Asha and International Day for the Elderly
Many elderly in the slums are neglected by their families and forced to live alone without anyone to look after them. Having toiled hard for years at stretch they develop various health problems which prevent them from working anymore. Being old and thus debilitated, they are seldom able to support themselves and are left to the mercy of others and the few meager savings they may have and often find it difficult to manage even two meals a day.
Following Asha’s values of love, equality and compassion, the women’s and children’s groups in the slums work regularly to help such elderly in the community; they visit them in their houses to inquire after their health and spend some time with them, escort them to Asha’s community health centers and at times also donate provisions and food to those facing absolute lack of it. They also help and indentify the neediest people who receive blankets and gifts from Asha during Christmas. Last year, the Children’s groups in many Asha slums sold decorated oil lamps during Diwali festival with the proceeds going to provide sweets and gifts to the elderly deserted by their families.
As the world gets ready to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons on 1st October, Asha would like to appreciate the selfless efforts of these community groups who tend to the needs of those who have been neglected by their own families. At the same time, we would also ask our supporters to consider supporting our efforts in helping the elderly in the slums.
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