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Walezo Küche
Walezo Krankenstation

Home for elderly people in Zanzibar

The „Walezo Old Age Home“ is one of the very few nursing homes for elderly people in Zanzibar. 53 elderly people are currently being accommodated and taken care of. The centre belongs to the ministry of social welfare, but is run and fully managed by committed catholic nuns („Sisters of the Precious Blood“). Sister Lucy, Sister Calista und Sister Cecilia are the „heart and soul“ of the institution. They created a comfortable living environment for the inhabitants and significantly improved the range of care services. The sisters have further been successful in gaining financial support from local and foreign donors, which for instance have been used to refrubish the whole compound. The 37 men and 16 women are now able to stay in single and double rooms which are of considerably good standard for Zanzibar and Africa.

Additionally there is a separate dining room, a recreation room with TV, a dispensary and nursing ward and a guest house.

Most of the elderly people are originally from other African countries such as Kenya, Mosambique, Uganda, some even India. They arrived in Zanzibar long time ago in the 1960s and 70s. African countries do not have a developed system of social welfare as it is the case in western countries; as a consequence, care for the eldery needs to be fully covered by family members. Since the inhabitants of Walezo do not have any family members on Zanzibar, the Walezo Old Age home takes care of the well-being of these elderly people. Besides the three catholic nuns, there are public service employees such as nurses and cooks who support the sisters in nursing and care.

While some of the inhabitants are not able to do anything on their own and need to be fully looked after by nursing staff, others are still active and spend their time with different activities such as gardening, cleaning, Makuti weaving with palm leaves, handicrafts, making brooms, etc.

Three elderly people have a good command of English language, all of them speak Swahili besides their original mother tongues (such as Portuguese or Gujarati). However, the communication with the eldery is easily possible without having to use many words. When they notice that someone is interested in them and spends just time with them, one can clearly see the joy on the elderly's people's faces.

Volunteers are very welcome in the centre. As a volunteer or intern, you are going to spend time with the elderly people; you can do activities, play and talk with them and organize their leisure time. Volunteers with nursing skills and experience in health care are very welcome as well.

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Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Duration: Min. 3 weeks*

Special qualification required: No 

Costs: free of charge (trouble-free package for € 500 is optional)

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Not included

Included: Placement in the project; if you opt for the trouble-free package the whole range of services which is part of the trouble-free package is included

Not included: Travel, health insurance, visa, work permit

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* This activity can also be done for shorter time as part of our "voluntourism hopper" program.