Create a healing garden for Pallium India.
Pallium India’s grounds are undeveloped and need gardens to provide a healing and green environment for its patients, families and staff.Nelson / Tasman
Annie and Ian Wallace are volunteers from New Zealand working at Pallium India based in the state of Kerala, India. Pallium India is the hub of palliative care in India and is a charity organisation receiving minimal assistance from the government. As an organisation it is the only source of pain medication for the underprivileged in this region.
Pallium India interprets palliative care in its widest sense. It provides:
1. care and support to children and adults who are dying, plus their families,
2. medical and vocational support and training for those with paraplegia,
3. educational programmes for health professional and volunteers both locally and regionally.
The Pallium India facility has an inpatient unit with ten beds for symptom management as well as an outpatient clinic and training rooms. There is also a rehabilitation half-way home within the hospital for those with paraplegia. Here people are supported to learn new vocational skills so that they can return to work and support their families.
The hospital building is leased, for free, from the Dental College next door. The grounds currently consist of a rocky carpark and an undeveloped rear yard. We hope to develop a landscaped entrance and provide a healing garden for patients, families and staff alike.
The garden and landscaping would have multiple roles. They would provide:
1. Meaningful work for those staying at the paraplegia rehabilitation half-way home (watering and planting, weeding, etc)
2. Additional fruit and vegetables for the inpatient unit,
3. A restorative tranquil place for reflection and connection with nature, and
4. A new compost system via a bio-waste plant to recycle existing and future food waste.
Use of funds
We need to purchase pots, plants, fertilizer, tools and a bio-waste plant (worm farm) plus some shade cloth and timber.
Any surplus funds with go towards more pots and plants plus pavers and seating so that the garden a shady haven for all.
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Time flies! Annie and I have returned to Nelson, New Zealand after completing our time as volunteers from Pallium India, and doing some further travels through Cambodia and Vietnam. What an experience it all has been! While we were traveling Pallium India wrote two lovely articles on the garden and we have included one of these as a series of pictures in the gallery.
The healing garden is now established and producing fruit and vegetables for its patients and staff. Amazingly the bananas have grown from tubers in the ground to over 1.8 meters tall!!!
I have posted many more photos of the garden as it is now in the gallery and for those who are interested, if you email me at email@example.com, I can send you short videos too.
Thank you so much! It is so kind of you to support us to leave a little garden haven to be enjoyed here at Pallium India
Thanks William- it’s lovely that even as a poor student you still give to good causes. Good luck with volunteer teaching in Thailand!
We cannot thank enough. Ian in tears and overwhelmed with the support. It has been so humbling to see how patients and staff have responded to now be able to come outside and enjoy plants, butterflies and breeze. Something we do take for granted in NZ. Extra funds will mean that they can keep buying veggie plants and keep it going when we leave. Thank you. Xx
Thank you so very much. We and the staff and patients are so grateful to have support from you to help make this garden project happen. They just love being able to sit outside!
Thank you. Thank you .Thank you! Waking up jo so much support has been wonderful and means we can leave a little behind for extra plants and even to pay someone once/week to keep it lovely. Better get that birdbath made!
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This page was created on 13 Jan 2019 and closed on 13 Jul 2019.