HelpAge Canada empowers and assists older persons in Africa in a variety of ways. For instance, through our Sponsor a Grandparent program, we contribute to providing food, medicine and other basic essentials to disadvantaged and vulnerable older persons in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We give older people in Kenya the means to become self-sufficient and the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of their family and community through income generating activities.
Our work in the Democratic Republic of Congo responds to the basic needs of a marginalized ethnic minority, the Pygmies of the Twa Community, who are sometimes treated as slaves. HelpAge Canada also works to build houses for older Twas who live in huts made of branches and leaves.
Also in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that continues to be affected by armed violence, we recognize the importance of the lifetime contributions of courageous retired peace and rights activists through our sponsorship program. We also support older women who have been victims of sexual violence.
Kenya: 2.7% of the population is over 65 years old which accounts for over 1.1 million people. The life expectancy is 63 years.
Democratic Republic of Congo: 2.6% of the population is over 65 years old which accounts for over 1.8 million people. The life expectancy is 55 years.