Seniors taught about human rights

2019-04-02 06:00
Amber Wilson from The Samaritan Network International gives a pedicure to Abigail Williams.

Amber Wilson from The Samaritan Network International gives a pedicure to Abigail Williams.

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Senior citizens in Factreton were treated to a morning of pampering on Wednesday 27 March.

The event was in celebration of Human Rights Day and was held at the United Mission Church. Guests were treated to a delicious breakfast, foot massages and manicures from masseuses of The Samaritan Network International, as well as motivational talks from various guests.

Rachel Brink, director of the The Samaritan Network International, a non-government organisation, taught the elderly men and women about their rights and said they always had a place to go if they need help.

“Our senior citizens are protected by the constitution that our country is governed by. They have the right to dignity, equality, adequate housing and access to basic human needs,” she said.

She said elderly people are often left frustrated by not knowing where to go for help when they need to.

“Many of them are out in a vulnerable position whereby they are being abused and neglected either at home or in society, but they should know that there are institutions like the police stations or other organisations that are there to help them.”

She said the elderly citizens are at a point in their lives where they need peace, but the reality of the matter is that there were a lot of challenges they had to face. “It is sad that some cases are not reported. That is why we need to reinforce that they know their rights.” One of the organisers, Sharon Alexander said the reason to host the event was to bring awareness to the senior citizens with regards to speak up if their rights are being violated.

“Some cases are not reported because some feel threatened and are scared to speak up about negative challenges they are faced with,” she said. “Some also do not want their perpetrators to get into trouble.”

Alexander said she was grateful for the generosity of all donations that made the event a success. A glucose testing station was also set up at the venue where citizens could test themselves. She mentioned that there was a plan to turn this into an annual event.

“But we would also want to do more frequent awareness programmes with the seniors and also plan events for the children because we saw there is a need.”

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