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St. Vincent de Paul Antigua
Established in 1974, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is a non-governmental organisation inspired by Catholic values.
It was created to enable men and women to grow spiritually by offering services to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder the Venerable Frederick Ozanam and Patron St Vincent de Paul.
Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina
Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) was established in 1894 as a Jewish community centre with a mission to strengthen the basic principles of democracy and pluralism. AMIA is a centennial organization whose actions are driven by the notions of inclusion and participation in Argentinean society.
AMIA's main areas of work include campaign and advocacy, capacity building, programme delivery and service provision. They work on a number of thematic areas including health and care, rights and social protection education programmes, volunteer services, disability, cultural activities, community services, employment services, etc. Older people are one of the key target groups of AMIA. Through a multidisciplinary approach, projects are carried out to ensure seniors citizens a life with dignity.
In 2006, AMIA inaugurated an integral elderly care centre that provides a range of services including: daytime assistance and recreational, cultural, educational and therapeutic activities. Other services include: home delivery of meals, transport, family counselling, social assistance, healthcare, as well as pension and legal advice.
AMIA also got close links with the Argentinean Government and is working with them to develop programmes for older people. AMIA also have close links to other civil society groups, NGOs and Academia. It is working closely, with longstanding HelpAge global network member, ISALUD.
AMIA has led the ADA campaign in Argentina. It became a HelpAge global network member in 2014.
Asociación Mutual de Protección Familiar
(AMPF - Family Protection Mutual Association)
The Fundación Instituto de la Salud, Medio Ambiente, Economía y Sociedad (ISALUD Foundation) was established in 1991 in Argentina by Dr. Ginés González García to train professionals and people from the community to plan, evaluate and manage socio-health programs.
ISALUD Foundation provides training in research, development, management, monitoring and assessment of social and environmental policies, and in social policy, health, economics and the environment.
Fundación Navarro Viola
Fundación Navarro Viola was established in Argentina in 1973 by three sisters who wished to use their family inheritance to support progress in education, social medicine and ageing. It seeks to raise awareness and respond to the challenges and potential of ageing through cultural, artistic, and educational activities for older people, responding to their tastes, interests and needs.
Fundación Navarro Viola helps older people access care, promotes health and disease prevention, and generatea strategies and approaches for building protective environments.
Fundación Navarro Viola became a HelpAge global network member in 2017.
Fundación Red de Actividad Física para Adultos Mayores (RAFAM - Network of Physical for Older People)
HelpAge Belize was established in 1984 as the National Committee on Ageing. In 1985, they changed their name to HelpAge Belize, when the organisation became a partner of HelpAge International.
HelpAge Belize works to empower older people by securing services and creating an environment that enables older to live dignified lives. They develop links between generations and assist older people who are living in poverty through Meals on Wheels and Food Package programmes.
HelpAge Belize also does advocacy work to ensure state agencies provide services to older people. These agencies include government departments, as well as statutory boards responsible for administering pensions to older people.
In 2011, HelpAge Belize used the ADA Campaign to lobby the Belize Social Security Board to expand the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHI) to reach older people in three new districts.
Fundación Horizontes / Horizons Foundation
Horizons Foundation was created in 1996. The last 15 years, they have been working for the older population of Bolivia. Horizons Foundation has developed many projects in several districts of Bolivia.
Its vision is to achieve a change in the attitudes of the Bolivian society towards older people and develop projects with strategic partners and comprehensive care programmes for vulnerable and poor older persons.
Their work areas are: Human Rights, social protection, income and livelihoods, health and social insurance, influencing public policy, building older people's organisations, research and information, prevention of natural disasters and climate change, cultural integration and gender.
Their main strategic partners are the Older People National Association of Bolivia (ANAMBO). In 2011, Horizons Foundation became a HelpAge global network member.
Sumaj Punchay is a Bolivian NGO that was founded in 2001. HelpAge International's office in Bolivia has worked with the organisation since 2009 and they have contributed greatly to the Latin American network.
