Sonja Kill Memorial Hospice, Gokarna established in 2006 was specially designed to introduce serenity and dignity into the lives of survivors of trafficking and gender violence who were in poor health and to provide them with holistic care. It meets their basic needs, including shelter, meals, clothing, medical care, offers them companionship and affection so they can live out the rest of their lives in dignity. Residents can enjoy beautiful open grounds of almost 3690 square metres, benefit from an upgrade in the quality of care they receive because of the proximity of hospice to the excellent emergency hospital care and skilled medical professionals in Kathmandu. The hospice’s modern amenities include 24-hour medical care, a balanced diet, and anti-retroviral treatment which includes testing viral load and CD4 cells regularly.
Residents not only receive medical treatment but also participate in vocational handicraft classes like making bead necklaces and bracelets. The on-location dairy farm supplies milk products and the residents themselves grow seasonal vegetables for their own consumption. Yoga classes, meditation and birthday celebrations are regular activities, as are deciding upon the daily menu and going on trips.