The last 5 months have seen movement and changes within Rachel House. We have collected many committed and wonderful volunteers along the way and gained momentum in raising community awareness. At the same time, we have had to learn several harsh lessons which I hope have made us stronger and a great deal more realistic.
On-line donation – Sponsored by American Express
Rachel House’s friends and supporters can now donate on-line with American Express. A wonderful facility offered to us at no charge by American Express! download form
60-bed pediatric hospice in Cibubur – progress update
With the help and guidance of Dover Park Hospice (Singapore) and Mercy Centre (Bangkok), our architects are finalizing the 4th draft architectural drawings for the 60-bed pediatric hospice in Cibubur, the first of its kind in the region!
Ong Santosa and Winnie Alamsjah, the incredibly generous and highly talented architects who have agreed to take on the project as a gift to Rachel House, have been working with our Construction Committee since June on the architectural plans for the first stand-alone hospice in Indonesia. We are hoping to break ground and begin construction as soon as the all the licenses and documents are in order.
Pilot Project – issue of location
We have been on the search for a small property to rent for our pilot project, but major obstacles remain.
The main obstacles we have encountered are:
- 1. Owners’ reluctance to rent the property to us once they discovered RH’s activities
- 2. Neighbours’ objections, which meant that “ijin lingkungan” (approval of the community”) is
- not possible to be obtained for our operations
- 3. Ketua RT (community head) objections
But after all the months of hard searching and rejections encountered, we may finally be getting closer to finding a community that is more tolerant and accepting of our cause. We hope to be able to announce the good news in the coming days.
Two 14-year old boys dedicated their summer holidays in July to help build our Linux database system!
Although schools have now resumed for them, Nicholas Hanley-Steemers and Forrest York are both still fully engaged and involved in the building of our systems! Most importantly, these amazing young volunteers have the total and complete support of their parents, who are guiding them behind the scenes to ensure executions of the projects go smoothly.
Through these young and passionate volunteers, their schools and friends are also beginning to learn about Rachel House and are exploring ways to give us their assistance. The ripples of goodwill are spreading!
This is exactly what we have prayed and hoped for, that children will be inspired to help other less fortunate children through Rachel House – that we will be able to inspire in children a sense of awareness for their community.
Rachel House took part in the CHI (Children Hospice International) 18th worldwide congress in August.
CHI (Children Hospice International) 18th worldwide Congress in Singapore
We presented Rachel House to the worldwide congress of pediatric palliative care experts on 9th September. At the conference, we gathered pledges of assistance from numerous pediatric palliative care experts from around the world, ranging from Australia, South Africa, and the United States to Belarus. We will be looking at the possibility of training our senior nurses at the children’s hospice in Melbourne (the only country with pediatric hospice in the region), and arranging for pediatric HIV experts from South Africa to train our staff in Indonesia.
APHC 2007 Conference in Manila
We will be sponsoring a nurse from Carolus Hospital in Jakarta to take part in the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network in Manila in September. Bernadette Marheni (Henny) is currently working (as a volunteer) to help us with the recruitment of nurses and babysitters.
|We have begun the recruitment of nurses and babysitters! So, if you have contacts to any compassionate caregivers, please do refer them our way!
Recruitment of senior nurses is currently in progress.
The first major obstacle we have encountered is the total lack of knowledge of “palliative” care amongst the nurses in Indonesia. We are starting from the most basic step: training of our interviewers in the basic knowledge of palliative care. A long road, but step by step we are getting closer to our dream that “no child should die alone, in pain and without love”.
We are exploring babysitters training program at Carolus for the babysitters we hire. The alternative may be to hire babysitters from other cities in Indonesia – a recommendation from an orphanage we work closely with, Mekar Lestari, in BSD.
Palliative care is not currently included in the curriculum for nurses in Indonesia. This is obviously a serious problem for us. We are exploring the possibility of working with Flinders University from Australia to consider collaboration with universities in Indonesia to begin palliative care modules for nurses and caregivers.
Last year we sponsored a doctor from Indonesia to be certified by Flinders University in Palliative Care. Something we would like to continue doing to ensure the availability of palliative care resources in Indonesia.
|While we are focusing our efforts in setting up the Rachel House operations, our community of friends and supporters have rallied behind us with incredible gusto with fundraising ideas and events. We are truly grateful for this incredible generosity of spirits.In the next few months, there will be several fundraising events organized by friends and luxury brands for Rachel House. To name just a few that are “brewing” in the pot: