Mar 3, 2021

March 2021 Update - A New Year & New Beginnings

February Home Care Visit
February Home Care Visit

Dear Donors and Friends,

Thanks to you, 2021 is off to a great start! But, before I talk about our progress, I wanted to thank you for your continued support and generous donations. Remember, our accomplishments would not have been possible without your continued support and encouragement.

In February, we successfully re-launched our home care program in Kisumu West Sub-county. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to provide daycare services to our elderly neighbors. But, because of your yearend donations and support so far in 2021, our nurses have been visiting clients in their homes and evaluating their physical and mental health conditions. We plan on expanding our home care program over the next few months.

Last month, we also grew our volunteer base to include an international Advisory Board. We are excited to have a new group of diverse volunteers providing technical support to our local team in Kenya. I cannot emphasize enough the impact of your support on the lives of the elderly men and women that we serve. If you are not yet a recurring donor, I warmly invite you to consider setting up a recurring donation to AgeWatch Africa. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way in ensuring that our elderly neighbors receive quality, uninterrupted care.


On behalf of all of us at AgeWatch Africa– our incredible volunteers, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and the elderly clients that we are humbled to serve -- thank you for your generous donations and your incredible support this year.


With much gratitude,
Richard Waindi, Founder & CEO

Visiting with our Elderly Clients at Their Homes
Visiting with our Elderly Clients at Their Homes
Nov 4, 2020

Support Graceful Aging in Kisumu Kenya (45351)

Home care service session.
Home care service session.

Dear Donors and Friends,

Thank you for supporting us as we continue to serve our aging neighbors throughout Kenya. This year
has been incredibly difficult, but thanks to your support and generous donations, we have been able to
continue providing necessary services to the most vulnerable of our neighbors – the elderly.

With 2020 quickly coming to an end, we wanted to share with you some of our accomplishments over
the last few months. Remember, these accomplishments would not have been possible without your
continued support and encouragement.

  • Even with the challenges caused by COVID-19, we continued providing services to our clients that enrolled prior to the pandemic. During this time, we strengthened our relationship with their relatives.
  • This summer, our first international volunteer joined the team. She has been working hard to showcase our story across different social media channels and is now working to improve our website. Follow us on social media to learn more about these exciting changes!
  • Last month, we received the results of a research study in partnership with the Dutch Wageningen University and Research to help improve our international awareness. We are excited to share these results with you soon!

Next month on Tuesday, December 1st, we look forward to starting the holiday season by participating in
the Giving Tuesday campaign with our friends across the globe. With these donations, we hope to
purchase more masks, bottled water, and personal protective equipment to support our ongoing COVIDrelief
efforts. We also hope to support the launch of our home care services.

I cannot emphasize enough the impact of your support on the lives of the elderly men and women that
we serve. On behalf of all of us at AgeWatch Africa – our incredible volunteers, Board of Directors, and
the elderly clients that we are humbled to serve -- thank you for your generous donations and your
incredible support this year.

With much gratitude,
Richard Waindi, CEO & Founder

Home care service session.
Home care service session.

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Jul 8, 2020

Support Graceful Aging in Kisumu Kenya (45351)

Kisumu West Sub-County has five administrative wards namely: Central, North, Northwest, West, and Southwest. Each ward has two locations also called Community Health Units (CHU). The project began in Korando Location (CHU) with a select group of 14 men and 10 women, all (24) aged between 70 and 90 years old. This had initially been enrolled for daycare service at the Agewatch Kisumu center starting March 16, 2020, but this was interrupted by the advent of coronavirus in Kenya in mid-March 2020. 

In compliance with the local controls to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, the project team opted to focus on domiciliary (home) care in place of the daycare service. To achieve effective and meaningful domiciliary care service, the caregivers had to first pay attention to the most immediate concern, i.e. managing the COVID-19 pandemic. The project team, therefore, decided to carry out a COVID-19 campaign to sensitize the project beneficiaries on how to keep safe from the virus. Thankfully we received a $1,000 micro-grant in May to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This amount along with the March Accelerator fundraising proceeds of $956 facilitated the campaign successfully despite initial challenges to do with movement restrictions whereby part of the project team was caught up in the Nairobi City partial lockdown that extended from April till July. By the end of April, the project preparations began with the Nairobi and Kisumu groups working remotely to ensure that all the project materials were delivered to Kisumu center by the end of May.

In early June, the Ministry of Health (MOH) visited our Kisumu center to inspect all the campaign materials (water dispensers for running water, dispenser stands, soap, face masks, and flyers with details on what to do to protect oneself against contacting coronavirus). Following MOH approval of the PPEs, the project team in Kisumu embarked on the campaign. During the campaign some beneficiary challenges were revealed, key among them being a severe shortage and/or lack of basic daily needs, primarily food. In some households, the elderly had gone without food for as long as four days. Most of them attributed this situation to the reduced and/or lost earnings of their guardians (sons, daughters, and close family members) most of whom had lost jobs and/or been put on reduced earnings by their employers as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. In one such instance, an old man who has his wife and children living in the US reported that he had not received his monthly stipend from his diaspora family for three months, consequently, he had completely run out of his provisions. In another case, a 74-year-old woman with an ailing husband had struggled to improvise a water dispenser in front of her old hut. When our team visited them with our modern water dispenser both were gratefully delighted but hoped that our team had brought along something to eat as they had not eaten for some days.

Our strategy is to continue with the COVID-19 campaign in all the remaining nine CHUs (locations) in Kisumu West Sub-County as our pilot sub-county. Concurrently, we plan to expand the project team to include a follow-up group of caregivers to revisit each client already contacted during the COVID-19 campaign. The goal is to maintain a consistent beneficiary contact with possible enrolment in the Agewatch service delivery program post- COVID. This dual approach (ongoing COVID-19 campaign and client revisits) will require expanded resources for more PPEs and additionally trained caregivers. The just-concluded COVID-19 campaign has already elicited a vital awareness about the Agewatch service delivery model in the community. Ultimately this will be a major project milestone that could result in expanded clientele base post-COVID.

Summary of project deliverables as of June 30, 2020:

1. BRAND AND DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGY – a consultant engaged in April delivered this new policy in May. Currently, under implementation, this has increased Agewatch online presence and should translate into increased fundraising efforts in due course.

2. SUCCESSFUL COVID-19 CAMPAIGN IN KORANDO LOCATION (CHU) - a total of 24 beneficiaries each received a branded water dispenser complete with a stand, bar soaps, face masks, and a flyer with COVID-19 protective guidelines translated in the local Luo language, understandable by all stakeholders.

3. VITAL AGEWATCH AWARENESS IN THE COMMUNITY - the project has started to create a meaningful impact in the community both on the beneficiaries and the local governmental authorities. During the entire COVID-19 campaign, the Agewatch team was accompanied by the local Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW) and the Community Health Volunteer (CHV), both of whom are government officers. This will create an early buy-in for the project at the national level. 

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