With people living for longer periods nowadays, it’s increasingly important that we recognise the importance of supporting the elderly within our society. There are many old age homes and ashrams which mainly help and assist these members.
One such group, International We Love U Foundation, has recently ventured into the care of the elderly. “India is a mysterious and a developing country. I have come all the way from Korea to Bangalore to help,” said 41-year-old James, the coordinator and further added, “Our motto is 'We love U with a Mother's mind.' I wanted to expose them to feelings of love and sacrifice. As a result, this time our initial step was to serve the lonely senior citizens by washing their clothes, cooking and cleaning their premises, halls and the toilets.”
Eighty volunteers of this organisation visited the 'Christu Seva Samaj' at Shivajinagar on Sunday and helped the senior citizens by cleaning, creating a homely feeling by cutting their nails and made their beds.
Anu, 65-year-old resident says, “My husband left me long back and there is no one to take care. I am alone. But today I am extremely happy because they all have served us with so much of love and affection.”
“I have been in this home for the past ten years. My wife and son live separately. They never come to see me. This is the first time we are seeing a group of volunteers helping us. We are overwhelmed and the service done cannot be measured in words,” said 75-year-old, Hemanta.
To bring awareness on the issues of the elderly, this organisation has been working to motivate the younger generation. Every participant is groomed to have a mother's attitude when working in such conditions.
For the past seven years, this organisation of 300 volunteers have also been engaged in social activities like cleaning the drainage or streets, empty sites, organising blood donation camps and creating awareness about environment.