by: Ida Mandinyenya
Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Social Responsibility |
Every year, MicroSourcing honors International Day of Older Persons with a visit to Kanlungan ni Maria, an aged care home for poor, abandoned, homeless, and sick older people in Antipolo, Rizal. The International Day of Older Persons takes place on October 1 and the theme this year is ‘Take a Stand against Ageism’. Ageism is the most normalized social prejudice and the goal of the outreach was to raise awareness on the negative stereotypes and misconstructions about the elderly.
In 2010, 524 million people were aged 65 or older. By 2050, the aging population is expected to increase to two billion, representing 20 percent of the world’s population. The majority of older people will be in less developed countries, with the greatest increase in Asia. For this reason, it is essential to draw our attention to the needs of the ageing population and value their contribution to society.
Kanlungan ni Maria is managed by the Diocesan Social Communications Ministry and is home to 14 lolas and nine lolos. MicroSourcing volunteers had the opportunity to interact and bond with the elderly residents over a game of Bingo last October 8. A group of volunteers was assigned to each elderly resident and would assist with the cards. There were also prizes on offer for all the winners.
The Dance and Music Club also joined MicroMissions on this social call and played different songs for the elderly. From the sing-along, it was clear that they enjoyed the performance by the Dance and Music Club and we are thankful to Stephanie Reyes for facilitating a successful collaboration with MicroMissions.
“I was part of the group that performed old songs for the elderly. I have been performing as a guitarist for the past 11 years and I must say, I have never felt such fulfillment in my performing career. It is like God gave me this talent to entertain those people who need the utmost attention and help. I would be more than happy to perform in succeeding missions.” - MicroSourcing Volunteer
MicroMissions is grateful to all MicroSourcing employees who donated various food and non-food items to Kanlungan ni Maria. The upkeep of the home is reliant on the generosity of individuals like yourselves and on behalf of Kanlungan ni Maria, we thank you for your generosity.
We are also grateful to the MicroSourcing clients who joined us on our visit to Kanlungan ni Maria. We enjoyed their company and welcome them to future outreach activities.