The Unknown Soldier

It is a little-known fact that there are many ex-servicemen in Zimbabwe who gave much of their youth to fighting in various conflicts around the world following World War II. They are now the Forgotten Legion.

The Forgotten Legion

After Zimbabwe severed ties with Britain, many of these old soldiers lost pensions or benefits they might have been entitled to if they had been living in the UK. ZANE has identified these men and their widows and set up a programme to help look after them in their old age.

Like many other pensioners in Zimbabwe, these folk are facing hardship and destitution as the economic circumstances of the country continue to spiral downward out of control.

We ask you to join us to ensure that these brave elderly people are not forgotten and that they can face their declining years with dignity.

Forgotten Wars – Forgotten Veterans

  • Imagine serving the UK Crown and ending up in a country with no social security or healthcare.
  • Imagine serving the UK Crown and ending up living in a corrupt police state.

ZANE looks after 560 veterans and widows living in Zimbabwe who, when we needed them, loyally served the UK Crown.

Today they are old and impoverished and they need ZANE’s help.

These men and women suffer untreated conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, hearing loss and cataracts.

They served the UK Crown in forgotten wars in Malaya, Korea, Borneo and Aden.

Today, in the evening of their lives, they need our help.

Stan* (87) served the Crown in the Rhodesian services during the Malayan conflict. His father served during the Second World War with the RAF.

Like many of Zimbabwe’s pensioners, Stan lost his savings when the Zimbabwe government lost control of the economy.

Stan, through no fault of his own, was rendered wholly destitute. Stan suffers hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Earlier this year Stan was unable to afford to continue his medication.

Thankfully, just in time, ZANE was alerted to Stan’s plight; his blood pressure had reached dangerously high levels.

Today ZANE covers Stan’s medical costs, and he is recovering well.

“ZANE’s saved my life,” Stan said recently. “I’m so grateful, thank you.”

Stan is a member of the Forgotten Legion.

These veterans need your help to ensure their basic medical needs are met.


Pays for monthly diabetes medication for one veteran or Widow


Pays for hypertension medication for a veteran or widow for 6 months


Pays for adult pampers for one Veteran or widow for a month

* Names and images may have been changed for privacy reasons

If you are already a ZANE donor, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you are not a donor but would like to be, please follow the link below and know that every donation, however big or small, goes directly to where it is most needed. If you would like to help but can’t donate, please join the ZANE family and ‘like’ or ‘share’ our posts or write us a Google review – every positive step helps spread the word about the life changing work ZANE does.

Thank you – Nicky Passaportis ZANE Australia

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)

Reasons to Support Zane

  1. ZANE provides aid, comfort and support to 2,090 impoverished pensioners with nowhere else to turn. Only those genuinely in need of assistance receive it.
  2. Donors can choose which area of ZANE’s work they wish to support.
  3. ZANE was the Telegraph Group Overseas Charity of the year.
  4. ZANE is looking after around 560 aged and frail veterans and their widows. These people fought for the Crown in WW2, Malaya, Korea and Aden. Without ZANE, they would be living with insufficient food and no healthcare.
  5. ZANE runs education programmes in the high-density areas assisting women and children living in extreme poverty.
  6. ZANE funded the first clubfoot correction programme in Zimbabwe. Thirteen treatment centres have been established and over 4,500 children have received treatment to date.
  7. ZANE funds the provision of prosthetic limbs for victims of landmine explosions and treatment for people with hearing loss.
  8. ZANE’s funds are subject to rigorous audit and ZANE is proud that since its foundation, it has never lost money to collapsed banks, middlemen or corruption.
  9. An independent consultancy reviewed ZANE and the report stated:
    “The charity thrives on its responsiveness, flexibility and lack of bureaucracy. Operationally, ZANE is frugal, focused and effective in delivering aid to the needy.”

* Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals