PANAJI: A large number of elderly people in Goa spend their life in loneliness as either their offspring are either settled abroad or don’t have time for them.
So, when the COVID-19 outbreak in the country forced a lockdown, voluntary organisation HelpAge India (Goa) sensed an opportunity by encouraging young Goans to spend quality time with their grandparents during this period.
"Due to our tight schedule we don't get enough time to spend with our grandparents. As India fights to stay afloat amidst the COVID 19 lockdown, the elderly are struggling to simply survive. A call for compassion is the need of the hour. So we started a campaign called 'Click a pic' where people had to send us a picture or selfie clicked with their grandparents and we uploaded them on our social media page," HelpAge India (Goa) Student Action for Value Education (SAVE) Executive Gabriel Fernandes told GT.
This idea received unprecedented response from the community. The HelpAge India was flooded with photos. Ryan Do Rego and his wife Chrissane, had sent a photo of them celebrating Ryan’s grandmother’s birthday in a low celebration just to make her feel special.
“My grandmother is very dear to me and my wife and we love spending time her. However, duty to our tight schedule we visited her twice a month but now, after the lockdown since we are staying home we visit her every alternate day. It feels very special to be with her,” Rego said.
“My grandmother recalls her story about how lockdown is not a new thing for her as they have faced a similar situation pre-liberation when they had to stock food for days. When we were young, they were the ones who took care of us and now it is our turn to give it in the best possible way to keep them happy,” Ryan added.
Trupti Gaonkar, shared a picture of her grandmother posing with a Ukulele.
“My usual routine remained so tight that I hardly got to meet my grandmother who lives very close to my house. I used to meet her once in a week after I returned from work. But now because of the lockdown, we have breakfast together every day and she feels really happy for that, which eventually makes me feel good,” Trupti said.
The lockdown might have been unpleasant experience for many, but then every cloud has a silver lining.