NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. – Compassus recently sent a team of local medical volunteers, including Megan Cahill of North Hampton, to assist Living Hope, the company’s sister hospice program in South Africa. The Compassus team, which included three physicians, four registered nurses, a social worker, hospice aide and bereavement coordinator, spent a week in Cape Town educating and assisting the Living Hope staff.
“This was an absolutely life-changing experience. There are no adequate words to describe the incredible work that Living Hope is doing to empower and uplift the lives it touches through its programs,” said Megan Cahill, a social worker at Compassus – North Hampton. “It was such a gift for us to be able to learn from and share with all the people we were blessed to meet during our time in Cape Town. What they have taught me is already having a profound and positive impact on my work with Compassus here at home.”
Through a partnership started in 2011, Compassus donates monetary aid, medical supplies and healthcare expertise to support Living Hope’s healthcare and hospice services in the impoverished township communities of Cape Town, South Africa.
Living Hope, a ministry-based non-profit, offers healthcare services, counseling and education to more than 200,000 underprivileged residents in Cape Town. Living Hope’s programs focus on improving general health and hospice care, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and economic empowerment. Living Hope provides healthcare for more than 36,000 South Africans annually through in-home visits, medical clinics and a 22-bed inpatient hospice center.
Compassus supports Living Hope in three ways: funding, education and hands-on medical assistance. The company matches voluntary employee donations to the dollar every year and will also assist Living Hope with necessary medical supplies and equipment.
“As members of the hospice team, we have a calling to deliver compassionate care not only in our local communities, but also to those around the world. This partnership allows us the opportunity to do both,” said Rebecca Kix, executive director for Compassus – North Hampton. “We are proud of our team of volunteers and the work they did on this recent trip, and look forward to continuing to support the program in the future. We encourage other organizations and individuals to join in the effort.”
For more information about Compassus or its services, visit compassus.com or call (603) 964-5183.