• © Tomas Wüthrich

  • © Tomas Wüthrich

  • © Tomas Wüthrich

  • © Tomas Wüthrich

  • © Tomas Wüthrich

The childrens’s home was opened in 2007, in the same building as the Center of Hope Two was housed in back then. We couldn't build on the land, which we were supposed to receive from the municipality because of the resistance from the inhabitants. They didn't want to have any Aids infected children in their vicinity. Back then, we were only left with the option to build another floor on top of the existing hospice.

Today the children’s home is located in a detached one-family dwelling, the gardens adjoining the land on which the two centers are built. The children’s home can accommodate up to 50 children (offering 20 bunk beds and 10 beds for babies or toddlers). A large living room provides ample space for playing as well as for doing homework. Covered open air patios grant enough room for the children to play and dwell even throughout the rainy season. The lovely large garden with its many large, old, shady trees is a huge plus factor and an ideal play area.

We accommodate and care for children from early infanthood to young adulthood. The children go to school and have the opportunity to receive a vocational training or to study further. The goal is that they can provide for themselves once they have left the children’s home.

A pedagogue also belongs to the team. She helps the children with their homework. We celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter and many other occasions, creating nice memories and also always providing something to look forward to. On Wednesday afternoons volunteers come to play or do handy craft with the children and from time to time they organise excursions either to the sea, zoo or they visit a factory. We believe that despite their previous tragic experiences we enable the children to lead a happy childhood with us.

 

The hospice was opened at the beginning of 2002. At that time there was neither electricity nor water and the work had to be carried out for months with kerosene lamps. The water had to be bought outside.

Initially the center was called "Hospital for Terminal Cases". Hundreds of poor people came to die there, especially young mothers who were infected with Aids, bringing with them their infected children. Their husbands had either died previously or had left them. So the children they left behind remained in our care. To enable the mothers to die in peace and with a clear conscience we promised the mothers to look after and care for their children.

In those days Aids was a fatal disease; today it has become more a chronic illness. Patients who are diagnosed with Aids at an early stage can continue to live a near normal life with appropriate medication.

Our hospice has become a place where many can find refuge. Especially old, severely disabled people whom nobody can or wants to nurse elsewhere. We cannot accept the state of degradation these impoverished people have to suffer, so we take them in and provide refuge. Sometimes they can enjoy a further few nice years with us and then die in dignity and surrounded by love.

We also accommodate adults and children suffering of cancers in the various terminal stages. Usually they come too late, the body already being full of metastases. They could die in a public hospital, but often they cannot afford this. We try to provide a caring and dignified surrounding for their final days.

We have 20 beds in the hospice. The employees consist of nurses, cooks, nannies and guards. And daily consultations are conducted by one of our three doctors.

 

Ever since its foundation, the outpatient clinic has continuously been modified and extended by Lotti Latrous’s husband Aziz. In Grand Bassam it now consists of several consultation rooms which are grouped around a roofed internal courtyard serving as the waiting room area. The consultation rooms consist of a laboratory, an X-ray room, an ultrasonic room, two pharmacies (providing Aids drugs as well as general medication), a social office, a kitchen for the preparation of porridge for malnourished babies and toddlers as well as two rooms with three beds each for out-patient treatments. The rooms on the first floor serve as offices for accounting, human resources and patient document administration. There is also one room that serves as a meeting room for the staff.

The team consists of three doctors, two specialists for HIV-AIDS and one emergency doctor, a radiologist, two radiology technicians, three social workers, a pharmacist, two pharmacist assistants, three lab technicians, three administrative employees, six nurses and three women who take care of the infants and the feeding of severely malnourished babies.

The new ambulatory provides on average 20'000 general health consultations a year, with an upward trend. In addition an average of 5000 Aids patients are treated. All treatments and laboratory analysis required are provided free of charge.

On average we take care of 40 babies, whose mothers are infected with HIV, ensuring their nutrition by providing them with weekly rations of baby milk. Furthermore we also provide daily porridge portions for around 25 malnourished children. General weight and health controls for approximately 200 babies are also carried out every month.

There are two drivers who accompany our patients to various specialists (i.e. physiotherapy, heart specialists, oncologists, tuberculosis etc.). We also employ watchmen for both day and night shifts.

For many years now we have been receiving a ton of rice every month from a very generous donor. This rice is distributed to the poorest families. Thanks to another generous donation we can support 800 children by paying their school fees. For 400 women we pay the monthly rent for their housing. Over 500 families receive social assistance until their situation improves to a state where we then provide a micro-credit wherever possible.

Over 85 Aids infected children, who lived with us previously, have been successfully reintegrated in their families. That is with either their grandparents or aunts. These families receive monthly financial support from us.

A social worker, specially employed for this purpose, visits the children once a month and checks up on their progress at school and their Aids therapy reports.