The call was made by Mahesh Patel, 60, an Indian living in Kazo- Angola in Kawempe division on Monday while handing over items including sugar, salt, cooking oil, soap, maize flour and beans to over 70 elderly people in the area
Youth and rich people living in Kawempe division have been asked not to abandon the elderly and the deprived people.
The call was made by Mahesh Patel, 60, an Indian living in Kazo- Angola in Kawempe division on Monday while handing over items including sugar, salt, cooking oil, soap, maize flour and beans to over 70 elderly people in the area who cannot afford basic needs.
Patel said that he started the programme in 2013 to help the elderly in the area on a monthly basis after observing that most of them have not be catered for.
"As Muslims, we are advised to help the elderly and the needy among other deprived people. I decided to do this because apart from getting rewards from God, it is part of my contribution to the society," Patel said.
He said that although he is going to migrate to Rwanda where he intends to carry out his business, he will continue to support them on a monthly basis through their local leaders.
On behalf of the local leaders, Councillor Tadeo Ssebugwawo applauded Patel for being a kind man who cares for the well-being of other people in the society.
"Not many people can do this although we have so many rich people in the area. Others abandon their own parents but we are pleased to have you in our community," Ssebugwawo said.
He also called upon the rich people to support the elderly and the needy because the government cannot afford to cater for all of them.
Zaituni Lutalo, 70, said that she is one of the beneficiaries since the programme started and the donation saved her life.