Asefie Florestal is an 80 year old widow. She had nine children, of whom only one son and one daughter are still living.
In her younger days, Asefie worked hard to help support her family by working as a gardener and selling produce on the street. Advanced in age, she is no longer able to work. With no pension and no other source of income, Asefie struggles to survive. Although she has physical ailments, she does not have the financial means to pursue medical care. Despite the fact that she has so little, Asefie is grateful for what she does have. Easy to please, she welcomes whatever food is available without complaint. Sponsorship for Asefie will assist in the provision of food, medical attention, and many daily items of basic need. More importantly, she will know someone cares about her.
With a population of 10.7 million, nearly 60% of Haitians live in poverty, and an additional 25% live in extreme poverty. Many Haitians live in one-room houses with outhouses and no running water. Exacerbated by a series of natural disasters over the past two decades, including storms, flooding, landslides, drought, and the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, day-to-day survival is difficult for a staggering number of Haitians. With an approximate 50% unemployment rate in urban areas, the elderly are the last considered for a job, leaving far too many with no income and no pension.
OUR PARTNER CARING ORGANIZATION – Comité de bienfaisance de Dilaire, Haiti
Inflation in the countries where we work and the eroding purchasing power of sponsorship dollars make it hard to deliver a consistent level of assistance to grandparents around the world. An increase of a few dollars in your monthly contribution will help us keep benefits strong for all our seniors in the sponsorship program, including your sponsored grandparent, regardless of variations in local economies. With your support, sponsored Grandparents in HelpAge Canada programs can meet their daily needs and live secure healthy lives with dignity.