Terrible Plight

The following reports have come through from the ZANE carers and show, yet again how desperate life in Zimbabwe is for the elderly and their terrible plight.

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Nancy P. was referred to us by another group we work with from time to time. Nancy had retired early because she was suffering from severe back pain – she received no compensation other than a small pension of $20 per month. We were shocked by the appalling conditions Nancy was living in, squashed into a single room with her belongings, trying to pay rent, which she simply couldn’t afford.

Her water source is an open hole in the ground, which she cannot drink and can only use for bathing and washing clothes. Nancy is very thin and showing signs of dementia. We have made several trips back to visit Nancy to assess how to help her, and we finally decided ZANE could support her in a care home.

However, she doesn’t want to leave her tiny room out of fear – it is all she knows. We will continue to visit her, give her food parcels, and pay her rent while we gently try to coax her into a move that will be hugely beneficial for her.

More and more these days, we are seeing elderly folk whose children are also retired, over seventy, and battling to meet the expenses of their older parents.


Gillian G. is 96 years old and lives in a flat at a local care home. Her daughter Beverley, aged 75, arrived for a visit and found the flat locked up – after calling for some time, she realised there was a problem.

Help eventually came, and the flat was opened – Gillian was found on the kitchen floor, unresponsive. She was admitted to the hospital with a fractured hip. Doctors will not operate but are preparing for a less invasive procedure because of her age.

Beverley cannot afford the costs of hospital care and can hardly cover her own expenses. ZANE will help meet the medical costs and give support to both Gillian and Beverley as best we can.

* Names and images may have been changed for privacy reasons

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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.

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