Safe World for Women Logo

Compassion In Kenya

Compassion-CBO

Compassion CBO

Compassion CBO, was formed to eradicate poverty through education and sustainable development among women living in the slums and rural areas of Kenya and to rehabilitate orphans and vulnerable children.

Survivors In DR Congo

Bahati-with-group

COFAPRI

COFAPRI is based in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Rupublic of Congo The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.

Grassroots News

Safe World Field Partner, work directly with issues such as poverty, health-care, marginalisation, FGM, child marriage, and education.

Asha Leresh

How Asha Survived the Unnecessary Cut

Asha’s luck came when Samuel Siriria Leadismo, the Director of Pastoralist Child Foundation and his team visited her village, creating awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual reproductive health....
Handwashing

Washing Hands to Improve Health in Rural DR Congo

COFAPRI organised handwashing sessions for school children and mothers in rural villages, with the aid of educational DVDs kindly supplied by Thare Machi Education. The word has begun to spread as neighbours are now prompting each other to wash their hands.
Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces Crucial for Women's Self-Reliance in Rural DR Congo

Increased security helps women become self-reliant and less financially dependent on their husbands. This improves the situation for the whole family and also means the women are less vulnerable to abuse.
Towards womens empowerment

DR Congo: Men's Inclusion in Women's Empowerment Benefits Everyone

It remains very important within communities for men and boys to be educated regarding the rights of women and girls, including their proper, fair and respectful treatment. When the women and girls become empowered, it is the whole community that benefits.
Margaret from Kiambu Support Group

Nairobi cancer survivor has hope at last

Margaret is among many women Compassion CBO trained in 2015. She has survived breast Cancer 2 times.

New Womens Magazine for Cameroon

The first edition of the Women for a Change Magazine is now available.

News, Interviews and Blogs

Under-reported issues affecting women and children. Exclusive interviews, articles and blogs by Safe World Correspondents and Content Partners

Compensation Claims Board 2

The Need for Victim Compensation Programmes - Pakistan and Globally

Globally, victim compensation programmes play a significant role in providing assistance to the victims of violence... however, in Pakistan we are lacking any such programme. It is high time to take serious note of the issue and develop a strong referral…
Lizzy and Victoria

Peace, Dialogue & the Ripple Effect: #RISING16 Global Peace Forum

Perhaps the most inspiring session for me came towards the end of the two days and was entitled ‘Bring back our girls – the forgotten victims of conflict’... We heard the CEO of International Alert, Harriet Lamb, and Victoria Nyanjura - who was kidnapped by…
Olutosin 2

Olutosin Adebowale: To America With Love

Once upon a time in my country, Nigeria, there was a ruler who was dreaded by many... We resisted and said No to every oppressive action or word to any weak or voiceless Nigerian... This is the time to stand firm on what has held the world together - Love.
Berlyne Ngwalem Ngwentah

Berlyne Ngwentah: 'The Biggest Cheerleaders of Women are Women'

All the most prominent, biggest community and feminist movements to alleviate the sufferings of women and girls and support women’s involvement in education and leadership have been championed mostly by women...
Jen 9

Promoting Misogyny, Zenophobia, and Bullying... is.... Nasty

I cannot ever vote for anyone who promotes misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, zenophobia, homophobia... It would be a mockery of my life... dishonoring my elders who have endured the many injustices of racial animosity, my friends who've experienced the same...
Women united

Women United for a Better Community in High Andean of Peru

“Women United for a Better Community” is a new group of grassroots women in the Ayacucho Region at the South High Andean of Peru, recently created by Estrategia, a National Grassroots women's organization. The grassroots women require to be heard and get the…

hospice-handsPhoto: Hospice. - hispanicallyspeakingnews.com

Working in a Hospice

By Natalie Nolt. October 2012.

Natalie Nolt is a hospice volunteer in the USA and is passionate about reaching out to those who “seemed tossed away by their families or by society”.

“How Can you Do That?”

