The Elderly & Vulnerable children

If you work with the elderly there are ways of involving them in needs assessments and project design and monitoring.

There is much poverty among older people but it is usually older women who have to pick up the pieces of the AIDS epidemic. Along with support for elderly carers, these disrupted families need support for the care of the orphans and vulnerable  children.

Helpage International have an online library of manuals in PDF format which includes "Building Blocks: Africa-Wide briefing notes – supporting older carers" and a Research Reports section which includes “Chronic poverty and older people in South Africa”. offer useful materials including "Building blocks: Asia – Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children".