90-year-old Mai Hawa lives in Ibrahim Hyderi, Karachi, with her 13 family members and belongs to a poor fisher community. Her husband was a fisherman who died nine years ago. “The livelihood of my whole family depends on my son who is working on daily wages. We have no other source of income; my son is the sole breadwinner of my family,” Hawa said. Her son is a fisherman who earns 200 PKR per day, and yet there are days when he does not find work.
“When my son returns home without work, I begin to wonder what the family will eat.
I am living with multiple diseases. Recently I had an eye surgery, because of which there is so much pain in my eyes. I cannot afford to visit a hospital for checkup. I am worried for my family and have lost all hope,” she said with teary eyes and a deep sorrow in her voice.
COVID-19 pandemic had brought more hardships for her family. Her son lost his job. “We had no money to buy food, and we starved for two days. I was desperately looking for help.
“My son feels they have received food assistance because of me and now he prefers to spend more time with me.” Hawa narrated. Hawa believes Older People Association is a good platform for older people. “We want to resolve our issues. We have this platform in the shape of Older People Association where we can discuss our issues,” Hawa said.