SENIOR CITIZENS NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Our senior citizens form one of the most vulnerable sections of society but unfortunately, their plight is often neglected. Among 106 million elders, 53 million live in extreme poverty. Besides the financial strain on them, they are also subjected to physical as well as mental abuse. Research puts forth the fact that nearly 23% of our elders experience abuse nationally. This calls for urgent support and swift action on our part.
COVID-19 posed new challenges for our elderly. With the youth out on the streets looking for jobs, the elderly 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 senior citizens to care for had a tough time as their family expenses spiralled out of control. Elders in formal care institutions suffered as well, as their access to proper nutrition and care during those 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 during 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 elderly people in our society that have been neglected and have no source of income and nobody to rely on. Such people not only suffer from a plethora of physical ailments but also develop mental health issues due to the neglect and helplessness they experience.
We at Hamari Pahchan are taking an initiative to change society’s perspectives towards the elderly and to provide them with holistic mental and physical care.
I am Ananya, a law student working with Hamari Pahchan. I have been working for this cause relentlessly with the help of this organisation. Recently, we provided a wheelchair to an underprivileged family because they couldn’t afford it. Check out the story here :
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.
Your small contribution will make a big difference to our endless efforts towards providing senior citizens with proper nutrition and more importantly, a shoulder to lean on.
Donation to Hamari Pahchan NGO entitles you to Tax Exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. To fill out this form, click here.
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