A Bare Christmas

As Christmas approaches our thoughts turn to the desperate old folk in Zimbabwe who are struggling to survive from day to day, never mind enjoy the bounty of the festive season.

The teams on the ground in Zim feel ever more desperate as they are sometimes unable to help due to a lack of funds. If you have been able to donate to ZANE over the course of 2021, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you are able to donate please click through the link below – every dollar is used to the utmost good.

Many thanks – Nicky Passaportis


The demand on our charity is now so enormous we have to be even more cautious when interviewing people as we simply do not have the funds to help everyone – each case is so emotionally challenging and we wish we could do more to ease the suffering of these vulnerable old folk.

This week we interviewed a couple who had been referred to us by a concerned friend. They are currently living with another friend and they are also using his car to do various chores. John was working on the mines and this work stopped several months ago.

They have no money at all and have been supported to some extent by their children but, when we contacted them, they confirmed that they too are struggling but they will do their best. For now, we will give them a food parcel and I have informed them of this.

John is hoping he will be able to find work in early 2022 and said he has been doing project proposals in this regard but the chances of getting work in Zimbabwe are very remote especially for a man of his age.

We assessed Frank at his home. We had to take him to the Doctor as he was clearly very unwell. The doctor rang me today to confirm that Frank has prostate cancer which has spread to his ribs and other areas which was why he was having chest pains.

As his condition is very terminal we will speak to him about putting his affairs in order and making a will which the doctor will witness. This is such a very sad case as Frank never married and his only living relative is in South Africa – we will visit and support him as much as we can.


PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT PENSIONERS STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE IN ZIMBABWE

Any assistance is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to giving our pensioners a better quality of life and lift the pressure of money worries which is very debilitating emotionally.

(Donations made to ZANE in Australia, are tax-deductible)

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