More than 90% of senior citizens in townships live on Government old age grants.
They are increasingly becoming sole breadwinners, second-generation parents and the core of the township family structure.
They are often the caregivers of their orphaned grandchildren. Many of their own children have died of, or are suffering from, HIV and AIDS. These elderly live in abject poverty and have the added pressure of being economically responsible for those in their care.
The needs of this marginalised population group are largely neglected. Ikamva Labantu understands the need of these vulnerable senior citizens for social interaction, places of safety and peer support and our Senior Clubs have become havens of light in their lives. Here they are offered care, love, food and companionship.
Ikamva Labantu assists over 540 vulnerable elderly through our 17 seniors clubs where daily programmes include social activities, health monitoring, balanced daily meals and income generating projects. In addition, we assist seniors in caring for their orphaned grandchildren.