Through the grass roots efforts of a fundraising committee comprised of Gilchrist Hospice Care staff, Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) staff, and volunteers, we have raised over $250,000 to support Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital’s Hospice and Palliative Care Program.

Fundraising has included the sales of African bead bracelets and comfort dolls, strung and knitted, respectively, by volunteers. These sales occurred at Gilchrist and GBMC, as well as at festivals and events throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan region. Other funds were raised through voluntary employee payroll deductions, events designated to help the partnership and other contributions.

This funding is closely monitored, through oversight from Global Partners in Care, formerly known as FHSSA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania's Palliative Care Program, and through monthly email communication between Gilchrist and Nkoaranga and quarterly accounting of their expenses. Our colleagues at Nkoaragna have expressed gratitude time and again for the hope Gilchrist has provided, for the kindness of our staffers and for the opportunities to learn about our clinical practices, both during Gilchrist staff’s visits to Tanzania and through their trip to the United States.


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