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Support Needed :MID-DAY MEALS FOR WIDOW & DESTITUTE ELDERS

MID-DAY MEALS FOR WIDOW & DESTITUTE ELDERS

Status of Poor Elders in India

 

According to a 2016 government report, there were 104 million elders in India, making the country the second-largest with a population of elders globally. By 2050 the number is expected to reach 326 million.

A 2015 survey by All India Senior Citizens’ Confederation reports that 60 percent of elderly people living with their families face abuse; 66 percent are below the poverty line.

Women in India depend on their husbands for proving financial resources and social status. As a result, a large proportion of them face the risk of dependence on children, poverty, isolation, and neglect after the husband’s death. More than 20% of elder women live alone due to the death of husbands, abandonment, or children living in another city.

A shocking fact is that over 55 million elders sleep hungry every night

The growing crisis of elder’s calls for urgent intervention, but the government with its limited resources can make only meager provisions. There is an urgent need for the private sector and NGOs to help feed destitute elders. Palms Care Foundation is one of the leading Charitable Trust which has been feeding them. We need your support to extend the reach of our mid-day meals project.

The growing crisis of elder’s calls for urgent intervention, but the government with its limited resources can make only meager provisions. There is an urgent need for the private sector and NGOs to help feed destitute elders. Palms Care Foundation is one of the leading Charitable Trust which has been feeding them. We need your support to extend the reach of our mid-day meals project.

In all busy, public places like railway stations & Bus stops you will find them very old and destitute people begging or simply wandering around. Have you spared a thought as to how they survive how do they get food and shelter for the cold nights? Most of them sleep in pavements and survive on alms, neglected by their family.

If a poor and destitute old person is provided at least one wholesome meal in a day, she has a chance to face the challenges of her hard life PCF has conducted surveys around the Dhenkanal & Angul District of Odisha and identified many such elders who need help. Most are homeless, or live in huts but do have means to cook.

Under this program, with our limited resources, we provide nutritious midday meals to 30 poor old people from slums in Dhenkanal &  Angul, in the district of Odisha every day.

A word about this food bank has spread and people come to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and wedding anniversaries by sponsoring festive meals or donating warm blankets or clothes. We welcome you to share special moments with these lively grannies. You will be amazed by their courage and make new friends.

How Can You Help?

  • A Contribution of only Rs. 2750 (USD40) will provide a nutritious and hot meal to 30 Elders
  • You may choose to sponsor mid-day meals for one month or any amount you desire.
  • You can sponsor clothes, blankets, bed sheet, toiletries, sweaters, etc, for distribution
  • You can contribute to food material like rice, dal, vegetables, etc.
  • Sponsor meals to poor elderly people on behalf of someone, birthday gift, on the occasion of a wedding anniversary, the ceremony of someone.

Donation of Rs 2500 will cover the cost of one meal daily for one elder for one month.

It must be given for a minimum of 20 persons, so that it may workout

 

 

Nelson Samuels

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