We founded Arama because we felt seniors deserve to have a wide variety of options for their entertainment and recreation and also a place to feel free, comfortable, safe, content and happy – where the challenges of day-to-day life are taken care of!
Nairobi is abuzz with new restaurants, events and things to do, and ever growing creative ways to entertain almost everyone. However we see a wide gap in the offerings of services and entertainment for seniors. They are scarce. Most of the older members of our society depend on their families and community centres for support and entertainment. With the Covid-19 pandemic, these already limited options have become even more restricted and often unavailable. This means for many ageing is a hapless, lonely journey. We, at Arama, are here to change that.
We understand the challenges of ageing – not only for the ageing members of our community, but also for their families.. On meeting a number of seniors whose families weren’t in a position to spend sufficient time with them because of their busy work schedules and commitments, we recognised that they are battling the hassles of living in Kenya – power and electricity shortages, managing staff, navigating through traffic to go shopping, insecurity and completing daily chores. Loneliness is widespread. Delving deeper, we realise that loneliness and boredom has serious effects – including depression, dementia and fluctuations in blood pressure. We are passionate about alleviating these effects (and their causes) and believe it is possible to improve the status quo for our senior citizens.