Senior Impact Story with Granny Safina

Granny SafinaMeet Granny Safina. A small woman, yet big in personality, she greets each member of the team with a big smile and a warm hug! Dressed in a traditional, pale yellow dress with bold print, and cropped gray hair, this spirited grandmother reflects on how when first introduced to ROTOM as she had recently been thrown out of a rental home.

It was not the first time this had happened and too often her things has been stolen or lost before she could find another place to rent. (Her hands gestured in frustration as she explains how her children grew up and moved far away, offering no support and leaving her to fend for herself.) She firmly and blatantly expressed that if it was not for ROTOM, no one would care what happened to her! She expressed deep gratitude and thanks for her relationship with ROTOM staff and sponsors and of how she has grown to believe she can really trust their concern for her.

Granny Safina eagerly reports how being involved when ROTOM has allowed her to receive the medical treatment necessary while sick, allowing her complete and fast recovery. She says they even offer counseling so that the seniors have a chance to process their challenges.
On the day of the interview, Granny Safina is proud and excited to share her home with ROTOM staff. ROTOM helped build her a simple home and, in looking back, seeing the “pile of bricks” gave her so much hope. How wonderful it is, she says, to be able to sleep in peace, not worrying about being kicked out with her few personal possessions. “If it was not for ROTOM, I think I would be wandering or dead,” Granny Safina says frankly, “but instead I have a home and I am happy. I pray for them.”

So, once again the impact you are making supports lives like Safina’s! We thank you for being faithful to your senior friend.


(Granny Safina shared her story with ROTOM staff during a Journey for Change trip to Uganda.)