Our goals for Hope For Kids are officially underway!
After talking to the staff at the hospital, we learnt that all water for the children have to be purified using a specific gadget – it was easily accessible, and relatively cheap, however it posed an inconvenience as it had to be replaced each month. As a start to our main goal of allocating funds to meet the technical needs of the hospital and the kids, last visit, we provided them with a 6 month supply of water purifiers. It was an easily managed task and allowed us to move on and focus on some of our more long term goals.
Objectives/ Projects Underway
- The Fish Tank Project – Both our service and the hospital staff agree that a fish tank would give the children beautiful scenery to look at, and focus on. Additionally, ‘aquarium therapy’, as it is labelled, is helpful in reducing stress and anxiety levels, which we hope will also aid the parents of these lovely patients. Therefore, for my CAS Project, I am planning on buying and setting up a fish tank at the hospital, along with my service. At present, I have already allocated funds for it, and we are in the process of looking at potential tanks at local stores.
- Thinking About The Parents – During our monthly meeting, we talked about how we, as a service, wanted to be supportive to the whole hospital community, in a way that went beyond donations and helping with medication. As one of our supervisors, Miss Lenk, suggested, most charity organizations do not think about the parents, and how they must be coping with the suffering of their children. many of these families have to uproot their lives in rural areas of Sri Lanka, in order to come to Colombo and get treatment. In an effort to recognize and help with this, we made plans to talk with another service, Girls for Girls, in order to contact therapists, that may be able to talk to the parents and soothe their worries. as a start, we were contemplating group sessions, as that would be less intimidating.
- Looking At The Big Picture – One of our supervisors, Miss Tanuja, suggested that we visit the terminal ward at the hospital, with some of the older parents. Although our main focus is the kids, we thought it would be good idea to visit this ward once a month or so, as these parents were older and eager to talk. In fact, when our group talked to one patient, Mr. Sammy, he opened up to us about his girlfriend. In fact, he read out a poem he wrote to her, and relayed to us her responding poem! All in all, it was an interesting first visit, and we made plans to come back on a weekend, and arrange their entertainment and food for the evening.
Here’s to the next successful plan!