Rita, 80, Colombia: 50 years of dedication to older people


HelpAge International wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Rita Duarte – her organisation, Provida, is one of our founding members. Rita co-founded Provida over 50 years ago. Having dedicated her life to older people, her appreciation for them has only increased since she joined their ranks when she turned 60 in 2003.

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as that’s where I believe the key to success lies, for one to have respect and feelings towards those around them.

Rita has always tried to keep up with the times.

I’ve always had a bit of a struggle with technology, but I’ve learned.

Rita hopes to be remembered as a fighter. She’s got some advice to pass on to the next generation.

Fight for everyone and treat others how they should be treated. Have feelings towards those you feel are important and make sure you respect all people.

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