Stephana is 77. She is now too old to scavenge and so has no means of support, other than the help she receives from Casa del Alfarero, including biweekly bags of staple food. Today, 65 'Senor Treasures' depend utterly on Casa for their needs. Often the Treasures' grandchildren are left with them, whilst both their parents scavenge. Casa's programme of help to the Senior Treasures is also caring for 120 grandchildren.
Stephana tells us: "Today, I live with by daughter and grandchildren. My other children have all moved away. We had no money, but my neighbours told me abut the help at Casa. I also go to the medical clinic with my sister and our neighbours. We always go together. When I was very sick, I went there for medicine. Now I am better".
Stephana's daughter scavenges to support her children, but there is rarely enough. Stephana's food bags help the whole family. "My grandchildren are God's blessing to me. I couldn't keep the food to myself. This food also feeds them and makes them happy."
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"The discipleship programme stregthened my life, and the prayers make me feel healed and alive," she describes.
"Thanks, Potters House... God protects you and continues blessing your work."
The Senior Treasures programme tries to ensure that the elderly in the community have enough food, hygiene articles and medical care - and opportunity to meet and make friends. Special events, organized to celebrate birthdays or festivals, are often the brightest part of their lives.
But it takes a great deal of money to care for them all and we need to find more support to continue to help this community. Just £10 will provide a meal for five Senior Treasures.
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