How pensioners are battling to cope in Zimbabwe

The reports 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:

We are receiving many, many calls for assistance at the moment and will be assessing a number of people next week.

I visited Jean who is still in bed after her hip operation a month ago. She is struggling to walk or move around making it very difficult for her carer, who is not experienced in this field. Jean is becoming very frail and depressed and not eating much.

Her neighbour would like to move her to a care home where she would receive the care she needs, however, there is no available space at the moment.

I visited one of the smaller homes where we have several beneficiaries. Most residents have had the Covid vaccine which has lifted the morale in general.

Jill’s progress after her stroke is slow which she finds very frustrating. Her writing has improved but is still unable to sign her name, this creating a problem at the bank. Speech is minimal which makes her very emotional.

Di was in good form, although the recent cold weather is already affecting her hip. Di as usual asked me to extend her grateful thanks to everyone who helps to support her.

Robbie was much happier this visit, expressing his thanks and gratitude to all concerned. It’s always a relief when finding Robbie in a good frame of mind and not abusive as it is sometimes hard to show compassion and love for him when he is being tricky, even though we fully understand how hard his life is.

* Names have been changed to protect privacy


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.

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