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.
Birthday: June 5, 1943
Mrs. Virginia Charles is native to Dominica, a very tiny island in the Lesser Antilles. She currently lives in Atkinson, a small village on the east coast, which is the Atlantic side of the island. Virginia is 75 years old and has been widowed for several years. She and her husband had one daughter who continues to visit her Mum though impoverished herself, she is unable to provide for her.
Virginia is a charming woman who laughs easily and finds happiness all around her despite her humble circumstances. In fact, her laughter is described as infectious. In her younger years, Virginia helped provide for theirsmall family by gardening and fishing. She truly loves her garden and keeps it still. Like nearly all of the gardens in Dominica, Virginia’s was swept away entirely by hurricane Maria. Just over a year later now, hers is thriving again and when she feels well, it is where she can be found.
Virginia’s home was damaged as well in the hurricane. She has had a new roof put on through government aid, though many repairs are still required and items that flew out of the home need replaced. Virginia receives some help through foreign aid that continues to trickle in since Maria hit. With advancing age and declining health, she is no longer able to work. Day-to-day living is very difficult for her right now.
Having always been so active in her younger years, Virginia finds day to life a struggle. With no work Sponsorship for Virginia will assist in the provision of food, clothing, medical care and many items of basic need. Just as importantly, she will know that someone cares about her.
OUR PARTNER CARING ORGANIZATION – St. Vincent de Paul Society, Dominica