Sumaj Punchay has great influence on research and adaptation of alternative methods to the effects of climate change in Bolivia. They have produced several papers and videos highlighting the contributions and challenges of older people in these situations. Other thematic areas they are working on include livelihoods, food security, access to water, income generation, health and rights.
Among other activities include training and capacity building, programmes and service delivery, fundraising and campaigning and advocacy.
Sumaj Punchay became a HelpAge global network member in 2014.
Caritas Chile was established in 1956 to raise awareness of older people's issues in local communities in Chile. Their aim was to change the perception of ageing in these communities and among older people themselves.
Caritas Chile promotes social inclusion of older people and advocates for their rights and responsibilities. They work in areas such as health, education and advocacy.
Caritas Chile joined the HelpAge global network in 1989. The two organisations have worked together on several projects, including a programme to support poor older people in the province of San Felipe through citizen participation. Another joint project provided training and support to older women, enabling them to participate more fully as leaders and advisers within their communities.
In March 2010, Caritas Chile provided food aid to the victims of the earthquake in Chañarla province of Copipo.
Asociación Cultural Casa del Niño
Consejo Distrital de Sabios y Sabias
Pro Vida Colombia
ProVida Colombia was established in 1974 and works to improve the lives of older people. They play a central role in providing information, advice, training, resources and funding for organisations caring for older people in Columbia.
They develop social welfare programmes to improve the lives of older people by building leadership skills and encouraging participation in community life.
ProVida Colombia also develops programmes in areas such as nutrition and geriatric medicine. In addition, they organise activities to help and enable older people to manage their health. They promote self-care and disease prevention and plan social policies to promote the welfare of older people.
In 1983, ProVida Colombia joined the HelpAge global network.
Asociación Gerontológica Costarricense
Established in 1980, Asociación Gerontológica Costarricense (AGECO) works to improve the lives of older people and promote active ageing in Costa Rica.
The organisation strives for a Costa Rica without age discrimination, where older people can claim their rights and live in a safe society. AGECO promotes older people's participation in society by encouraging older people, families and communities to integrate.
AGECO offers training to institutions, organisations and community groups on topics related to ageing. The aim is to promote new attitudes towards older people and ageing.
AGECO became a part of the HelpAge global network in 1990. Since then it has been an active member of the network and participates in a number of network events including Age Demands Action, regional meetings and the MIPPA +10 review.
Dominica Council on Ageing
The Dominica Council on Ageing was established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and campaign on issues affecting older people in Dominica. It coordinates groups across the country that are concerned with the welfare of older people.
The organisation forms senior citizens groups and co-ordinates training courses on violence and abuse, older people’s rights and healthcare. It has a range of outreach programmes, including daycare centres, radio talk shows, and the development of further groups across the country.
Dominica Council on Ageing became a HelpAge Global network member in March 2011.
Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound
Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound (REACH) was established in 1979 as a NGO that supports some of the most vulnerable older people in Dominica.
REACH provides homecare services such as home visits, bathing, laundry, distribution of food, house repairs and transport to health centres. They also distribute meals on wheels to local villages in order to meet the most basic needs of older people in the area.
So far, REACH's greatest achievement has been securing free medical attention for older people aged over 60 at the local Princess Margaret Hospital. Furthermore, they helped to secure a 50% increase in funding for older people's welfare in the House of Parliament in 2009.
REACH has been working with HelpAge International since 1985 and became a HelpAge global network member in 2004.
The NTD Foundation was established in 2010 by NTD Ingredients. It started as a provider of public homes for older people and today focuses on advocacy for older people, social inclusion and income-generating projects.
Servicio Social de Iglesias Dominicanas Inc
(SSID - The Dominican Church Social Service)
Cordes Foundation is a not-for-profit NGO established in 1988 by rural communities in El Salvador to improve the living conditions and socioeconomic development of the country's most vulnerable, including older people. It works on improving human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability.
