For the period 2017 - 2019, Ladies Circle International will support the ‘Happy Hearts’ project in Botswana. The project seeks to raise funds to build an interim home. The home will accommodate children undergoing treatment at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone and their caregivers. The home intends to cater for those patients that live far from the treatment centre. Ladies Circle Botswana has partnered with the Cancer Association of Botswana; an organization dedicated to supporting and caring for the sufferers and survivors of cancer and recognizes the lack of such a facility for children in the country.
The mission of Happy Hearts is to provide temporary accommodation for childhood cancer patients and their care givers from remote areas who have to undergo cancer treatment in Gaborone.
After its completion, the plan is that home will further provide a range of services to address patients' physical, psychological, social and educational needs.
- To offer a dignified home away from home accommodation for patients during their treatment period and avoid exposure to further side effects and risks.
- To provide an alternative place that will help ease the financial and emotional problems and relieve the stress of logistics, allowing caregivers to focus on giving moral support to their children
- To provide an environment that will support and mitigate against psychosocial burdens for the patient and caregivers and equip them with better copying skills.