The Bucket Project

Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV/AIDS than any other part of the world. Nearly 23 million people are living with HIV in the region. 

In 2012 1.2 million people died from AIDS there and 1.9 million people became infected with HIV.  In addition to the HIV/AIDS crisis thousands in Sub-Saharan Africa die each year from sicknesses like cancer, tuberculosis, malaria and other life-ending diseases – often the only care they will receive is at home.

Through the BGR Bucket Project: Hospice Kit, you can be involved in meeting the critical needs of people in Sub-Saharan Africa in the last stages of terminal illness.  Items in the bucket will make the caregivers’ tasks much easier, but more importantly, will ease the suffering of the ones affected by the illness.  The BGR Hospice Kit consists of a 5-gallon bucket filled with basic medical and hygiene items.

How do these items help?

5-gallon Bucket and Lid: This 5-gallon bucket is not just a container for the kits, but will also be used for a variety of essential tasks. 

Dove Unscented Sensitive Skin Bar Soap: This mild bar soap will help a caregiver keep the patient clean without causing pain to already sensitive skin.

Carmex Lip Balm: This will help soothe the dry, chapped and cracked lips of the patient. 

Latex-Free Disposable Gloves: This box of 50 gloves will assist and protect the caregivers as they care for the needs of the patient. 

Unscented Petroleum Jelly:  Used to soothe and heal dry, cracked skin, especially on the hands and feet. 

Fingernail Clippers:   These clippers assist the caregiver in trimming the fingernails and toenails in a sanitary manner.

Toothbrushes and Toothpaste:.  For someone who is not able to brush their own teeth, a toothbrush and toothpaste greatly assists their caregivers in providing proper oral hygiene. 

Unscented Body lotion:  This is an item that brings comfort to those who are hurting, and needs to be unscented so as not to irritate sensitive skin.

Thin Cotton Towel:  Used primarily to dry the patient after bathing and may need to be washed and dried several times a day.

Thin Washcloths:  Used to bathe patients and to spot clean areas with sores.  Four washcloths are needed because they will be used multiple times each day and must be washed and dried between uses.

Waterproof Multi-use Pads:  Protect sheets and sleeping mats or mattresses from becoming soiled. 

Twin Flat Sheets and Pillowcases: These flat, cotton sheets give a clean, soft layer under the body that makes the patient feel more comfortable. It also provides a barrier between the vinyl mattress protector underneath. 

Twin Vinyl Mattress Protector: This is used to protect the grass mat or mattress from being soiled due to the incontinence of many patients. 

Latex Non-disposable Gloves:  These gloves provide the caregiver a heavier pair of gloves to use for cleaning the home and washing the patient's soiled clothing and linens.

Scrub Brush:  This is for use on surfaces that are more difficult to clean as well as for scrubbing mats, mattresses, pads and linens that are soiled.  It is NOT for use on the patient.

Cotton Socks:  For many who are bed-ridden, cold feet are a constant irritation due to decreased circulation.  These socks keep cold feet warm and are greatly appreciated by the patients. 

Drinking Straws:  These bendable drinking straws assist the patient in swallowing their medicine. 

Garbage Bag:  When a kit is delivered, the bucket is often needed immediately for carrying water or for storing food.  This garbage bag allows the contents of the kit to be stored inside the bag while the bucket is in use.