Nakatindi clinic opening ceremony

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Last week Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy celebrated the handover of a new clinic which we have built in Nakatindi Village in Zambia, located close to Sussi & Chuma lodge

We have been working with Nakatindi for three years and through a combination of our own donations and the generous support of guests, have supported a number of projects including a classroom block in the local school, a nutritional programme for children and adult skills training.

Before the new clinic was built, villagers had to travel 4 km to reach their nearest clinic which is shared by other communities. Now, they will have immediate access to healthcare, including HIV testing and a maternity clinic. The clinic will host a full time nurse with support from a midwife and doctor.

Clinic

The handover ceremony to the community and local council took place last Sunday (5th December), and the clinic will shortly be fully operational once medical supplies are received. The clinic will be staffed by the Department of Community Development and Mother and Child Health.

Our Guest of Honour was a representative of the Mayor- Mr. Maambo, the Area Counsellor for Nakatindi. Other dignitaries in attendance were a representative for the Town Clerk; the District Education Board Secretary- Mrs. Alice Sichela; The District Health Officer- Dr. Hara; and Sanctuary's own managing director for Southern Africa- Anton Post. We were also thankful to have in attendance Sussi and Chuma's previous General Manager, and the original driving force behind the partnership with Nakatindi, Mr. Anald Musonza. Joining Anald representing the Sanctuary team were current GM- Sam Nkhoma, Back of House Manager- Arnold Mulimba and Philanthropy Manager- Hannah Kerrigan.

Thank you to Mr Huluballa, Nakatindi's Senior Teacher, who did a fantastic job of hosting the event. The event began with a hymn and poems from the children thanking Sanctuary for all their work and generosity.

Choir

The ceremony then moved outside for our tree planting occasion. This was to represent the 11 previous indigenous trees that were planted to encourage forestry in the area and honour key individuals and donors who had committed such beneficial amounts to our projects particularly with the classroom and clinic.

Tree Planting

We then gathered under the official plaque for the clinic naming the building - the Farris-Larson Clinic, a name honouring the key donors and partners involved in the buildings creation. Our guest of honour cut the ribbon symbolising our official handover to the council and Department of Health.

Ribbon CUTTING

Thank you to everyone involved and all our guests who have donated to such a worthwhile cause. We are so encouraged by what has been achieved so far and look forward to continued efforts in bringing direct and tangible economic benefits along with social benefits in public health and education through sustainable development.