This is Senior Falisto Lufatiye. He lives at one of ROTOM’s Senior Care Center. Not only does he have a beautiful smile, but he also has a special story.
Falisto was born in 1932 in Burundi, East Africa. He migrated from Burundi to Uganda to find work as a laborer on farms in 1969. He had 2 sons and 1 daughter whom he left in Burundi and ever since, he has not had contact with them. Falisto is afraid to go home to Burundi because he believes everyone he left there is now dead.
When he arrived in Uganda, he found work at a sugar factory where he worked for a long time. When he retired, he was given a retirement package. He used this money to buy a small piece of land where he built a small mud and wattle house. While he lived in his new house, he continued to work on people’s farms to earn a small living. Finding farm work was never guaranteed and Falisto’s life was never easy. Fortunately, in 2007 Falisto was recruited into the ROTOM friendship program. During this time, Falisto was having a difficult time. He was having a land wrangle with his neighbor who claimed that Falisto sold the land to him and that he needed to leave. Unfortunately, Falisto lost the case and he was on the verge of becoming homeless when ROTOM rescued him.
Falisto’s ROTOM supporting friend heard about his story and wanted to build him a new house but there was no land for him to build. ROTOM was able to purchase a piece of land where a house was built for Falisto to live in. In 2013, Falisto moved into this newly built house on ROTOM’s land. Today, ROTOM has built more houses on this piece of land to house seniors like Falisto threatened by homelessness, and those who are frail and no longer able to care for themselves.
This place has now become a ROTOM Village Outreach Center offering many services to meet the needs of ROTOM seniors. These services range from housing, food and income activities, community engagements, and many more. What started as one man’s story became a story of many seniors with similar needs. This opened ROTOM’s eyes to the needs of seniors like Falisto.
While at this center, Falisto continues to thrive and receive excellent care and support from ROTOM. He really enjoys farming and he is able to grow some food at the center which he shares with all the other 6 seniors currently being housed at this center.
Even though Falisto has no known family, he has found a family at ROTOM. The seniors he lives with at the ROTOM village Outreach Center have become his brothers and sisters, and together they share a special bond.
ROTOM provides a safe place where vulnerable seniors are welcomed and cared for through the love of Jesus Christ. This is possible because so many people like you choose to put your love into action.
We couldn’t do this without you!