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Daw Mya Ichin Phone, 81, from Myanmar collects her walking stick. Taken by Hereward Holland

Thousands of charity programmes focus on children and adults – but here Age International, we support the unique needs of older women and men. From our volunteer care schemes to our businesses investments - there are so many different ways for you to help an older person today.

Why invest in people who are ageing?

Theresa Monrovia, 55, from Sierra Leone, lives with and cares for her six grandchildren after their parents died from ebola

Theresa raises 6 grandchildren

Grandmother Theresa is single-handedly raising six grandchildren in Sierra Leone, some of whom were orphaned during the Ebola crisis.

Thanks to support from donors, we were able to invest in her cassava cake business, so she can earn more money. Theresa has also joined our local club for older people - her role as Treasurer makes her feel more confident.  

Dupha, wrapped in an emergency blanket supplied to him after the Nepal earthquake in 2012

Dupha needed specialist support

Dupha struggles to see and hear. When the Nepal earthquake struck in 2012 he only survived because his daughter pulled him from his bed.

In the aftermath, we were there to make sure he had the right shelter and food. We even supported him to get a cataract operation, to restore his sight. 

May 75 from Myanmar washes her clothes

May cares for her neighbour

May is 75 but says she doesn’t feel old yet. She has volunteered to care for her house-bound neighbour Cho, who is 79 years old and an ex-schoolteacher.

We gave May specialist training and matched her up with Cho. They've become good friends to each other. 

What your donation could achieve

Daw San is a volunteer with the OPSHG and is part of the home-bound carers committee. She visits Daw Tin, 73, a few times a month to give encouragement and companionship and also to give relaxing back, neck and shoulder massages.

£4,000 could train 50 volunteer carers

Our volunteer carers provide vital support to those who need it most.

‘Without the visits from San I would be alone a lot of the week,’ says Tin, who is 73.

Hazoor lives in a small village with her family of eight near Shikarpur. For the past two years Hazoor has been suffering from Hepatitis.

£10,000 could launch 50 businesses

Our micro-finance schemes – which include financial investment & training - help older people to earn a better living and move away from unsafe work.

Hazoor, a housewife from Pakistan, set up a corner-shop aged 51.'Now I’m self-sufficient,' she says. 

Hazoor pays her loan & a small amount of interest directly to her local club for older people - so your initial investment will grow and help even more people in the local area.

An older man smiles at Nguala club for older people (taken by Simon Rawles)

£20,000 could start 20 clubs

Our clubs for older people give out micro-credit, make sure people with support needs are being cared for and build strong social networks for people who might otherwise be alone and lonely.

Clubs also facilitate health check-ups, mobile clinics and eye hospitals, and members get together to campaign on local issues that affect them. Members vote for a Leader, Treasurer and Secretary every couple of years. 

Karimjabu, aged 75, is married with two children and 9 grandchildren. He had a cataract removed eight years ago and was provided with glasses.

£50,000 could help 2,000 people see again

Our free cataract operations are helping to cure one of the world’s most common ageing eyesight problems, for some of the world’s poorest people.

‘Life would be very difficult if I had not had my cataracts removed,' says 75-year-old Karimjabu. 'I couldn’t even go to the toilet by myself if I were blind.' 

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Last updated: Aug 14 2019

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