NOBLE CAUSE ELDER CARE UPDATE – February, 2011
2010 Year-end Report for NCECS (2002 E.C.)
This report allows the reader to see that the activities have continued, but with limited resources and manpower. We believe that these activities brought great opportunities. We expect to decrease the challenge in the coming few months and will help elders in a cooperative way. The system we designed will motivate the volunteerism in the country as well as help strengthen the organization. A possible new program in the upcoming year is to include hospice in our organization. The idea of hospice care might develop over the following years because of the high rate of sickness and unmanageable death.
THIS YEAR’S MAIN ACTIVITIES:
a. World Wide Ageing Day was celebrated for the 2nd time. This was the very best progress with a decorated celebration because it brought a lot of recognition and opportunities for both the elders and the organization.
b. Guests who attended had the chance to see what NCECS is doing in the country-side.
c. Community members widened their eyes when they saw the elders and what the organization’s concept is doing there.
a. Given a very short time period to organize the campaign, NCECS met the challenge providing a great opportunity for the elders to receive eye treatment.
b. Screening of 175 elders resulted in 21 elders receiving cataract surgery; these elders can now see and continue their productive life.
c. NCECS role was to coordinate the donors and sponsors which were HelpAge International, Debreberhan Hospital and the Woreda Health Office. It was a great experience for all involved and paved the way for future cataract surgery for our needy elders.
a. Following the new Charities Law of Ethiopia, along with the new rules and regulations for NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), we registered as a local organization because 90% of the income should be produced from within the country of Ethiopia. We are no longer allowed to depend on foreign funds. This might make very slow development, so in the long run we might need to modify our registration next time, but for now it is OK since NCECS is still an organization in its infancy.
b. Re-registration was completed in October, 2010 (2002 E.C.)
c. The finance function of NCECS was exchanged when one of our Founding Members was out of the country.
d. The managing board was modified for the activities of NCECS.
RECRUITMENT of MEMBERS
Many new members were recruited in order to work. Volunteers have the choice to participate according to their talent. Our part is to motivate, give training, and pave the way to integrate the work among all members. It is important that all groups be strong and work hard.
Following are the branches:
i. Administrative Branch: has the responsibility to reorganize and modify all aspects of the administration.
ii. Health Branch: has the responsibility to facilitate all aspects of our health program such as arranging campaigns, searching and organizing hospitalization, etc. (Dr Ayele is the contact person.)
iii. Fund Raising Branch: has the responsibility to get funds to build up the financial interest. Any activity requires money.
iv. Income Generation Activities (IGA): has the responsibility to create different activities that may help motivate the elders and provide support where there was none before.
a. Student volunteers received training about elders in general and the specifics of NCECS work in the countryside. This took place at their school.
b. Community training was carried out, including selective elders.
c. The General Manager received training from international faculty regarding older people, prepared by HelpAge International.
MEETINGS in COUNTRYSIDE
a. Monthly Community Committee meetings were organized to facilitate the activities and follow up. The members are mature community leaders who speak for the elders.
b. From the local school a volunteer committee to widen the community involvement and to share activities that will hasten:
i. Fund Raising
ii. Job Creation
b. Representation to the Board is under consideration but is a challenge with the distance to travel, per diem, and lack of communication (no phone).
c. Additional volunteers being recruited into membership.
IN CONCLUSION, our plan is to continue to recruit more volunteers and to share responsibilities to enhance the good work of Noble Cause Elder Care and Support. This will help the poorest elders in a holistic way. Let us do something blessed for our poorest elders. You are welcome to provide suggestions and ask us questions.
NOBLE CAUSE ELDER CARE and SUPPORT is for all.
“With your help we can harvest a future for the elders!”
After long last, an update! Samson sends a message regarding International Elder’s Day, to be celebrated September 1! Any support will help in this effort!!
About International Elder’s Day celebration
“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work. … Each one of them is God in disguise.” Mother Theresa
As mentioned above, an International Elder’s Day is going to be celebrated on September 9/1/2011 (2001 ETC), for the 20th time in the world, the 19th in Ethiopia and the 3rd time in our NGO.
So our organization has a plan to celebrate this holiday for the 3rd time with a new program and with many participants to create multi dimensional opportunities for elders, communities, supporting members, organizations and others. This celebration will also encourage cooperative work among all concerned members!
The program will be for three days and contains:
- Home to home visits
- Donation of cloths, household materials, etc..
- Basic medical treatment
- Final celebration
The main objectives of this program are; giving treatment for bedridden elders, creating awareness, attracting attention of helpers, interaction with society, and for the discovering of the real problems and searching for their solutions! The expected participants will be different professionals, donors, supportive members and other interested participants.
We kindly request your help in any convenient way for you, for this compassionate service!
We would like to thank you in advance on behalf of the poorest elders for your helping this program!
Let God bless you all!!
At the International Older People celebration, (September 2009) Alison, the Help Age International-Ethiopia Country Director, assessed and asked questions of the elders. The elders explained that they are highly affected by eye problems and if they get treatment, they could work and help their family. Based on their need, Alison promised to help as much as possible. This is how the Eye campaign started and we thank Alison and HAI-Ethiopia.
In February 2010 plans started at this meeting came to realization. Noble Cause Elder Care and Support, in partnership with HelpAge International – Ethiopia conducted an Eye Campaign. Screening began and for two weeks many of the elders were screened for eye problems that could be solved in the city of Debra Berhan where the surgeries were done in the hospital. Some elders came to the city blind, with a leader, unable to walk alone.
By the end of the Eye Campaign, 165 elders received screening, education, and some were able to get surgery to correct cataracts and other problems. During the screening process, elders and their families were educated on eye issues, and were given referrals and medicines to treat eye problems. More serious issues like trachoma, traciasis, and others were identified for treatment, and in the end 21 elders were able to get cataract surgery and now can see well enough to care for themselves, work and care for their family members.
The campaign has created hope among the elders. Consider what kind of miracle it must be when 21 elders return home with their normal eyesight after many years of blindness! NCECS’s efforts to create awareness within the community and the national government is bolstered by this success, leading to more recognition so NCECS will be able to be more involved in other efforts to help the elders.
NCECS and the elders would like to thank:
**HelpAge International-Ethiopia (HAI-Ethiopia), who donated funds for the surgery and allowance for the professionals
**Woreda Health office facilitated.
**Debreberhan Hospital Ophthalmology Ward covered expenses like food, transport, medication, shelter and other necessary requirements until the elders finished surgery and returned back to their homes.