The Village at Rockville (TVAR), A National Lutheran Community, discovered a creative way to help hospitals in Cameroon, Africa. Approximately 102 Hill-Rom hospital beds have been donated to Safe Bridge of Help (SBH), a not-for-profit that provides assistance in health care and education, to recipients in Cameroon, Africa.
The gently used beds from The Village at Rockville came as a result of the community’s on-going four-year renovation and an employee who saw a way to help meet a need. Odette Fanga is a Geriatric Nursing Assistant at TVAR and has been with the organization since 2004. She is also the wife of Samuel Fanga Ngahane, Project Director for SBH. It was Odette who cultivated a working relationship between the two non-profits and facilitated the donation of beds with help from Nick Richardson, TVAR’s Director of Building Services.
SBH President Richard G. Mbakop and Samuel Fanga Ngahane are both natives of Cameroon. On a trip last year to Cameroon, many nurses pleaded with SBH for assistance.
“We know that many people are miserable and that hospitals don’t even have the medications they need,” Richard said. “Knowing that, it would be selfish of us to keep what we have to ourselves.”
SBH currently has 11 members, all of whom donate money from their own pockets to make these donations and deliveries to the people of Cameroon possible.
For TVAR, the partnership was a natural fit and provided a way to not only enhance the lives of seniors locally, but enhance the lives of people in Cameroon.
“It is a pleasure to be able to donate gently used beds to another mission-minded organization that enhances the lives of others,” Frank McGovern, Executive Director for TVAR said. “Employees like Odette are a great asset to our organization.”
About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and extended nursing care, is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home & community based services for residents. For more info visit www.thevillageatrockville.org
About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is celebrating 121 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living community offering month-to-month rentals for seniors; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres—phase one will offer 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org