Several years ago, an elderly woman living in a small Tanzanian village fell and broke her hip. When her neighbors didn’t see her for a few days, they went to check on her and found her lying on the floor. She had been there for three days, without food or water. A neighbor transported her by bicycle to the local dispensary. On the way there, she died.
When Sister Dativa heard of this event, she was heartbroken, not because the old woman had died but because of how she died. Sister spoke with her superior general about starting a program to address the basic needs of the many elderly poor in the same situation.
Thus, The Village Angels of Tanzania program was conceived. Operations began when Sister Dativa returned to Tanzania, in August 2015. There are presently 16 youths and 70 elderly enrolled in the program, in two villages. The program will eventually be expanded to more villages.