“For three years, I cared for an elderly woman, and on July 27th 2012, she fell deeply ill. In her last moments, she called for me, as she wanted to give me her last words. Unfortunately, I went into labor that same day and gave birth to a daughter. When I was heard this elderly women I so loved had died, I decided to name my daughter, Hope. This woman’s death gave me the necessary courage to begin to deeply & smartly work to help the elderly people in my community. I was ready to give them hope to live a joyful & positive life.”
Ms. Josephine Apio was raised in a poverty and HIV/AIDS infected area. She grew up to witness great impoverishment and affliction in her community particularly among the elderly who didn’t have much care. A relentless prompt within her spirit coupled with persistent calls from within the community for such services, confirmed that this was a divine mission. Following a needs assessment, she founded HFTEMU in December of 2014.
She recalls: “My great attachment to one of these seniors made me promise myself to do something about their condition as soon as I could.”
Each day, Josephine and her volunteers carry out HFTEMU’s integrated approach in delivering quality results amongst its beneficiaries including condition regular fellowships with the seniors for spiritual and emotional support, conducting regular home visits for evaluation and support, provision of hot meals, basic needs, and health care among others.
Josephine has great hope that by sustaining this work, this system can continue and take care of the elderly with great respect & dignity for decades to come.