Today, on National Youth Day, HelpAge India gives a special mention to all young volunteers and creative groups that have been partners on our journey to fight isolation, neglect and poverty of our elders.
HelpAge India along with several young theater groups including Vayam and Toli groups of street theater has majorly focused on using 'Theatre for Development' to bring in advocacy of a different kind. Young people 's voices advocating for the Elder Cause are so strong and that has truly led to an inter generational impact. This kind of participatory theatre, also used further creativity and improvisation by involving and encouraging the audience to take roles in the performance.
The recently released HelpAge report 'National Survey : A YOUTH PERSPECTIVE ON ELDER ABUSE' clearly states that the younger generation, by and large, are aware that the elders in India are not living a very satisfactory life. This act of volunteering by some to make a difference towards the cause in their own little ways, calls out for a big round of appreciation indeed.
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut,
Actors from Vayam Theater group of Shaheed Sukhdev College, Delhi University, performing in partnership with HelpAge India across Delhi on issue of 'Elder Care'.