In sub-Saharan Africa alone, over 11 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDs. Around the world, 50% of AIDs orphans are cared for by their grandparents.
It's common for people to move from the countryside to the city or abroad, in order to find work - and it's not always possible to take their children along with them.This has meant that extended family and some cases grandparents alone shoulder the largest responsibility of care of the children left behind. 100 million older people live on less than 60p. In developing countries, only 1 in 4 people have access to a social pension. That means that they must work, often this means returning to farm and till land by hand or doing poorly paid and unsafe work.
Triumph Africa currently supports grandparents who are the main guardian of double parent orphans in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone by short term sponsoring of school fee and levy payments*. For the long term we assist grandparents through the application process of obtaining and securing longterm schollarships. We also provide the children enrolled onto our programmes with school supplies and basic healthcare insurance*
Across the world some people are still denied their rights, simply because of their age. This is still widespread and it leads to the discrimination, stereotyping and abuse of older people. Ageism can easily be identified in cases where older people are treated as though they have nothing left to give or contribute to their families, communities and society at large. In such cases older people are often treated as "a burden". All too often ageism can be in treating an regarding older people's needs and aspirations as threats to those of younger people. There are however numerous other ways in which older people are treated less favourabley simply because of their age, in all cases Triumph Africa stands against Ageism.
Calling for: UN Convention on the rights of older people.
Triumph Africa subsribes to the UNDP 2030 Agenda and commitment to 'Leave no one behind'.We also join in the call for a
UN Convention on the rights of older people.Please watch this video by UNDP and Help Age.
There are a range of gender-related inequalities that women accumulate throughout their lives: lower levels of education, limited access to adequate healthcare and nutrition, limited access to information and services, and lower participation in social, economic and political activities.
African women continue to face not only widespread poverty, but also heavy labour burdens from an early age as the girl child is still expected to mature and take on responsibilities sooner than her male counterparts. This gender-based discrimination leads to acute marginalisation in older age. Women and the girl child rights have become more visible in policy in recent years however older women remain largely excluded and invisible.
According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that 1 in 6 older people worldwide experiences abuse each month. It is also estimated that only 4% of elder abuse is reported.Triumph Africa works with local communities to raise awareness and with authorities in reporting cases of abuses. Elder abuse can be defined as "a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person". Elder abuse can take various forms such as financial, physical, psychological and sexual. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.
Physical: e.g. hitting, slapping, burning, pushing, false imprisonment / confinement, or giving excessive or improper medication as well as withholding treatment and medication.
Psychological/Emotional: e.g. humiliating a person. It may take verbal forms such as yelling, name-calling e.g. witch, ridiculing, constantly criticizing, accusations, blaming, or non verbal forms such as ignoring, silence, shunning or withdrawing affection.
Financial abuse: also known as financial exploitation, involving misappropriation of financial resources by family members, caregivers, or strangers, or the use of financial means to control the person or facilitate other types of abuse.
Sexual: e.g. forcing a person to take part in any sexual activity without his or her consent, including forcing them to participate in conversations of a sexual nature against their will; may also include situations where person is no longer able to give consent (dementia)
Neglect: e.g. depriving a person of proper medical treatment, food, heat, clothing or comfort or essential medication and depriving a person of needed services to force certain kinds of actions, financial and otherwise. Neglect can include leaving an at-risk (i.e. fall risk) elder person unattended. The deprivation may be intentional (active neglect) or happen out of lack of knowledge or resources (passive neglect).
Traditionaly in Zimbabwe and other african countries, it is the role of grandparents and older aunts to teach younger generations about health, hygiene and well being.
Gogo in shona directly translated is "grandmother". Hutano is to do with health and hygiene. Gogo Hutano is the title and term of endearement given to community health workers and those who champion health and hygiene.
Triumph Africa 's dedicated team of Gogo Hutanos receives on going training on Health & Hygiene, Nutrition, Dementia Awareness and Palliative Care. They attend day centre programmes and activities as well as visiting older people in their homes.
Inspired by the community of Gogo Olympians in South Africa, our team is currently building a range of sporting activities at the day centres in an effort to combat loneliness and encourage physical exercise in a fun social setting.
Our Day Centres run twice a week in most locations and we are working to extend our network which is ran through local partners including churches and
schools. They offer a range of craft activities, a light meal, training on nutrition, agribusiness, improving crop yields, needlework and sewing and carer training sessions on dementia awareness as well as palliative care.
Working together to restore dignity and hope
DMT Chivunga Award
Through our schools partnership programme in addition to dementia awareness talks, triumph holds bi-annual short story competition on the topic "My grandparent/ great aunt/great uncle". The top prize includes publication of the story in the Arise Africa Magazine. The competition encourages children to spend time with and to learn about the life journey's of their older relatives. On the other hand it also helps continue Africa's fond storytelling tradition.
We empower older people to work together to improve their income streams through providing information, training, supporting smallholder farmers, supporting entreprenuerships and community cooperative projects.
Often financial security is dependent on other factors including land use, access and ownership and accessing state pensions. We work with and for older men and women to access and secure their investments, entitlement and or property.
Our Day Centres run twice a week in most locations and we are working to extend our network which is ran through local partners including churches and schools. They offer a range of craft activities, a light meal, training on nutrition, agribusiness, improving crop yields, needlework and sewing and carer training sessions on dementia awareness as well as palliative care.