Today, older people face increasing challenges: the older they become, the more vulnerable they can be due to loss of mobility and increasing health vulnerabilities. Yet there are also faced with a new problem: migration of the workforce. As adults leave the communities to seek employment in the cities, they leave the youngest children in the villages - with little incomes, the grandparents must take care of them. This is an extra challenge for older people.
To respond to this deep social crisis, the organisation has developed a sustainable approach: helping older people to regroup into associations. The film was made to show the way to establish an older people association and shows the various benefits of doing so - enticing older people to try. Various mechanisms are in place to make this process smooth and easy. For example, experienced OPAs can be of great help to help neighbour communities to establish their own OPA.
A large range of activities can be run by such OPAs, such as rice banks, cow banks, health services, pagoda activities, income generating activities, support to small businesses and more...To better expalin each of tehse activities, Action IEC has also produced small video clips that can be shown individually to OPAs that wish to develop any of these activities.
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