These volunteers in La Paz Bolivia are on their way to visit newly adopted grandparents. It's part of an effort to look after older people of limited means during the pandemic.
Many of the seniors don't have relatives nearby who can help, so volunteers stepped in to fill the gap.
They bring food to people like this 93-year-old woman and her 85-year-old husband. And to this woman who lost her home in a mudslide and now lives in a tent in the woods.
The volunteers wear protective gear to help curb the spread of Covid 19. Some of the elderly qualify for government aid,
but they lacked the proper identification needed to clean food packages. This is a big help because there are a lot of people who don't have these.
Thank you very much for doing this. Volunteer Sergio Royuela lives far away from his parents.
Worrying about them spark the idea to encourage people to help the elderly who live nearby. We have adopted grandparents and well continue see them.
We can't just leave them without a visit only because the pandemic is raging. On the contrary, we will show our love and visit them until their last days.
In addition to bringing food and medicine, some of the volunteers are determined to help the elderly navigate the government bureaucracy,
so they can start drawing on any benefits owed to them. Dora McClure VOA news Washington