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In 1986 a nurse from Sedgefield and a doctor from Knysna started working together to help those who needed care at home. There was no name, no office, no funding, no mission statement, simply two people working together to care for others. This was the start of the Knysna Sedgefield Hospice – people working together to care.
Peggy Grinaker donated a house in Hunters Home in 1990 after Hospice cared for her husband, Ola. This is still the Hospice Headquarters.
In July 2002 KSH received Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) accreditation and became an official Integrated Community-based Home Care (ICHC)2 site. Council of Health Services Accreditation of SA (COHSASA) granted full accreditation status in May 2006. Re-accreditation was achieved in August 2008 and November 2011.
In 2010 it was recognized that no palliative care services were delivered in Wilderness and it was decided that to extend the services from Sedgefield to Wilderness.
Knysna Sedgefield Hospice continues to enjoy the support of many committed volunteers and of the community of Knysna and Sedgefield and adapt to the changing needs of the community.
Mihandzu is a program set to improve the educational understanding and performance of learners from backgrounds of poverty and other social upheavals. We conduct Saturday tutorials in mathematics (grade 8 and 9) and IT (grade 10 and 11) at JB Matabane Secondary School.
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