We are an NGO based in Teyateyaneng Berea, Lesotho. We were founded in February 2017 by a board of doctors and other local professionals whose aim was to offer free palliative care in rural areas of Lesotho. For the majority of the citizens who are suffering from life-threatening conditions, the availability of appropriate holistic palliative care services which include effective pain relief and symptom management is non-existent. Only now guidelines are being implemented by the government nationally and this is still in the very early stages.
The association is currently operating in different villages around Teyateyaneng, Berea. But our aim is to expand further into other districts. Our approach aims to provide holistic, family-centered support for these communities, as well as the palliative care given to our patients. For the patients themselves, we try to improve their quality of life, guaranteeing medical support, insuring social inclusion creating a strong network around them capable of providing essentials, as well as psychological and spiritual support. Our aim it’s to relieve pain and suffering from the patient and their families providing doctors, nurses, counselors, social workers, pastors and others to help ensure the best patient care possible. This helps to not only relieve physical suffering from the patients, but provides them with support to avoid other illnesses linked with a lack of effective palliative care, such as depression that could lead to an early death.
We are still a newborn organization and we are facing the typical restrictions of a small, self-sustained mission. In order to send out doctors, nurses, pastors and volunteers in the field, as well as giving out medical supplies and holding training meetings, we are in need of a strong economic base as well as a strong network of independent, curious, proactive and caring volunteers.
To get to us you can either fly to Maseru airport, or you can get local transportation from the border points. We can also pick you up if this is arranged in advance (petrol costs are supported by volunteers).
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Going out to the field with the local staff is definitely a fulfilling experience; volunteers are able to be in contact with patients and their families which is a great opportunity to get in contact with Basotho people and their culture.
The Basotho people are very welcoming and will share with you their food, costumes/ceremonies. They will learn with you and will enjoy teaching you about their culture.
The association and the hospital work closely together and we have a multi - disciplinary and culture team. There are many different nationalities living and working together which makes it more interesting.
If you want a real cultural exchange be ready, this is a wonderful place for it. But don’t forget real cultural exchange comes with the need of being flexible and understand and respect local culture and costumes. Don’t expect to find a holiday resort, expect to find a place where you will need to be proactive and flexible. You will be welcomed as part of a big family and expected to respect the family you join in.
Volunteers ‘tasks are various and different. We ask volunteers to be proactive during their time with us. Furthermore we are in Africa and especially for volunteers coming from developed countries, be aware that the restrictions here to do anything can be frustrating due to that volunteers are expected to be flexible and to accept cultural differences and timing.
According to volunteers' preferences, proactivity and skills the jobs can be:
- completation of psycho-social assessments
- medical knowledge and support to patients
- psychotherapists – providing training to volunteers and staff
- physiotherapists - provide care for our patients and provide training to volunteers and staff
- occupational therapists – providing training to volunteers and staff and visit patients
- create and participate in fundraising activities (very important at the moment) – be creative, bring ideas with you in how to help a newly organization to raise money and grow independently
- apply for grants
- maintenance and building jobs around the compound (compound belongs a Hospital, our partner and big donor of human and financial resources)
- housework (cleaning, washing, cooking food)
- gardening – maybe create a vegetable garden (be aware tools are reduced)
- Youth group’s creation – (children which family is supported by us or for example support the creation of a library to the community)
- provide counselling – mostly training to staff and volunteers
- driving to visit patients
- skills with computers – excel, others.
- creation of NGO procedures, guidelines, resources that make NGO work smoothly
- admin work - recording, completion of patients files, cleaning office, general admin work, etc.
- liaise with local and international organisations to get funds, materials, etc.
- update webpage and Facebook page
- proactive and creative volunteers that can support patients having quality of life with very reduce resources
- others, etc.
We are very flexible with the support you gives us, but please when you come be aware that we need people that are willing to adapt themselves, be flexible, proactive and laugh with all the things that go wrong and the ones that go right too. In the association you find a family for life, but like in all families things are not perfect all the time.
We are located in the same campus of the local private hospital. Volunteers are able to live in community with the local medical staff with which they will share free time if possible. Volunteers are provided with basic houses (rooms, including bathroom and shared kitchen and living room). Volunteers may be asked to share the bedroom with other volunteers at times.
NOTE: The association offers the possibility to use the organization car for personal use at the cost of 7$ a day (exploration of the surroundings and trips to the highlands for instance). These money will be fully donated to the NGO.
We do not have access to internet at the moment - volunteers normally use their own cell phone with local data bundles. Free wifi is accessible 6 km away (in town) from a local Hotel.
During the days off, the volunteers are encouraged to explore the magnificent land of the Kingdom in the sky, which has so much to offer. Close to the clinic there are many walk paths that will lead you to villages nearby via rural and shepherds used roads.
For longer trips and hiking routes, highlands east to Teyateyaneng are the best option; places like Semonkong, Katse Dam, Bokong Nature Reserve, Sani Pass are perfect to spend a day or two in the mountains.
The Lesotho Mountains together with the friendly Basotho people make it a memorable place to visit. A country so many times unknown by tourists that think is just another section of South Africa make it a special place with special people.
Maseru (capital city) is 40 min away with local transport. If you want to find shopping malls and lots of traffic.
If you couldn't find enough answers to your questions please feel free to contact us!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
2-3 hours day, 5 days a week