Psychosocial Efforts for Grandmothers

An annual Grandmothers’ Day is one of the much sought-after joy filled events for Grand Mothers in the ROM Project that restores hope, brings back many happy memories, offers company at the lone stage of life building tenacity among the extremely vulnerable elderly.
A very big percentage heading their households and burdened with taking care of their orphaned or abandoned grandchildren, with support from the Stephen Lewis Foundation ROM has continued to improve the well-being of this extremely vulnerable category both in Kampala and Kasaala in Luwero district. General Medical care, psycho-social support and economic empowerment are given for the well-being of humanity.
Nursery like music dance and drama by grandmother village groups, matching and dancing joyfully led by a band and later open dancing to randomly chosen tunes and crowning the day with a sumptuous meal, exhibiting income generating activities on which they thrive is a wonderful psychosocial support. Over 200 grandmothers attended after 2 years of missing out due to the pandemic scare.
An opportunity for sales too for the exhibitors, a number of guests support the elderly and yes, they go back home happy as many get little opportunity to meet such big market opportunities in one place.
Grandmothers still got it; the dancing strokes got all out of their seats – indeed the healing power of joy was evident.

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