Activity Date: 02.10.2023
Start Time: 7:00 AM End Time: 3:00 PM
Facilitators: County Government of Kisumu, Samambo, Thomas
Number of Participants: 400
Male: 196 Female: 204
Activity Purpose/ Summary:
Celebrating the Day of the Elderly holds profound significance in our society. This observance serves as an important reminder of the immeasurable contributions, wisdom, and experience that older individuals bring to our lives and communities.
First and foremost, it recognizes the invaluable role that elderly people have played in shaping the world we live in today. Their lifetime of experiences, stories, and historical knowledge serve as a rich tapestry that informs our understanding of the past, offering valuable insights for the present and guidance for the future. By celebrating this day, we acknowledge the seniors’ unique role as living repositories of history, culture, and tradition.
Moreover, honoring the elderly reinforces the idea that aging is a natural and essential part of the human life cycle. It reminds us to show respect and empathy for those who have reached an advanced age, demonstrating our appreciation for the challenges they’ve faced and the resilience they’ve exhibited. This respect can help combat ageism, a harmful prejudice that marginalizes older individuals, and promote intergenerational understanding and cohesion.
Furthermore, this day emphasizes the importance of social inclusivity and the well-being of seniors. It’s an opportunity to recognize the issues and challenges faced by older people, such as healthcare, financial security, loneliness, and isolation. By addressing these concerns, society can work towards creating a more equitable and compassionate environment for its elderly citizens.
In celebrating the Day of the Elderly, we foster stronger connections between generations. It encourages young and old to interact, share their stories, and learn from each other. The exchange of knowledge and experiences not only enriches our collective wisdom but also nurtures bonds of love and solidarity among family members and communities.
Ultimately, celebrating the Day of the Elderly underscores the principle that every life, regardless of age, has inherent value and should be cherished. It prompts us to appreciate the elderly as a source of inspiration, guidance, and resilience. In doing so, we ensure that their legacies endure and that they continue to play an integral part in shaping our societies for generations to come.
Samambo as the Master of Ceremony: Samambo played a pivotal role in hosting and facilitating the event. As the Master of Ceremony, they were responsible for maintaining the flow of the event, introducing speakers and performers, and ensuring that the program ran smoothly. This role is crucial in keeping the audience engaged and informed about the significance of the day, the activities, and the messages being conveyed.
Big Tom’s Role: Big Tom was responsible for keeping the elderly participants engaged with energizers and games. This involvement included organizing and leading various activities and games that were both enjoyable and physically stimulating. These activities are essential to ensure the participants remain active and engaged, promoting physical well-being and social interaction among the elderly attendees.
The contributions of Samambo and Big Tom were integral to the success of the event. Samambo’s role ensured that the event was well-organized and the messages were effectively communicated, while Big Tom’s involvement added an element of fun and physical activity, which is crucial for the well-being and enjoyment of the elderly participants. Together, the Better Me team played a significant part in making the Day of the Elderly event a meaningful and engaging experience for the elderly in Kisumu.
– Successfully Hosted Day of Elderly Persons which had a larger turn out than was earlier estimated.
– Sensitized the People of Kisumu on the importance of taking care of our senior citizens through our walk within the town.
– We were able to get 10 caregivers, of children in our programs, registered into the cash transfer program.
County Government of Kisumu, Office of the Senator Kisumu County, Department of Children Services, Jijenge Youth Initiative, Acacia Premier Hotel, Other CSOs in Kisumu