ZANE Beneficiaries Snapshot

Here are some reports from the ZANE team members who visit and care for the elderly folk who are supported through the wonderful generosity of donors:

Nancy

We visited and assessed Nancy in her own home. She had been referred by a friend saying she is struggling financially, is riddled with arthritis and urgently needs a knee and a hip replacement.

She is very thin and comes across as unhappy and helpless having made no plans for her future in any way at all since she stopped working 4 years ago. She was divorced at least 20 years ago and half owns the house she lives in; the other half is owned by her ex-common law husband who lives in a cottage on the same property.

We will discuss her situation in our next staff meeting and I think we will be able to get help from the Old Legs Tour team for the surgeries she needs. Once we have sorted out her pain, we can hopefully help her deal with the rest of her problems

Janine and Brenda

At one of the local care homes I visited Janine and Brenda – they have been worried about not seeing me while I was away, so when I saw Janine, she was a little stern with me!

This always impresses upon me how important we all are to our elderly recipients. Brenda is fine but is still having trouble with her hearing.

Patricia, the administrator of the complex, has had a stroke so cannot work for a while. The residents are anxious about this and missing her presence a lot. I have promised to increase our visits while this situation persists.

Jane

We visited Jane in her own home. Jane is not a happy person and has never recovered from the death of her husband several years ago.

She relies on other elderly people to do all her chores for her such as shopping, visits to the doctor, paying her bills.

We have spent so much time (and different methods) trying to help her shift her mind-set to no avail and now it seems certain she is not going to change. However, we don’t give up on her.

  • Names have been changed to protect their privacy

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)

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