Inspired by Care

Our story begins in 2004 when Richard Waindi – the Founder & CEO of AgeWatch – found himself caring for his ageing mum. Living over 500KM away from his mum in Nairobi City, Richard made frequent trips to visit and care for her. Soon, everyday tasks became more challenging and by 2013, she was unable to live on her own. Although, Richard searched all of Kisumu county and its neighbors for a caregiver, he found none. As his mum’s condition worsened, neighbours acted as caregivers, but they were unskilled and turnover was problematic. In July 2015, at 93 years old, his mum died. Inspired by the pleasure of caring for her and being motivated to make a difference in the lives of seniors and the underserved, Richard founded AgeWatch Africa.

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Our History

AgeWatch Africa Foundation was founded on compassion and a commitment to care for our ageing neighbours. Four international partnerships later and the building of AgeWatch Centre in Kisumu County, our commitment to you remains the same – provide quality, trusted, and compassionate care to your ageing loved ones.

Roots in the Community
AgeWatch Africa began as a community-based organisation providing care to the elderly.
February
2016
Our First International Partnership

We established our first international partnership with de Zorgboog – a Dutch organisation that works with the elderly in the Netherlands. Over the years, they have been an active supporter of our work and have supplied medical equipment for our centres.

Late
2016
Planning for the Future
AgeWatch hosted a Dutch team from Making Africa Work to help prepare our investor documentation. A few weeks later in October, our first business plan was reviewed and highly rated by investors as a social enterprise.
Late
2017
Delivering Services to Our Seniors

There was music and dancing as we launched our first outreach session at AgeWatch Kisumu Centre in Ojola village. Seniors from Kisumu sub-county socialised with their peers during our first daycare session.

March
2018
Received our Nonprofit Status
On January 24, 2019, AgeWatch Africa Foundation officially transitioned from a community-based organisation to a registered, national social business under Registration # CLG – JLFG96.
January
2019
Launching our Pilot Initiative

We formally launched our care services with a small pilot of elderly residents in Kisumu county. 

November
2019
Spreading our Message

AgeWatch was admitted to the GlobalGiving Accelerator programme and joined an international community of nonprofits spanning over 170 countries. Because of our strong performance during the accelerator, we became a permanent member of Global Giving community.

February
2020
Responding to COVID-19

AgeWatch provided essential support and COVID-19 relief to our clients in Kisumu West sub-county.

May
2020
AgeWatch Africa & 2021 United Nations STI Forum

AgeWatch Africa offered a statement for the 2021 United Nations STI Forum. Our role in enhancing human well-being was summarized in a position statement. The full statement is available here

May
2021
COVID-19 Relief Efforts

 

 

Caregivers supplied food and PPE to elders in Korando location of Kisumu West sub-county using funds raised from our Global Giving initiatives.

May - June
2021
Mobilising for COVID-19 Vaccine Exercises

In partnership with the Kisumu County Ministry of Health (MOH) and HelpAge International, we launched our COVID-19 vaccination exercises at our Kisumu Center.

September
2021
International Day of the Older Person

On 1 October 2021, AgeWatch Africa in partnership with HelpAge International celebrated the International Day of the Older Person at our Kisumu Centre. The celebration included COVID-19 vaccinations and medical exams for older adults. It was attended by over 200 individuals and included national media personnel from all mainstream media houses in Kenya.

October
2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Grant

GlobalGiving awarded Agewatch Africa Foundation a grant for $5,000 for its COVID-19 vaccination efforts throughout Kisumu west-sub county.

December
2021