A Joyous celebration organized by Ethel Foundation for the Aged
The Ethel Foundation for the Aged, led by Rev. Fr. Cornel Omondi, C.Ss.R. organized a heartwarming celebration on July 22, 2023, at Our Lady of Sorrows Kinungi Catholic Church Grounds-Nakuru diocese, to honour and cherish the invaluable contributions of grandparents and the elderly in the society. The event brought together older people, volunteers, and well-wishers to express their deep appreciation and gratitude for the wisdom and love shared by the older generation.
The day commenced with an Eucharistic celebration, presided over by the esteemed Rev. Fr. Noel Sottima, C.Ss.R, the Coordinator for Africa and Madagascar assisted by Rev. Fr. Titus Wambua, C.Ss.R., the Kenya Mission Superior and Rev Fr. Cornel Omondi, C.Ss.R., the founder and director of the Ethel foundation for the Aged among other priests who were present. In his Homily Fr. Titus thanked the elderly people for their contribution to society and for sharing wisdom with the children of this day. Reminding everyone present of the importance of respecting, cherishing and supporting the elderly members of society, he emphasized that their experiences, stories, and advice are precious gifts that enrich the lives of the younger generation.
Following the Mass, a vibrant program unfolded, showcasing the talents and skills of both the young and the elderly. Grandparents proudly and joyously took part in the delightful dance bringing lots of joy, laughter and cheer to the audience. Guest speakers applauded the noble work of the Ethel Foundation in service of the older people of our society and affirmed their commitment to supporting programs and initiatives that cater to the needs of older people.
As a part of the event, assistive devices were distributed to the elderly attendees who desperately needed them to improve mobility and independence and food supplements were provided to address the nutritional needs of the older people and promote healthy ageing. The people were happy and appreciative of the gifts offered to them.
During the event, Ethel Foundation for the Aged launched its strategic plan for the years 2024 to 2030. The plan outlined the foundation’s vision, mission, and specific objectives in their strategic focus on attaining health, care and nutrition, social protection, humanitarian response, advocacy and policy influencing for older people. The strategic plan highlighted that in collaboration with other stakeholders, by 2030, EFA envisions having reached 350,000 older people with services and information. The strategic plan symbolized a renewed commitment to the welfare of the Elderly and set a positive trajectory for the years to come.
Rev. Fr. Cornel’s celebration of Elderly Day was a profound and heartwarming event emphasizing the significance of valuing and respecting the elderly members of our society while advocating for their well-being and social protection.
Fr. Cornel Omondi Oredo C.Ss.R