Windhoek – “With keys we unlock potential, we unlock and open doors for change. With these keys, we inspire hope!”
These were the words of Cancer Association of Namibia chief executive officer Rolf Hansen at the official handover of the property newly acquired by the association that will serve as an interim home for childhood cancer patients and their families receiving treatment in Windhoek.
The new property is a N$3,7 million initial investment in the fight against childhood forms of cancer and offers patient support, while the expectation is that expansions to the existing property will be needed to accommodate and support more patients in future.
“The staff of CAN are an extremely dedicated and integrated team and our patients network into our operations to ensure that success in support is achieved. It makes logical sense to have a home for children and parents of these kids fighting cancer and to have it all in close proximity ensures that we can support our brave little soldiers even better, “Hansen explained.
The new property is situated adjacent to the House Acacia Interim Home for adult cancer patients in Windhoek West – a project that has been operational since the early 80’s.
In August, the association and corporate partners Namsov Community Trust, First National Bank of Namibia and Namibia Breweries concluded the groundbreaking ceremony for the new patient accommodation’s wing at the Acacia House to be constructed in early 2017.
An urgent accommodation need for both adults and child cancer patients receiving treatment in Windhoek is experienced, and the board and management of CAN decided to address these needs accordingly. The “Children Fighting Cancer in Namibia” (CHICA Namibia) programme, is focused on the awareness, education and support of childhood forms of cancer in the country.
CAN will take the hands of other childhood cancer focused organisations, trusts and groups to ensure all patients and parents of these childhood patients will be looked after during the very trying time of cancer treatment.
“The need for temporary accommodations during medical treatment should not be an added stress factor during an already difficult time. At our House Acacia and CHICA Interim Home, we understand medical transitional housing requirements and the patient’s need to feel comfortable in a home-like setting.
“We work closely with all the local treatment hospitals and medical facilities, as well as doctors and specialists.
The Cancer Association of Namibia hopes that the complimentary services we can offer patients who need a helping hand, can lessen the burden – if only just a little bit,” said Hansen.
CAN invites Namibians to take hands and assist in setting up the property. Paint, tiling, furniture, kitchenware and linen are needed.
Renovations to the property are currently underway and all donations are welcomed.