“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela
You may not imagine how a little bit of creativity can bring funds to a right cause.
In France and in the UK, volunteers are dedicated in running charity shops selling what people do not want any more in their home and bring over there; they also do local concerts and plays; they organize monthly group quizzes… and so much more. These activities that may appear modest are making the whole Department of International Programmes going on and further developing. There is no boundary to creativity in term of fundraising. Each country has its own traditions. Here are some common ideas to help you start, but each country has its own tradition and each and every one has his/her own talents.
- You may get sponsored by an activity
- Climbing a mountain
- Cycling a long distance
- Holding a fund raising evening in your home or local pub
- Show a film
- Bring along a famous singer or artist
- Show paintings
- Have a quiz evening
- Bring in the rich relatives and friends… do not have any? Then get onto someone who has
- In religious settings
- Collect during a service
- Sell cakes and juice at the end of the service
- And more! Organise…
- A concert
- A walk
- A fundraising dinner or party
Hold this activity regularly as much as possible so that financial support can be sustainable.
But remember! People will be supporting you as they will be aware of the crucial need in palliative care in Africa and realize the immense cause that HAU is serving. You need to diffuse the information. For this use the Palliative Care Facts from here, our Publications from here and our Pictures from here. Or contact the administrator, Programs and Donor Relations Department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local resource mobilisation
Patients at HAU make a modest contribution of UGX 10,000 (approx. $3) per review towards the total care costs of UGX 86,200 ($30). Patient review is usually once a month.
Membership fee: See attached HAU membership document
Student hostels - named Kateregga and Fazal houses:
HAU generates additional income through students’ hostels at Hospice Africa Kampala. These hostels accommodate a range of customers including students, international volunteers and visitors.
Merchandising through the Charity shop:
HAU runs a charity shop to generate more income towards patient care. Items for sale in the charity shop are generously contributed by team members, friends of Hospice, visitors and corporate companies. Whatever you would like to donate will be extremely appreciated. The charity shop has items like:
- Books & magazines
- Picture frames
- African crafts
- Kitchen items
Resource mobilization by hiring out Hospice facilities
HAU hires out its facilities and service like:
- Board room
- Conference room
- Event gardens
- Event tents
- Party tables and chairs
- Ample parking space
The IHPCA continue to strengthen the resource mobilization function to ensure sustainability of education programs. Such programs included training in short courses like traditional healers and allied health professional courses. All funds generated from the above strategies are ploughed back into patient as well as subsiding the gap in administration costs. We appreciate USAID for their financial support towards improving these sustainability projects.