Desperately needed aid provided to elderly and mentally impaired.
CCELA provides support to 20 elderly people living in the local community, however during Leeanne’s recent visit in November she was appalled to witness the atrocious “living” conditions of a local shelter, accommodating over 265 elderly, mentally impaired people and even children.
Leeanne and volunteer Gaile have both witnessed some very heartbreaking situations throughout the course of their involvement with Ethiopia, yet were taken aback by the dire situation, and the cramped and filthy conditions these people were forced to endure, with doors padlocked from the outside.
The shelter receives no help from the government or any other organisations. They aim to provide 2 meals a day, but only when they have enough food. The pictures really don’t even begin to reveal the full extent. Donations of desperately needed aid were delivered by Leeanne and Gaile the following day.
Thanks to people who have sent donations via GoFundMe – we will endeavour to construct a workable kitchen for the facility in the future to assist providing nutrition and improve the living conditions.
A thank you must also go to Carol from Choc-a-Lolly in St Helens, who along with her mother, donated several beautiful hand-knitted items including booties and jumpers. These were distributed by Leeanne and Gaile on their visit in November, and were very gratefully received. The items will help provide much needed warmth, especially during the chilly Ethiopian nights.