GALLERY   -   ELDERLY

But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . Luke 14:13-14

    The Kenyan people are very family oriented. Traditionally as their parents age and are no longer able to earn money or care for themselves the sons take over this responsibility and happily so. (The daughters marry and move to their husband's land).   Today, due to HIV/AIDS, malaria and typhoid, many of the sons are deceased.  This leaves the elderly abandoned to fend for themselves and to raise their now orphaned grandchildren as well.

    We have met many elderly who are crippled up from childhood polio or from arthritis, have cataracts, live in mountain villages with just goat trails to traverse to get where they need to go. They stumble their way to the closest river each day to get their water (or a newly formed mud hole from the rains because they are closer).  They gather sticks or dung to use for cooking fuel if they are blessed enough to have food to eat.  It is not uncommon for the elderly to go without food several days a week.

    Even at 90 years old and barely able to move, they hire out to dig or weed a neighbors field so they can purchase food or be given a meal by that neighbor.  They are paid by the job, not by the hour, with the current wage equal to less than $1.00 for an eighth of an acre weeded.

    Most of these elderly do not have beds to sleep on or even a mattress, but spread a reed matt on the floor and share it with their grandchildren.  No blankets or sheets can be found.  Often their is only one wooden chair or stool to sit on and their homes are in need of repair.. They do not have shoes and their clothes are in rags.

    $30.00 a month will provide food for one person; $100.00 a month will help the entire family.

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Agneta Awiki - Nyahera Village
Agneta Awiki - Nyahera Village

Agneta, is in her upper 80's and a very joyful woman to be around. She continues to work her plot of land with the assistance of some grandchildren and her caregiver. She has a wound on one of her feet that we have been treating as needed for several years.

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Eunia Angujo 71, Kujulu 6 gkids (1)
Eunia Angujo 71, Kujulu 6 gkids (1)

Eunia is 71 years old and currently raising 6 grandchildren.

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Dorcas Abuao
Dorcas Abuao

Dorcas in 69 years old and still works in the fields weeding, hand tilling other people's land to bring food into the house to feed her 5 orphaned grandchildren.

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Agneta Awiki - Nyahera Village
Agneta Awiki - Nyahera Village

Agneta, is in her upper 80's and a very joyful woman to be around. She continues to work her plot of land with the assistance of some grandchildren and her caregiver. She has a wound on one of her feet that we have been treating as needed for several years.

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