Grannies our Unsung Heroes
By Venus Okello 23 July 2021
Our elders provided us with love and care, a source of wisdom and talent we boast of, our good character and positive behavior influencers and pillars of our cultures, families and communities.
We all ought to play a role in shielding these elders from calamities especially during this pandemic. Continuity of other essential services for older people is important including practicing the preventive measures to keep them safe from the sprawling infections.
They are lonely, many abandoned by relatives, very frail to take care of self including making a cup of tea, some are not even sick but only hungry and angry. The world moves on forgetting so fast that they were what we are, we are what they made us and if blessed to live long like them will be what they are.
As the Church celebrates the 1st world day of Grand Parents and the elderly, it’s time to reciprocate the love, care and energy they gave to us and society at large.
Venus Okello is a Communications Assistant at Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative (ROM). Since 2012 ROM supports over 1000 grannies as care takers of vulnerable children and young mothers in areas of primary health care, nutrition, economic empowerment, social psycho support and more.