The regular reports coming from Zimbabwe are full of the distressing kind of news that comes from the worsening situation there which is being felt particularly by the elderly:
One of our long-time beneficiaries, Stuart, died on Sunday morning, with cause of death most likely being perforations in the stomach and lungs plus numerous other complications.
We had come to know Stuart very well over the past year as we met him with 3 other beneficiaries in Strathaven every 2 weeks to deliver money and groceries. We had noticed him looking increasingly unwell for the last 3 months and knew he was seeing a doctor for this.
We were both out of town over the weekend when he started becoming critical and huge thanks go to Eric de Jong who drove over to the couple twice over the weekend. We went out to their home on Monday with Carl Wilson of the Old Legs Team.
This has been a very traumatic situation because the couple are so poor and in addition, they have 20 dogs and other animals, which they care for on behalf of an animal charity. The animal food is donated but there looms now a problem about what to do in this whole situation.
Stuart’s wife is a polio victim and is largely wheelchair bound, barely able to care for herself let alone many animals. For the meanwhile, she wants to remain in her modest hut with all the animals around her, but at some point there will have to be drastic changes to her situation and we will all work together on this.
It is extremely sad and traumatic for all of us and much work will have to be done to try and achieve a sustainable outcome for Lyn and the animals.
* Names have been changed to protect privacy
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Any assistance is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to giving our pensioners a better quality of life and lifts the pressure of money worries which is very debilitating emotionally.
(Donations made to ZANE in Australia, are tax-deductible)
Donations made to ZANE in Australia, are tax-deductible.