HelpAge Canada collaborates with partners to improve the lives of vulnerable older persons and their communities. We carry out our work in Canada as well as in the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia.
Our vision is a world in which all older persons lead safe, dignified, and healthy lives.
We are the only Canadian organization exclusively dedicated to helping older persons both in Canada and in the developing world. For more than 40 years, we have helped seniors overcome poverty, defend their rights, challenge discrimination, and live life as they see fit. As a founding member of HelpAge International, we are part of a global network of organizations helping thousands of people every day in more than 80 countries.
In Canada, we focus on vulnerable and isolated seniors. We sparked the creation and support the work of the Nunavut Seniors Society, the first organization representing seniors in the territory. We launched the RISE Campaign (Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere) to raise awareness of senior isolation and loneliness across the country. In the coming years, we will continue to expand our work across Canada.
Many older persons in developing countries live on less than a dollar a day. This makes it almost impossible for them to lift themselves out of poverty. In addition, seniors in these countries often do not receive pensions and are frequently overlooked by aid programs.
Our goal is to help and empower them. We provide assistance to older persons in seven countries, namely Jamaica, Haiti, Dominica, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, India, and Sri Lanka. We do this through:
- Sponsorships for grandparents, victims of sexual violence, retired advocates, and members of marginalized communities
- Income-generating activities
- Donations through our Kenyan Gift Program, which provides the necessities of life to older Kenyans in need
- Emergency relief and reconstruction work in the wake of natural disasters or conflict