Dete Old Age Home is struggling to make ends meet in the upkeep of 18 elderly residents and many more who visit everyday to seek assistance.

This was revealed during a visit by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.

Running an old people’s home is proving to be a challenge in situations where donors are the main source of funding.

So critical is the situation at Dete Old Age Home that the care givers last received their salaries in May 2016 and now work two weeks per month.

Various questions also came up on how the old age home manages funds received from the government and how they deal with cases of people with no identity documents. 

Dete Old Age Home Sister-in-Charge, Cecilia Mwembe and the representative of the Department of Social Welfare Ivy Mutandasai  both explained to the committee the challenges they have to deal with in the running the home.

Last year, the old age home received a total of $1 485 from the Department of Social Welfare to assist in the administration of the facility.

The home opened its doors to the public in 1983 and runs a nutrition garden as one of its projects to generate income.