CFCA sponsored elderly share life experiences and offer wise advice.
Mercedes is a 75-year-old widow in La Paz, Bolivia. She has eight children, 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Here is an interview that Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison in Kenya, conducted with Truphena, 78. Truphena is in the Hope for a Family sponsorship program in Kenya.
What is your secret for long life?
Growing up in the village I had the chance to eat healthy foods, nothing artificial, only fresh food from the farm and fresh fish from the lake. This has greatly contributed to my long life.
Truphena, sponsored through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program in Kenya.
What advice do you have for young people?
I would urge young people to be content with what they can afford. Desiring what is not within their reach can lead them along the wrong path. The youth should also learn that hard work is the only way to achieve what you desire. Listening to the advice given to them by the aging is also very important, if they want to succeed.
What is the most important thing that your mother taught you?
My mother emphasized respect. She told me that to live a fruitful life, one must respect everybody that they come across.
Whatís your favorite food?
I enjoy eating fresh fish from the lake and ugali (a mixture of water and maize flour).
What do you like most about CFCA?
CFCA has supported me by giving me nutritional benefits. I am an old woman and am not able to work and get money to buy food. I am grateful to CFCA because I never go hungry. When I am sick, CFCA helps me get the treatment that I require. The people in CFCA have become part of my family; they talk with me and listen to me, and I feel much appreciated.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why?