Kaleyewa House is concerned with Nigerian elders; particularly poor widows who are likely to fall through the cracks of the care system.
The scope of activities is a far cry from the founder’s vision but it is a beginning. We are taking baby steps looking towards a complete fulfillment of her dream. An overview of our activities to date:
- Completed a preliminary needs assessment on the situation of older persons in a ward of one of the local governments to be covered by the project. This has formed the statistical base for our Nutrition Project and Distant Care Project. A general survey of the situation of older persons in Akure North Local Government area is in progress. This will enhance our database and assist in developing more programs for the needy.
- Completed a survey of retired teachers in two towns of the local government. Some of the retirees now serve as volunteers for Kaleyewa House. Some of them are also organizing their own projects like the Old Persons’ Literacy Project, Day Care for Working Women and Day Centers for the Elderly.
- Renovated a temporary office for Kaleyewa House.
- Began the process to acquire a piece of land through the Ministry of Lands and Housing in Akure, Ondo State for the permanent site for Kaleyewa House.
- Food distribution to elders in the two pilot communities – Iju and Itaogbolu – every quarter. The elders are given rice, salt and Maggi (a multi-purpose seasoning).
- Monthly medical check-up for elders in the same communities. They are give free blood pressure readings, a volunteer medical doctor listens to their complaints and dispenses basic medicine as needed.
- More complicated matters are referred to the State General Hospital or a partnering clinic which offers the elders a discount on their services.
- Rent is paid for any elder who rents accommodation.