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 Sedilhomme does not know his date of birth, he believes that he is about 67 years old. He and his wife had nine children, of whom two daughters and six sons are still living. He is Catholic, speaks Creole, and is illiterate.
For many years Sedilhomme supported his family by working as a farmer. As he was tending his garden one day, he was attacked by a robber, who nearly severed his right arm. An operation successfully saved the arm but was unable to restore it to full function. Sedihomme perseveres, planting his garden in the hope of raising enough food to sustain his family. He is unable, however, to work as efficiently as previously, and he is unable to return to farming as a source of income.
A mild-mannered, respectful man, Sedilhomme also suffers from arthritis and depression. He has difficulty sleeping, which understandably has an impact on his life, as well.
HelpAge Canada has collaborated with this partner caring organization for many years, helping extremely vulnerable elderly persons who might otherwise not survive. Your valuable sponsorship will assist in the provision of food, clothing, and many other basic necessities for Sedilhomme’s care. Just as importantly, he will know that someone cares.
Nearly 60% of Haitians live in poverty, and an additional 25% live in extreme poverty. 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.
OUR PARTNER CARING ORGANIZATION – Conférence St. Vincent de Paul, Camp Perrin, Haiti