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This story focuses to mobilizing governments, civil society organizations & community members to set up the services of helping the elderly.

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In 2007 our father was 85 years old, was suffering from heart disease, swelling of the legs, inferred that it was lung cancer, in general, our father was a tobacco user (smoker)

One day our Father called us all his six children and he told us "My children I now am old and I do not know the day of my death. Please prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat with you so that I may give you my blessing before I die".

In collaboration we prepared the kind of tasty food he likes and we bring it to him, and he asked us to sat on the table start sharing eating food with him, when we were in eating our elder was very happy and very chiefly, and he started to give bequeathed by saying "My children don't use tobacco in your life, because tobacco is a risk for a health it is one of factors of the deaths of people in the world, about of 1 in 10 adults worldwide.  , Beware of infectious diseases, keep your children from malaria, because Malaria is still a major killer in sub-Saharan Africa, causing about 15% of children under 5 deaths in the region. do not forget serving the elderly Because when people Become an elder is like as a child and need nutrition, Healthcare, excellent accommodation, clothes that bring warm. To do so you will receive many blessings in this world".

I touched with his bequeathed and I decided to stay with him, I helped him to seek medical care, good meal,nice clothes that bring warm, and I gave him an adequate supervision. Given these services he received our father he continued to live for 5 years, then finished his days.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Each end of life has a different story, but older people as children under five years are die early for factors related to lack of nutrition, poor health, challenge of accommodation, clothes, Lack of proper care for the elderly.
If we cooperate together by serving our elderly through providing the basic human needs, as I have done we can bring comfort and increase the day of living to them.

Tell us about your work experience:

I'm working as a designer of various stories through OpenIDEO one of my story is to preserve natural resources to tackle climate change which made me to host the event of local climate innovators.

If you participated in an End of Life Storytelling Event, tell us which Chapter or city you came from:

I am Tanzanian living in Nzega District, Tabora region


Designer of this story is Mr. Japhet A. Kalegeya is a HCD course catalyst & platform OpenIDEO, He has received the training on infant and young child feeding from Cornell University.


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