The monthly reports from Zimbabwe have come through and we would like to share them with the friends of ZANE to let you know how difficult life continues to be for the many desperate elderly folk who ZANE looks after – without regular visits from the dedicated ZANE carers, many of these people would literally have no way of surviving.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ongoing support and encourage you to continue.
Hardship for the elderly continues in Zimbabwe, with inflation rising by the day, the increase in medications, rent and basic living expenses is having an enormous impact on our elderly, with more and more pensioners reaching out for assistance.
We continue to visit and assess all inquiries and try by all means to assist, whether it’s with a monthly food parcel, medication or financially from our various funds.
Val and Doug
I visited and assessed Val and Doug, who live in a small retirement village in Harare. Neither have a pension or any income other than the help they receive from their daughter, who is unemployed, as is her husband. Two of the four grandchildren help as much as they can, but there’s just not enough to go around.
Val is a diabetic and relies on insulin amongst other medicines which is costing approximately $100 per month.
Doug worked for 28 years for a well-known panel beater, leaving with an amazing pension until the Zimbabwe dollar crushed.
Over the years this couple have sold their car and many other valuable items to keep themselves afloat. There are a few well- wishers in the village who very kindly drop off vegetables and various items to help feed them.
I will bring this case to our weekly team meeting and see how best to go about bringing some relief to them while also being fully mindful of how it is getting more and more difficult for Tom to raise the required amount of money in the UK to support our needy pensioners.
* Names and images may have been changed for privacy reasons
Thank you – Nicky Passaportis ZANE Australia
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