APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
For their 2011 CGI Commitment, Care with Love will create the 'Health and Hope Oasis.' This center will house and support children with cancer and their families throughout the duration of cancer treatment, during which time most patients must live away from their homes.
In addition to providing a healthy environment to host children while they recover during and after cancer treatment, HHO will also provide specific programs targeting both the child and the family. Patient programs will be directed at the emotional wellbeing of the child, including educational programs on nutrition, hygiene, and preservation of the environment. Parental awareness programs will include education on how to prepare well-balanced, low-cost Egyptian meals, personal and environment hygiene (which reduces sources of infection), and income generating projects that will offer parents the opportunity to earn income while they are away from their homes.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
HHO is designed to host two types of children: those that need extended stay to convalesce between and after treatment, and those that will come for a short stay (1-3 days) to use the recreational facility. The facility can accommodate up to 25 families at one time, and up to 50 children for the recreational programs. The referral system is being finalized by which physicians can refer children to HHO for extended stays, as well as the TOR for receiving children for short stay. HHO will begin receiving children for extended stays by mid-October, 2011.
Construction of phase one of HHO is scheduled to be complete by September of 2011, and will include 64 housing units, two large multipurpose rooms, the educational kitchen, and the water tower (FOCC). The process of furnishing and equipping HHO is ongoing and will be completed by December of 2011 (FOOC). Hiring and training of staff started in July 2011, and will continue until December of 2011 (FOOC).
Child care programs and awareness raising programs for children and family members are designed by Care with Love, and will be implemented and modified as needed by Care with Love. Implementation will begin in October of 2011. Training of the child care givers, program officers, and facilitators for the awareness programs for children and families is done by CWL and began in July of 2011. Training will be an ongoing process. The training of a total of 5 care givers, 5 facilitators and 2 program officers for HHO will be completed by December of 2011.
HHO is currently farming 40 Fedans and owns 10 Milking Buffalos that will be increased to 30 heads as the project grows. The use of the Farm and Barn for a nominal fee (1 EGP/year) is granted at the kindness of the owners of the farm, who are partners on this commitment. The farm owners help to provide fresh and safe fruits, vegetables and dairy products for the children in recovery as well as temporary work opportunities for family members staying with the child, as needed.
HHO offers many volunteer opportunities to people who can help with the care of the recovering children, the education and awareness programs, the recreational programs, as well as work on the housing facility, the farm and gardens. HHO also offers a place for local Egyptian school children to volunteer in a safe environment where they can learn about social responsibility.
The long term remission rate for Egyptian children suffering from cancer is far lower than cure rates found in the developed world. In addition, cancer care and treatment is exclusively offered at hospitals in cities, far away from the villages and homes of many patients. In addition, cancer treatment is given in cycles, in between which children must be properly nourished in order to strengthen their immune systems to levels that can handle cancer treatment and afford recovery. Often families that take children back to their home villages never return to complete treatment either because they lack awareness about the importance of timely medications, because the child dies as a result of malnutrition or cross infection, or at times, because families cannot afford transportation costs. Health and Hope Oasis is a support center for children with cancer to overcome these stated problems and to improve the outcome of the treatment of childhood cancers.