YEAH!!! I passed all the myriad background/screening tests I had to endure over the last week or two today.

What does that mean?

Well, starting next week, I can now go into people’s homes as part of my hospice volunteering, and not just in hospitals as I have been previously doing. The reactions to my decision to become a hospice volunteer have been surprising. The questions and comments ranged from “Why?” to “How can you do that?” to “God bless you” and “How depressing!” when I announced my plans to become a hospice volunteer four months ago.

Hopefully. when these folks have to face losing a loved one, they will be as blessed as I have been with positive experiences. Perhaps then they will understand why serving as a volunteer with a hospice speaks to me with the volume turned loud.

No Family or Loved Ones Who Care

The “patients” I am specifically assigned to have no family or loved ones who care – they are tossed aside as if they have no more value in “our” society; they are the forgotten.

I am not required to do more than a weekly visit of only 45 minutes at a time, but of course, I do more MUCH more than that: I always make sure to attend funerals – even where to have the body sent if they have no family, and their last dying wishes left only to me to fulfill, and to be there for any bereavement services needed afterwards.

These Magnificent People

What I have been doing most recently is making a record of the stories of these magnificent people. A record of a life once lived that can be retold, if only to me, for history to remember. As a historian this is so awesome to me....

Getting to know my “patients” and helping them through the toughest time of their lives is what I appreciate the most about being a hospice volunteer. I don't know of another position where you can do more for people. 

There is an understanding when you volunteer for hospice; the patients have all been told that they have six months or less to live.

Rather than continue with often-difficult or painful treatments that probably won't extend their lives, they have decided to stop trying for a cure. Instead, with the help of hospice care, they'll focus on comfort and on living whatever they have left of their lives to the fullest  – usually in their own homes.

Poverty Can Mean a Lonely Death

I haven't been assigned to any patients in their homes yet. Probably end of next week. I have been introduced to a re-opened facility (I say re-opened, because the state has closed them down three times); my first government run facility and what an eye opener! What is obvious the quality of care that ailing older adults experience –  in this case the terminally ill as well, is largely determined by their financial resources.

Money determines “how comfortably” you die?

Anyhow, it was so depressing. The moment I walked in, you could just feel the sadness. About 10 patients were in the facility’s “recreation” room. Left alone, all shoved in a corner, sitting there with blank looks on their faces.

Life's Universal Journey

I don’t think I can express in words how sad it was.

I'm going back to see my assigned patients tomorrow and I have a special treat for the whole unit: surprise them with a visit with my young daughter where she will dance and sing for all of them. My goal is to bring life to this place that seems to be a dumping ground for these beautiful people. I am so excited.

And actually, the patients I am to tend to are all women this time. I have a plan to introduce weekly activities and such to this “dark, lifeless” place. We'll see. I am hoping the staff will be open to such possibilities. I think anything to make their jobs easier may be welcomed.

And this is why I volunteer with a hospice. If I can make one moment more pleasant or if I can help bring an atmosphere of dignity to dying, then I have truly been blessed to have traveled along one of life’s universal journeys.

The thought of anyone taking their last breath alone is unfathomable; the thought that someone has a few weeks or months left here on Earth and I have had not the honor to hear their stories and feel their love is insane. To make one's passing as comfortable as possible is my duty as another human being.

“Would You Want to Die Alone?”

I often bring my daughter along with me. When I tell her some think it is not an atmosphere for a young child to be around, her response is, “Why? Am I too young to show love and compassion to someone even if they are dying?” No matter how we try to stop death from knocking at our door, we have yet to find a way to stop it…death is enviable.

What I can do is prevent someone dying alone. I have enough love in my heart to share, to make someone feel they have had it all their lifetime, even if it’s only for six months or one week.

The response I often give when asked “Why?” is, “Would you want to die alone?” The difference my daughter and I make in a life is priceless –  a difference between someone dying afraid and alone versus feeling loved and finally, at peace.

My question for those who ask now is “How could I not?”