Many of you will have been following the story of Mary* over the last few months and wondering how she is doing after being admitted to a local frail care hospital with two broken arms.
We have such GOOD NEWS to tell – a wonderfully generous donor in Australia has come forward and offered to cover the full fees for Mary at the frail care home – this means that Mary can now stay at the home for the rest of her life and never have to return to the tented camp.
Mary wept for joy when we told her she would be able to remain in this safe, caring and loving environment and that she would not have to worry any longer about how she would manage when she had to return to living in a tent with no easy access to any of the amenities most of us take for granted.
The process of recovery after suffering her two broken arms has been slow and painful – the arms were not set properly at the government hospital she attended. She has been having physiotherapy and, little by little, recovering some of the strength in her arms but there is still a long way to go.
Mary’s brother, who also lives in Australia, has been battling to cover the costs of the medical treatment she needs and has been selling farm produce to try and enhance his meagre income and send money for his sister who he has not seen for many years.
He wrote this letter of thanks:
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for the wonderful care you have given my sister. For several years I have been sending what little money I could to help her but when the bond notes came in, even this avenue was closed to me. Then a friend of mine (ex-Zimbo) told me about ZANE Australia and I contacted their administrator here. Within a matter of days, I was able to send money through to Mary and know that she was being visited and cared for.
After the accident I was absolutely desperate as I could not get in touch with her. Again I contacted ZANE Australia and they soon were able to reassure me that she was in good hands and a in safe place. However, my worries were not over as I knew there was no way I could pay the fees at the place she was staying.
Then ZANE contacted me to tell me the quite amazing news that a private donor in Australia had come forward and offered to pay for Mary to stay at the home.
What can I say? This kind of compassion for the people in Zimbabwe who have been left destitute is almost beyond understanding. Thank you ZANE and the wonderful donor – you have saved my sister’s life and, I know, countless others like her.
* Names and images have been changed for security reasons.