The problems with the distribution of SASSA funds during April will be impacting on all sectors of our economy, but the people suffering the most are those who cannot look after themselves … the sick, the children and the elderly.
The Pretoria Care for the Aged care for approximately 1 750 people monthly – we feed them, clothe them and look after their critical medical needs and provide them with mental and spiritual guidance.
The hard realities of life, such as the world-wide rise in food and energy prizes, loom around every corner and behind your last cent. The number of destitute and hungry people has increased immensely over the past couple of months. As many other charities, Pretoria Care for the Aged, cannot stay ahead with supplying food and other basic necessities.
The need for shelter and care in Pretoria is massive and the continuous cut in budgets in the NGO sector it becomes difficult to care for those in need and to continue making a sustainable difference in the lives of the elderly and their communities.
Pretoria Care for the Aged offers holistic community based care and support programs. We are also aware that adequate and nutritious food, health and social care and a secure physical environment are critical to protect older people and other vulnerable people from abuse, rain, cold and starvation.
The elderly and other vulnerable people sometimes have no hope and what should be a time to enjoy the last leg of their lives becomes a daily fight for survival. Often they see suicide as the only solution. How many of these elderly and other vulnerable person will go hungry tonight? Or abused by their loved ones? How many will commit suicide tomorrow? You can make a difference!
We are in desperate need of financial assistance as well as non-perishable food such as samp, mealie meal, tinned / powered soups, tinned meats and vegetables as well as baby food and blankets.