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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 2021, we organized long-term palliative care for

31

persons in the country

12.02.2022

The hospice in Kabuga was visited by pupils from one of the local schools. There was no shortage of people wanting to come. The sisters had to severely limit the number of visitors, because the whole school of 4000 pupils wanted to participate.

They had expected a difficult encounter with suffering people, but instead found themselves in the middle of a home far removed from stereotypes and full of life and humour.

The 85-year-old Marcel, upon seeing the students, immediately started chanting traditional songs, which the youngsters immediately responded to by starting an intergenerational song and dance show. Thérèse, who is in the terminal stage of cancer, joked that she only came to the hospice for a holiday because no hotel has such a wonderful atmosphere as here.

In addition to laughter, jokes and dancing, there was also time for frank conversation. Both sides expressed their gratitude that such a place exists.

Our patients are genuinely happy to have come to Kabuga. On their behalf we thank you very much! It is you who give them hope and strength when everything seems to lose its meaning. We are very happy that we have built a real HOME with the Sisters and the sick, in which one lives fully to the very end!

You can now give more tangible help to the patients of the only hospice in Rwanda.  All you have to do is become an assistant to Ernestina, who looks after the patients. Every little but regular contribution means that we can supply the hospice with essential medicines, equipment and pay medical staff. Join Team Ernestina TODAY and compete for a prize in the Team of Angels Challenge!

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