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The Botswana Housing Corporation recently handed over food hampers to the Holy Cross Hospice (HCH) in Newstands, Gaborone with the aim of showing support to the latter in its mandate of taking care for terminally ill patients.
The donation is in line with one of its values ‘BOTHO’ which commits the Corporation to restore dignity through the provision of affordable housing and other Corporate Social Responsible initiatives. When officiating during the event, the BHC Risk Manager, Ms. Seanokeng Hlanti noted that the mission was not just handing over the food basket to the Hospice but to show compassion to fellow members of the community who were identified through the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. “As a Corporation mandated by the Government and by extension the people of this country, to provide for the housing needs of the nation it is our duty to ensure that we lend a helping hand where possible hence our presence this morning to hand over the food parcels,” she said.
Hlanti further disclosed that as a good corporate citizen, the Corporation should and must show its human face as evidenced by numerous other initiatives they have supported in the past hence Holy Cross Hospice identified by the Internal Audit Department after approaching the Corporation to consider it for a food hamper donation. In this regard the corporation donated food hampers worth a total of P10, 000.00.
For her part the HCH coordinator, Ms. Pearl Ncube applauded the Corporation for its esteemed support from stating that its willingness to help the hospice makes a huge difference in the lives of their patients. “We would like to acknowledge the significant assistance currently provided during our care for the terminally ill patients by donating food packages and toiletry for patients at HCB,” she said.
She disclosed that the centre presently operates two palliative care programs in Gaborone; the Adult Day Care & Home Based Care Program adding that they intend to have an In- patient unit extension which will offer the full spectrum of care such as access to proper psychotherapy and bereavement counseling. “This in-patient will be the first of its kind in Botswana and it is anticipated to exemplify the standard of excellence for all future facilities,” she concluded.
The event ended with a tour around the facilities in the premises and interaction between BHC staff and the hospice patients. The handover was attended by BHC and HCH staff members and beneficiaries at the hospice.