Stories from the field

Rebuilding house, rebuilding hope

Nguyen Thi Thanh is 73 years old and suffers from Neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition which causes growth of tumours. She has lived alone in a remote area of Vietnam since her husband passed away 18 years ago. Thanh has three daughters, and like so many others living in rural areas, two of her children have […] Read more

Social pension makes father of six happy

U Khin Nyein, 82, who suffers from hypertension, is a father of six children. He and his 73-year-old wife live in Chaung Dwin Village, Pyapon Township of the Ayeyarwaddy Region. They have to stay in one child’s  house, then move to another’s in the same village, so as not to burden any one for too […] Read more

Seniors fulfill their dreams while knowing their rights

In Banthi district, in the province of Lamphun in northern Thailand, a special volunteer group is promoting the rights of older people. In cooperation with the Banthi district Older People’s Association (OPA), the ‘Older People’s Rights Promotion’ volunteer team of Banthi is holding workshop style meetings in villages to educate older people about thirteen critical […] Read more

Living alone but not lonely

Than Thi Khan, 80 years old, lives alone in a remote area of Vietnam. Her husband passed away 14 years ago. She has 3 daughters, and like most people who live in a rural area, two of her children have moved to work in a big city, while the other is married and lives with […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: feeling safer and better prepared

Salud is 76 and blind. She received a solar powered radio from HelpAge-COSE. It gives her information, particularly on weather updates and entertainment whenever she is alone at home. Salud has been partially blind for 5 years and is too weak to go far from her house. She lives with her husband Alfonso, 65, and […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: learning new skills in carpentry

Virgilio Virola, 60 years old, a resident of Leyte, lives with his grandson in a small hut in the middle of a vast rice field. He has two children but they are already living independently with their families. His wife died a few days before Typhoon Haiyan swept through Leyte on 8 November 2013. He […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: disability and disaster

Delia is 65 years old and is married to Santiago who is 66. They have 2 children (one boy and one girl) who have their own families. Delia and Santiago have 4 grandchildren. “My grandchildren always visit us since they are just next door. We have been living in this area for about 20 years. We used […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: older people caring for multiple generations

Eleazar, 61, has 5 children and 4 grandchildren. His youngest daughter Eleabe, 9, has had a visual impairment since birth. He’s taken care of Eleabe since his wife died in 2008. Two of his children live with him together with their children. On 8 November 2013, they survived the strongest typhoon they have ever encountered. […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: starting anew, with shelter and a garden

Pelagia is a strong, vibrant person and still enjoys gardening at the age of 86. Her optimism and cheerfulness radiates on her face. She is absolutely content with her life no matter how simple it may seem. She had six children but two of them have died. She lives with her teenage granddaughter in a […] Read more