Elim Hlanganani Care for the Aged
Elim is just a small dot on the map, near Makhado in Limpopo, but it’s here that we find the Elim Hlanganani Care for the Aged, started in 1993 when a nearby hospital had to close down its frail care wards.
Deputy director Florence Khoza takes us to meet pensioner Anna Maboko (71), who is diabetic and lives alone. Her knees are painful and she cannot walk without assistance. Sarah Makamu (37), a trained caregiver, helps Anna with bathing, feeding and housework every day. “Sarah is like my daughter,” smiles Anna, who likes to keep busy by making patchwork quilts with her ladies’ sewing group.
Florence explains how the organisation has grown to extend care to vulnerable children and those with HIV/Aids. “Our elders were concerned about their grandchildren, since many of their parents had passed. So we set up a drop-in centre and now these children are looked after and given a hot nutritious meal every day. We are blessed to be so well supported by the community, from the farmers who provide food and meat to the local businessmen and retailers who donate material goods. In our community, nobody goes without care or is left alone without help.”
Since 2006, Old Mutual employees have donated R30 500 (doubled to R61 000 by the Old Mutual Foundation) to the Elim Hlanganani Care for the Aged. This funding has contributed to material assistance and the accredited training of caregivers. The Staff Payroll Giving Programme supports the ‘Adopt’ an Orphan programme (page 74) and organisations specialising in the care of abused and neglected children, the elderly, animal welfare (page 40) and HIV support.