Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya

Extending free care to terminally ill cancer patients and adding life to their days, not days to life. Giving care once cure is not possible.
Mar 15, 2016

Greetings from Karunashraya

In-patient care
In-patient care

Hello Donors,
 
Thank you for your continued support to this project. During this quarter your donations allowed us to meet expenses towards medicines for our patients for the quarter. Last quarter we looked after 500 patients ( December - 169 patients /January – 175 patients /February – 156 patients)

Karunashraya is proud to announce that our beloved chairman, Mr.Kishore Rao has won the 'Namma Bengaluru Award 2015' (in the Citizen of the Year category) for his outstanding dedication & continued service in improving the quality of lives of the advanced stage cancer patients through palliative care. .

This quarter we are also gearing up for the upcoming for our annual fundraising event called Rang barse (Holi celebration) and TCS World 10K Bangalore 2016. Last year the Holi event (Colourthon ) was enjoyed to the hit by everyone who joined in as they splashed and sprayed colour danced away like there was no tomorrow. The highlight of the event although was adding colour to the lives of those who needed it the most, through the ticket sales proceeds from the event. This year we are looking for more people to participate this charity event, which help us to raise funds and also help us to increase awarness about palliative care & karunashraya.TCS world 10K marathon  is a prestigious marathon which brings together people who enjoy running for a cause. Many of our volunteers will be there to participate and we look forward to seeing you there. For those who cannot participate and would like to be a part of it here is an opportunity. This event gives us the opportunity to re-energize our fund raising effort towards our "Medicines for terminally ill patients at Karunashraya" project and we invite all our volunteers, supporters, well wishers, donors and friends to reach out to your friends, family, acquaintances who would like to become part of this event and donate for this cause.


Please help us reach out to more patients who we can serve at Karunashraya; Thanks again for being a part of this initiative and we look forward to your continued support.

Dec 17, 2015

Seasons Greetings to all donors

A patient at Karunashraya
A patient at Karunashraya

The year is coming to an end and our statistics show that upto end November we have admitted 1493 patients who were critically ill with the cancer in the last stages. These patients came to us hoping for relief from pain which we were able to give them.  This also brought relief for their care-takers as their relative  was assured of care  and they could go for work and earn their much needed wages.  This year we were able to take in more patients after converting back to wards some of the rooms being used as offices.  This was possible once the new administration block was ready.

Construction of the two new wards is underway and will be functional before the end of this financial year i.e. by the end of March  2016 . We can then accomodate an additional 24 patients and we won't have to turn back patients for want of beds

The donations received from you have gone a long way to help the patients relax without worrying about their next meal, their next dose of medicines or dressings for their wounds. One such patient who was admitted was Francis, a young married man who had a wife,  two daughters and a son. . He was very particular about his looks but unfortunately he contracted mouth cancer. As the disease progressed the bad odour was unbearable and his behaviour towards his family members changed drastically.  He would snap at them all the time and they started to keep away from him until the day came when his wife left him and went away with the three children. After he was admitted to Karunashraya the counsellors spoke to him and also to his wife  convincing them to meet and to be there for each other. After a few weeks of this they agreed to meet and Francis was so happy to meet his family once again.  He had accepted his diagnosis and the prognosis and hence was able to be pleasant to his family. He passed away peacefully  a week later.

The festive season is here and we, the patients and staff at Karunashraya send the Seasons Greetings your way wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming year.

Karunashraya
Karunashraya's two new wards under construction
New Admin Block at Karunashraya
New Admin Block at Karunashraya
Jul 6, 2015

Care Unlimited

Patients Birthday being celebrated
Patients Birthday being celebrated

Karunashraya, the "Home of Compassion" that extends palliative care to end stage cancer patients has completed sixteen years of service on 1st May 2015.  It was on this day in 1999 that Karunashraya admitted its first patient. Every year on 1st May Karunashraya celebrates Memorial Day dedicated to the patients, their attenders and past patients attenders or care givers. Our well wishers and volunteers also join in.  It is an evening of entertainent with high tea and patients or attenders who wish to speak are given two minutes each to express themselves. The words spoken at  this time are very touching and one sees that it brings a tear to many an eye in the audience.

Awareness about Karunashraya's services has been spreading and now a steady stream of patients are seeking admission. Since January 2015 a total of 723 patients have been admitted. This does not include the patients being attended to by the Home Care team. To be able to take care of more patients two more wards are being built and this is expected to be competed by March 2016.

At Karunashraya the patients receive not only medical attention to take care of their physical discomforts but also sessions with counsellors to tend to their spiritual as well as mental problems. One such good case study is that of Lakshmi who was suffering with cervical cancer. She was married and had a son and two daughters of which the younger one who was a year old was given away by her husband to an orphanage and adopted by someone . Later, her husband deserted her and married again. He had two children from this second marriage. Lakshmi's son wanted to become a goldsmith and left home to be trained in this field. She was left to bring up her daughter which she found very difficult and this forced her to send her elder daughter who was just 12 years old, to her husband to be taken care of. Here she was treated as a servant , made to do all the housework and not allowed to go out of the house. When she grew older she was married off to a man from Mysore and years later she came to know that she had a  sister who was given away to an orphanage and she managed to trace her and get in touch with her.  Both sisters were very angry with the mother as she had deserted them. When Lakshmi came to know that she was terminally ill she wanted to contact her family members, reconcile with them and die peacefully. The family members on the other hand were not readily willing to come and meet her.  This is when the counsellors stepped in and with their concerted and persistant efforts the family members came together again, met Lakshmi regularly and she died peacefully as she wished to.

The wards in Karunashraya have an ambient atmosphere that helps patients to relax after admission. The nursing staff who look after the patients are taken care of by the senior staff and sisters by making sure theyhave enough entertainment to destress themselves. 

The donations received from you the donors has helped us to maintain the ambience in Karunashraya and to provide food and medicine to the increasing number of patients. On behalf of the benefiting patients and the organisation we  wish to thank all of you, the donors. Do continue to spread the word about our work amongst your friends and family members so that the donations keep coming in.

Audience on Memorial Day
Audience on Memorial Day
Patient speaking on Memorial Day
Patient speaking on Memorial Day
 
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