Solace Charities aims to raise awareness and mobilize financial resources for the work carried out by Solace, a voluntary organization headquartered in Thrissur, India. Beginning 2007, Solace has been providing much needed financial, medical, moral and social support for families with kids suffering from terminal illness, with the support of benevolent individuals and corporations around the world.
Solace extends support to get the best available medical treatment for the suffering child in tandem with the medical fraternity. We provide children with life-saving medicines on a monthly basis and provide for travelling and stay to take the child to hospital for treatment. Solace organizes regular home care visits by a group of dedicated volunteers that makes them feel that they are not alone. For cancer patients, we also provide funds for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and so on.
It provides a little more space for the child to make him/her happy. It stands by the family helping them face the harsh realities, strengthening and comforting them. We provide support to the siblings of the affected child, distribute food kits, and support the family in conducting maintenance work such as repairing roofs of their homes during rains etc
Solace conducts monthly family strengthening programs to empower parents especially mothers and organize self-support groups.
Ms. Sheeba Ameer, who has been in the field of palliative care for more than seventeen years, initiated Solace in 2007. The years of her struggling for her daughter in various hospitals including the three complete years in Mumbai's Tata Hospital, which is Asia's largest cancer treatment centre made her to think of starting an organization for supporting the children suffering from long term illnesses.
There, she felt the most contrasting situation. She saw many children and their parents suffering from poverty. Many parents weren't able to afford even the food their ailing child needed. They wouldn't be sure whether their child would live or not and yet they couldn't stay by their child's side - they had to go to work so as to earn a livelihood. Such sights bothered her no end. It was from there she determined to lend some support to such children.
With her suffering daughter on one side, she used to take part in the palliative activities of the Pain and Palliative Care Society, Thrissur, Kerala. For seven years, she went there almost every day after tending to her daughter's needs. She spent time with patients of terminal illnesses and their families that helped her learn how to take complete care of a person diagnosed with cancer or any other life-threatening disease. The experience from there was the building blocks and strength in starting "Solace" with a dedicated team of trustees and volunteers. The only intention was to do something for the children who are suffering from long term life threatening illnesses. At the very beginning, a support to at least 15 children was the thought but then that number grew in hundreds and now the support spreads into more than 1300 children suffering from cancer, thalassemia, cerebral palsy, nephrotic syndrome, hemophilia, heart diseases, fits, Wilsons disease, intellectual disability, juvenile arthritis, epilepsy, hearing loss etc.
Solace Charities, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas has been actively supporting various activities of Solace Kerala since 2017. You can read more about our US chapters here. Please note that Solace Charities cannot redirect an individual donation to Solace Kerala. Such a donation will have to be made directly to Solace Kerala using acceptable payment methods. Please check http://solace.org.in/donation.aspx for details.