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.
Although Italinne Alabre is unsure of her birthdate, she believes that she is approximately 74 years old. She and her common law husband had three children, one of whom, a son, is still living. Italinne is Catholic, speaks Creole, and is illiterate.
For many years Italinne worked hard caring for her family. She also contributed financially by working as a market vendor selling charcoal and peanuts. As she aged, she developed some health problems, including visual difficulties and dizziness, and was unable to continue working.
Italinne was thankful to her son, who stepped in and looked after her so capably. Unfortunately, that arrangement ended when he was arrested and sent to prison. At that point Italinne’s niece took her to the Foyer St. Etienne, where she has been welcomed and receives such compassionate care.
Italinne has adapted well to life at the Home and thrives in the company of the other Grans. Now completely blind, Italinne does not let that dampen her spirits or interfere with hersocial life! A sociable woman, she is a born storyteller who is well loved by the other residents and staff alike.
Sponsorship for Italinne will assist in the continued provision of shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and many other basic necessities for her life at the Home. Just as importantly, it will show her that someone cares.
OUR PARTNER CARING ORGANIZATION – Foyer St. Etienne, Les Cayes, Haiti