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.
Pauline’s eyes used to stream constantly, and her vision was badly affected. Through the support of her sponsors, she was recently able to have a cataract operation. Now she can once again see to wash, cook and clean, giving her fresh independence. She is so grateful for the difference this has made to her life.
The Urafiki feeding scheme provides Pauline with regular foodstuffs, and she was delighted to be able to make herself a treat of chapatis on Christmas day, using her ration of flour. The roof of the house where she stays needs renovation, so without adequate bedding, she used to feel chilled and uncomfortable at night. The gift of a mattress and a blanket has meant that she can now keep herself warm and get a good night’s sleep.
Selina has learning difficulties, and had been left in the care of her grandmother, who in latter years developed dementia. As a result, they were both starving, and Selina would often wander off alone in search of food, which left her extremely vulnerable to abuse. As soon as Nancy and the Urafiki team became aware of this dreadful situation, they immediately brought both women onto the feeding scheme.
Later on, when Selina’s grandmother died, Nancy again stepped in, finding an older woman who was willing to care for Selina. She is now well looked after, has help with keeping herself clean and washed, enjoys regular meals, and is far happier. Through Urafiki’s intervention, her dignity has been restored, and she finds herself in a far safer situation, with people who will look out for her and make sure she will never again have to suffer as she did before.
From Reuben’s friendly manner and warm smiles, you would never guess the struggles he has faced in recent years. Without children to support him in his old age, he was living alone, sleeping on the floor of his mud hut, and often sick and malnourished. Through the efforts of the Urafiki team and its supporters, his leaking roof has now been fixed, and a bed has been made for him. Pupils from the British School in the Hague sent shirts for all the old men in the village, including Reuben. He now also has regular supplies of food through the Urafiki feeding scheme, and a warm blanket. Small changes with a big impact. By working closely with people on the ground in Yala to identify the needs of an individual like Reuben, we can provide specific, practical, and sustained help where it is most needed.
We Still Need Your Help
Rebecca is 74 years old, and has had to face many difficulties in life, which left her frustrated and increasingly dependent on alcohol to get her through the day. Through counselling, she has made steady progress, and has found the strength to conquer this problem. She currently lives with a well-wisher, as she does not have a home of her own.
Like many of the people Urafiki’s feeding scheme supports, Rebecca’s needs are relatively simple: regular, nutritious meals and appropriate medical treatment. Sponsorship could help provide these simple, yet essential, things.
Caring for small grandchildren is a daily struggle for Zuhara, especially as her weak left leg makes walking very difficult. Her husband died many years ago leaving her to shoulder this responsibility alone.
Your sponsorship of £8 a month would support Zuhara with basic food supplies and give her peace of mind.
Sponsor for just £8 a month