Hamari Pahchan has come up with an initiative for our elderly; we plan to distribute comfort kits to those in need:
1 Kit for 1 elderly person = Rs.800/- for 3 months.
1 Kit for 1 person for a year = Rs. 3120/- approx.
1 Comfort Kit for the elderly includes a hot water bag, age appropriate medicines, thermometer, blankets (according to season), energy drinks like Glucon D and a mosquito repellant spray.
Our senior citizens form one of the most vulnerable sections of the society, unfortunately, their plight is often neglected. Among 106 million elders, 53 million live in extreme poverty. Not only this, besides the financial strain they are also subjected to physical as well as mental of abuse. Research puts forth the fact that nearly 23% of our elders experience abuse nationally. This calls for an urgent support and swift action on our part.
COVID-19 posed new challenges for our elderly. With youth out on streets looking for jobs they were left alone to deal with the loneliness and depression brought about by the pandemic. Along with that, those who lost their jobs and had seniors to care for had a tough time as their family expenses spiraled out of control. Elders in formal care institutions suffered as well, as their access to proper nutrition and care during these tough times was severely limited.
Last winter, we tried to help underprivileged elderly people by distributing comfort kits so that they are taken care of in winters. This year we plan to move ahead and expand our efforts to provide these people with our help all year long.
There are thousands of seniors in our society that have been neglected and have no source of income and nobody to rely on. Such seniors not only suffer from a plethora of physical ailments but also develop mental health issues due to the neglect and helplessness they experience.
I am Niyati Savant, an engineering student working as an intern with Hamari Pahchan.
We at Hamari Pahchan are taking an initiative to change society’s perspectives regarding our elders and to provide them with holistic mental and physical care.
Your small contribution will make a big difference to our endless efforts towards providing the elders with food and more importantly, a shoulder to lean on.
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