worth smiling.