Supporting Older People

The Supporting Older People Scheme in Yala was set up in May 2007 and feeds 150 elderly and vulnerable people a year. There is hidden hunger in the area with many older people caring for grandchildren whose parents have died of HIV / aids. Many are on the verge of starving all year round.

Each person on the scheme receives a bag of staple food every month, which includes rice, maize, beans, sugar, salt, cooking oil as well as soap.

The individuals are also fed together at a central community location once a month where they have the opportunity to sing and celebrate with each other.

Basic medicines are also provided. If there is any money over at the end of the year Urafiki will buy each person a blanket. Houses are also repaired if they leak very badly.
Many of the old people are now discussing income generating sustainable projects and so in time hope to be self sufficient.

Every sponsor gets a picture and story of the older person they sponsor and an annual update and photo.

The scheme has been a resounding success and demand always outstrips supply and capacity so every donation makes a real difference.

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