The City of Kisumu is home to over 20,000 elderly persons but only just about 8,000 are receiving Regular Cash under the OPCT from Kenya Government. The deteriorating socio-cultural safety-net and economic conditions in the Kisumu City slums has left many elderly without traditional family support. We seek to bring dignity and respect to the elderly people in the City of Kisumu through empowering them, their families and the community at large to adapt to changes arising from old age.
In 2009, the Kenyan government introduced a national policy on older persons to make their life easier. However, the implementation of this policy has lacked a strong political will. The City of Kisumu is among the fastest growing urban area in Africa and it is home to over 20,000 persons elderly people many of whom have been cast off into slums and live out their remaining years in poverty without the traditional family support. Many have become a victims of theft, rape, abuse, murder etc
Prepare the elderly to adapt to changes arising from old age and the address the crucial problems associated with old age such as a sense of powerlessness, helplessness, low self-esteem and low self-efficacy. We also aim to promote a community work approach to transform old people from passive into active and empowered individuals with a positive self-image in response to the social and political changes in contemporary society
To effectively strengthen connection and contact points between the elderly people with the urban community by eliminating elderly people's negative self-image while enhancing the protection human rights of the elderly and increasing their capacity to influence policy-making in the City of Kisumu. We must view the older people as reserve of highly valuable treasures. Old is Gold