Acacia House was established in 1986 with 9 beds at John Meinert Street, Windhoek West. The exclusive purpose of this interim house was to accommodate out of town cancer patients (mainly from rural areas) undergoing treatment at the Dr AB May Cancer Treatment Centre.
Ten years later, a serious lack of space developed and Acacia House was extended to accommodate 21 beds. Linen and towels are provided. Today patients stay in Acacia House free of charge, allowing one companion per patient at a cost of N$50.00 per day.
Three wholesome meals are prepared daily and served to patients and companions. Patients are transported to and from hospital daily, also free of charge.
Acacia House offers sufficient space and quiet areas for privacy, reading and meditation. A pleasant lounge, with television, is available where patients can stay updated with current affairs or watch their favorite programs. Patients often stay in Windhoek for up to 6 consecutive weeks for their treatment, which is available in Windhoek only. Every effort is made to create a tranquil atmosphere which conducive to healing.
The acacia tree, due to its ability to grow a new branch if an old one was injured or removed, was chosen as a symbol indicative that there is always hope after contracting cancer.
Part of our public drive includes press conferences and project launches at Acacia House, so the public and the media can be exposed to the interim home.
The entire home is managed by a matron with two assistants. Apart from their day-to-day responsibilities, these three staff members also give emotional and moral support when and as needed.
Annual Operational Cost
The Cancer Association of Namibia cover Acacia House’s running costs by way of fundraising projects, donations and kindhearted volunteers. The annual cost over the past financial year added up to N$350 000.00. This includes groceries, cleaning materials, security services, City of Windhoek costs, staff salaries, fuel television, garden expenses and maintenance to the building.
Update – June 2018: HOME of CANCER HOPE Expands
The Cancer Association of Namibia (WO30) recently inaugurated the new “Kurt Johannesson Wing” at its House Acacia Interim Home in Windhoek.
The new wing comprises two 3-bed wards, one twin room, a male ward sleeping 6 patients, three double bathrooms and a new dining room. This investment to support patients afflicted by cancer while undergoing treatment totalled N$760 000.
The home provides free accommodation to cancer patients who travel from outside Windhoek to receive treatment in the capital. Three nutritional meals a day, as well as transportation to treatment centres are provided complimentary to Namibian cancer patients.
The house can now accommodate 35 patients per day and runs at an operational cost of approximately N$640 000 per annum.
The association thanks in particular the FNB Namibia Foundation; Namsov Fishing Enterprises Community Trust;
Namibia Breweries Limited for helping to fund this expansion project; while the open hearts of the Namibian community help fund the day-to-day operations of House Acacia.
Together we have inspired hope and activated change!
Thank you, NAMIBIA!
Photographed is the Honourable Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna, project partners, donors, House Acacia staff former long-serving CAN CEO, Mr Kurt Johannesson (front left) after whom the new wing was named.