Zimbabwe Pensioners Have Savings Stolen By Their Own Children

Seven years ago Paul* and Leslie* sold all their worldly possessions and sent the money to Paul’s daughter, Lynne*, (from his first marriage) in Tanzania. The economy was very unstable in Zimbabwe at the time, companies were closing, banks were going into liquidation and fearful that they would lose everything, Paul and Leslie thought it...
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Zimbabwe Pensioners Who Have Lost Life Savings

When I saw Barry* recently I could tell that something was wrong; he had dark rings under his eyes, his face was gaunt, cheeks sunken and every now and again I heard him groan in pain. When I asked him discretely if he was OK, Barry at first looked away but when I persisted he...
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Poverty in Zimbabwe – Pensioners Who Have Lost Everything

Mary* used to be a hair dresser, hardly making enough to survive, living with her in-laws, sharing a room with eleven others. Old sheets served as room dividers and were Mary’s only privacy. When there were no more hairdressing customers, Mary took to the streets of the city, selling old clothes on the pavements, trying...
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Zimbabwe Pensioner Gets Lifesaving Support from ZANE

When we walked into Dorothy’s small flat in the Avenues in Harare our senses were assailed by the hopelessness which hung in the very air. We had been called by a concerned neighbor who was worried that he hadn’t seen her for several days and she had not responded to his vigorous knocking. We stood...
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A Pensioners Story – Growing Old in Zimbabwe

Growing old is something we all will face one day and if that is not enough it comes with all the added challenges, Jeremey*, once a respected headmaster of our community, that between his wife and himself educated and moulded hundreds of students, in our community some leaders in their trades all around the world. “I went into...
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Zimbabwe Pensioners Struggle Daily

A Cup of Tea with Milk How many times have you said, “Just what I needed!” The pleasure of relaxing with a cup of tea with milk and sugar and a biscuit or two is so comforting. How many times through the years have you sat down to a cup of tea after getting home...
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Who Can a Penniless Zimbabwean Pensioner Turn To?

An elderly couple, aged 78 & 76 years old who were born in the UK, approached the UK embassy to ask for assistance and were referred by them to us. They have a small amount of money left and know when this is gone, they will be destitute with no other possible source of income....
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Zimbabwe Pensioners Struggle Daily with Poverty

Heartbreak and depression are taking its toll on those who have been evicted from their farms and lost everything they hold most dear and have worked for all their lives. Many have passed away too soon from stress and worry, and many from no medical care because they cannot afford to pay the required subscription,...
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