ACS is partnering with Kenyatta National Hospital on a campaign to build a Hope Lodge-type facility in Nairobi, where cancer patients are in dire need of a place to stay while in treatment. Fundraising efforts have reached a critical juncture.
A group of donors - led by Stephen Isaacs, chairman and CEO of Aduro Biotech, and the Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation, both in the San Francisco Bay Area - has recently stepped forward with a $500,000 matching gift for the Hope Hostel, which will be built, owned, and operated by Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. The Society has until December 31, 2018, to raise the funds to complete this match.
The overall Hope Hostel project budget is $2 million, which will support construction and two years of operating costs for the facility. In the U.S., a project of this magnitude could cost more than $20 million. In addition to raising funds for the project, together with our partners at Kenyatta National Hospital, ACS will provide expertise in operational standards and financial sustainability.
We need your help now!
Please spread the word about this important project to donors you think might wish to make an investment. Donations may be made at cancer.org/kenyahostel. For more information on this project and the matching gift opportunity, contact Emily Carey.
A little background
Investments in the Kenya Hope Hostel will accelerate the construction and operation of the facility, providing lodging to thousands of Kenyans who will be able to access potentially life-saving or life-extending cancer treatment. Ground breaking is currently planned for summer 2019.
In Kenya, approximately 40,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed annually, with an estimated 28,500 people dying from the disease each year. Resources for prevention and early detection are limited, and delays in diagnosis cause more than 80 percent of patients to reach advanced stages of the disease by the time they begin treatment. Because of these challenging statistics, ACS is focusing its global programmatic efforts in a select group of low-and middle-income countries around the globe, including Kenya.
Kenya has several private hospitals offering comprehensive cancer treatment for those who can afford to pay, but this is far out of reach for the vast majority of Kenyans. Their only option is the one public hospital in the country with a comprehensive cancer treatment center – Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Cancer patients travel hundreds of miles to get there, and exhaust their resources doing so. Once there, patients and caregivers find a severe lack of safe and affordable lodging. The Society commissioned a study in 2016 to identify barriers to care for cancer patients at Kenyatta National Hospital and learned that a lack of accommodation was a key factor in not accessing or continuing treatment.
The proposed three-story, 62-bed Hope Hostel would serve more than 1,000 patients annually with free overnight accommodations, as well as offering cancer information, resources, and a day respite area.
PHOTOS: Pictured in the top image is George Akoray from Kisumu, Kenya, one of many patients who has sought treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital for cancer. Because there is no hostel yet, George slept outside throughout his lengthy treatment. The smaller image shows a rendering of the proposed facility.