Case study: Helping Margarita heal

“We meet, we discuss, we laugh, we chat, sometimes we dance...You forget all that you were feeling, because it helps you.” Margarita, El Salvador

Margarita, 60, lives in a gang-ridden area of San Salvador. A few years ago, Margarita’s son was killed - caught in the crossfire of a gun battle. In the months after his murder, Margarita struggled to come to terms with her grief and could not imagine a future without her son.

Local experts, supported by CAFOD, reached out to Margarita, who they knew had become isolated and withdrawn from her community. With their help, she was able to start talking about her grief and the everyday struggles she was facing. She became an active member of her community again and took the opportunity to participate in different groups to help her heal.

Now Margarita regularly takes part in activities funded by CAFOD, which she sees as part of an ongoing journey towards her recovery and emotional wellbeing.

 “The workshops they run have really helped me to keep going,” she says with a smile.

Helping hand for older people

This life-changing charity gift offers a helping hand to older people who have experienced high levels of ongoing violence and stress in their lives – providing psychological support and access to activities, such as art therapy.

Being part of a supportive community group helps older people who have suffered extreme stress and street violence to rediscover their own self-worth, contribute to their local community take part in fun activities that can help to improve their wellbeing and prevent isolation and loneliness.

Why buy this Helping hand for older people gift?

  • Celebrate a much-loved Granny or Grandpa by giving this thoughtful gift.
  • Help vulnerable older people to feel less isolated by bringing companionship and joyful moments into their challenging lives.
  • Extend the hand of friendship to older people – giving them the chance to get involved in art and craft activities and days out to help build friendships, self-confidence and learn new skills!

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