Old age is a sensitive phase; elderly people need care and comfort to lead a healthy life without worries and anxiety. Lack of awareness regarding the changing behavioral patterns in elderly people at home leads to abuse of them by their kin. It was in this light that the Association of African Students in India, AASI embarked on a charity visit to Jan Kalyan Trust, Noida in the early hours of Sunday the 25th of December, 2016.
Jan Kalyan Trust provides secure shelter and boarding for the lower and upper middle class sector of society. There are many facilities for the poorer section of society, but there is a dearth of facilities for the middle class sector of society.
Jan Kalyan Trust is a private charitable trust and operates the Vridh-Sewashram in Anand Niketan situated at C-5, Sector- 55, Noida. It was founded in 1989 by the Late Dr. Raj Jit Paul, a devoted follower of Vinoba Bhave. It had a very small beginning and was started in the residence of Dr. Raj Jit Paul.
It was indeed a great day having the opportunity to engage, dance, eat with the senior citizens. It was indeed a great day for AASI because it was a time to put smiles on the faces of the senior citizens, they all took turns to ask questions about Africa, its people and culture while they were all filled with surprises getting to know more about Africa and its people.
This visit is in line with AASI’s commitment to contribute meaningfully to its host communities across India through social community service.