Nakatindi clinic opening ceremony
Friday, 13 December 2013
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.
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
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.
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.
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