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Adopt a Grandparent

Zohra Foundation / Adopt a Grandparent

Our Adopt A Grandparent scheme has been empowering the poor and elderly in Pakistan for over 5 years.  Increasingly in Pakistan elderly men and women are suffering from depression, financial exploitation, deprivation which is leading increasing suicide rates among the elderly in the region.

For just £25 a month you can provide free medical treatment, food and shelter to the elderly and support to their caregivers.  Give this vulnerable, forgotten community an opportunity to have live their final days with respect, dignity and honour which they deserve.

It is our responsibility to care for our elders and we must not neglect those in need.

“Zohra Foundation is my only hope.  Without them I have no one and would not be able to get the medical treatment I need to survive.”

Mrs Jan Bibi, 70 years of age

Why do the elderly need your support?

In Islam we know the importance of caring for elderly relatives.  But, for the millions of people in Pakistan who already live in extreme poverty providing all of the food, healthcare and basic costs for elderly relatives is a real struggle.  Alongside this the decreasing birth rates and increasing life expectancy in the region means millions of families are no longer able to properly provide for their relatives.  Even for elderly people who are relying on money from relatives abroad often it can be not enough for even their basic needs.

Zohra Foundation has seen that when the elderly are completely reliant on hand-outs from their relatives it makes them feel like a burden.  They are reluctant to communicate any health or emotional problems out of fear of causing issues with their family.  For example, side effects of elderly conditions like bladder control are taboo subjects and as such not dealt with properly by caregivers.  In the long-term this causes more shame and embarrassment for the elderly within their own family.

The elderly in Pakistan have been used to providing for their families.  The loss of income, status and respect as head of a household can be a huge emotional process of loneliness and economic insecurity.  In particular women, who usually live longer and have less financial means than men, face an uncertain time.  They are often left feeling isolated, rejected and even face emotional and physical abuse from their families.  Today in Pakistan a growing number of elderly men and women are suffering from depression, financial exploitation, deprivation.  In the last five years suicide rates amongst the elderly in the region has increased and thousands of women and men are facing an uncertain, lonely, frightening future.  

Meet Munawar Jan

At 15 she was married to a man more than 20 years her senior, who already had two wives and eleven children.  This was the custom in her culture, and because her husband was a wealthy man, it was considered a good match.  But her new family were unkind .

Munawar Jan was the younger third wife and was only two years older than the oldest daughter.  This meant she was beaten and severely treated by everyone including her husband.

Donation FAQs

Why should I donate to the elderly in Pakistan?

Many of the elderly in Pakistan are living a life without dignity, hope and respect. Thousands of them are forced to rely on handouts from their relatives or worse they are abandoned, neglected and even abused by those they thought they could rely on.  With barely enough for food or shelter, medical treatment is seen as an extra rather than necessity.   As a result, millions of elderly people in Pakistan are struggling to survive.  By donating just £25 a month you will be giving them the honour, dignity and respect that they deserve.  Sponsor a Grandparent today.

Can I choose who to sponsor?

Zohra Foundation focuses on providing sponsorship to those in need of the most urgent care. Throughout the year the circumstances of those who receive our support can change considerably and we have to revaluate the type and amount of support which they need.  This means that we are regularly assessing the impact of donations to ensure they are making the biggest difference possible.

How does my sponsorship benefit them?

Your regular sponsorship will mean that we can continue to provide food, shelter, and medical support to an elderly person in Pakistan.  You will be saving the life of some of the most vulnerable people in the region.

We will also be able to support their caregivers through education on their emotional, physical and psychological needs.  In the long-term it will mean that relatives are able to provide better support to the elderly in need.

How long do I have to commit to a sponsorship?

There is no minimum or maximum time that you have to commit to when you sponsor a Grandparent.  Your continuous support through a monthly sponsorship will mean that we continue to provide on-going, long-term care making a real difference to the elderly.

Can I still help if I cannot afford £25 per month?

Of course. Every amount that you can donate will go to improving the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Pakistan.  Donate now.

What is Gift Aid and how can I sign up for it?

Gift Aid is a scheme in the UK to encourage people to give to charity, and means that for every £1 you donate we can claim an additional 25p from the UK Government.

Gift Aid will not cost you or us anything.  To be eligible you simply have to pay income or capital gains tax equal to the amount of Gift Aid claimed by charities.  To let us claim Gift Aid you just need to tick the eligibility box when you make the donation or email us.

If you are no longer eligible for Gift Aid or have any further questions about the process email us.