The Elderly Care Project was established in Ei Tu Hta (IDP) camp in April 2007. This project has grown from supporting an initial 26 elderly people in the camp, to over 170 today.
In other camps, KWO staff and members continue to offer moral support and encouragement to the elderly. Funded Elderly Care Projects are run in those camps by other NGOs.
Bi-monthly gatherings and care package distribution:
KWO provided nutritional food and hygiene packs for elderly people over the age of 70 years who do not have relatives or whose families cannot afford to provide for their basic needs. Packages included food (milk, sugar, biscuits, Milo) and hygiene products (soap, laundry powder).
The packs were distributed every two months at gatherings organised by KWO. Each event is attended by between 70 and 80 elderly people. Those who cannot attend (because they are unable to move far from home) have packs brought to them by family members or KWO staff in the camp.
The gatherings are also an opportunity for group discussion and sharing.