In 2017 the Lent Appeal will be focused on raising money to provide a car for Hospice Ethiopia to reach those in need of palliative care.
Hospice Ethiopia is the only palliative care unit in Ethiopia.
They provide free community based palliative care to terminally ill people within three districts of the capital city. With just one specially trained doctor and three nurses, they serve an estimated population of 900,000.
Through the appeal, your money will go towards providing the Hospice with an off-road rental car for two years. Roads are often rough and of poor quality, and public transport is busy and unreliable. We want to help enable care and equipment to reach those who cannot travel to the hospice.
Cars are expensive and difficult to maintain given the availability of parts. By renting the vehicle all maintenance costs are included; well advised given the quality of the roads.
In addition, the nurses are frequently carrying medicines to their patients, in particular opiate pain killers, which would make them vulnerable on public transport.
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Lent 2017 begins on Wednesday 1 March and ends on Easter Eve Saturday 15 April.