Cordes promotes the greater participation and social integration of older people, encouraging them to organise and influence policymaking at all levels of government. It works to improve healthcare and establish better programmes of social security and care for older people.
Cordes became a HelpAge global network member in 2013.
Haitian Society for the Blind (SHAA)
The Haitian Society for the Blind (SHAA) was founded in 1952 to increase visually impaired people's inclusion and participation in Haitian society. The organisation provides assistance in education and healthcare, as well as other areas. It improves access to employment through management training courses, private tutoring and access to schools.
SHAA transcribes text books into Braile and provides training on how to read the writing system. It seeks to reduce the risks of diseases causing blindness in Haiti.
St Catherine Community Development Agency
St Catherine Community Development Agency, (SACDA) is a community based voluntary organisation. They are committed to improving the lives of children, older people and their families as well as strengthening local groups and organisations. Theydo so by promoting participation, self-reliance and sustainable development.
SACDA works in several farming districts in Jamaica and reaches approximately 7,000 people. The communities they work with are underdeveloped due to their remoteness and lack of infrastructure.
SACDA is governed by a board of Directors. The day-to-day operations are the responsibility of the Director who reports to the Board. Three Programme Officers, an Administrative Assistant and an Office Attendant complete the staff. The organisation also has registered members from the communities they work with and is a legal registered organisation.
Rhizome Center for Migrants
Central Association of the Retired Public Official and Teachers of Paraguay (Asociación Central de Funcionarios Públicos y Docentes Jubilados)
Peru Coordinating Group for Older People (Mesa de Trabajo de ONG'S y Afines sobre Personas Mayores -Mesa Perú-)
Mesa Perú was founded in 1992 and as a group of organisations working to improve the quality of life of older people in the country. It has become an important point of reference on the rights of older people and the issues affecting them, and works to empower older people to take a lead role in raising awareness and influencing political decision-making.
Pro Vida Peru
Pro Vida Peru (PVP) is an NGO founded in 1990 to help improve the quality of life for older people in the country. Much of PVP’s work is centred around working with older people and other adults to design and run programmes that promote a change in the social welfare culture towards a more participative one. This includes providing seminars and workshops related to topics that promote positive ageing.
The National Foundation for Blind Care in Suriname
The National Foundation for Blind Care in Suriname/Nationale Stichting Blindenzorg Suriname (NSBS) is an institute that supports the development of people with visual disabilities and enables them to develop into independent citizens in society.
The organisation was established in 1967 and employs 25 people and 15 volunteers. Their work include provision of education, running care centres, facilitating recreational activities and training in family support.
The day centres are open once a week and focus particularly on older people with visual impairment
NSBS supports older people's access to government services, health care centers and improved transport. They also provide education in computer skills, mobility and orientation, cooking and Braille; a method used by people who are visually impaired to read and write
NSBS is part of the 'Mira Nos' Network; a network of organisations that are related to the Netherlands and work with visually impaired people. They are also members of Royal Visio of Netherlands, Curaçao (Pro Bista), Aruba (FAVI), Bonaire (FKBO) and Suriname.
NSBS became a HelpAge global network member in 2012.
Uruguayan Association of Animators and Gerontological Assistants (AUDAAG)
The Uruguayan Association of Animators and Gerontological Assistants (AUDAAG) was established in Uruguay in 2004 and is focused on promoting active ageing. It provides recreation and training opportunities for older people, improves their social inclusion and builds their awareness of their rights.
AUDAAG tries to stimulate older people's creativity through choir classes, cultural workshops and other courses. It runs seminars, conferences and other training events to strengthen knowledge and awareness of older people’s rights through providing advice, and carrying out advocacy and campaigns.
AUDAAG frequently works in coordination with the National Institute for Older People of the Ministery of Social Development and is part of the National Network of Older People of Uruguay. Uruguayan Association of Animators and Gerontological Assistants became a HelpAge global network member in 2018.