While we in Australia continue to feel secure in the way the Covid-19 pandemic is being managed, the elderly folk of Zimbabwe live in fear.
Sometimes the only contact they have with a friendly voice is when a ZANE team member gives them a call or sends them a message.
We thought we would share with you some of the replies that have been received via text message so you can see how important the work of ZANE is and to encourage all our donors that the money they give is so very well spent.
Messages To ZANE
John had another small stroke on Saturday; the second one in the past four months. He is back in his cottage, but has to take it very easy and try and avoid stress. John has no Medical Aid and is completely dependent on ZANE for all medical expenses. John also had prostate problems which cause him considerable anxiety. When I phoned him to find out how he was he was very tearful and said “I know I’d be dead now if it wasn’t for you and the things you do for me.”
“Are there enough or correct words to express our gratitude to others who help the people who don’t know which way to turn. When you feel guilty for living and being a burden to all. All I can say due to the kindness of you we have friends. Our life changed from despair to hope. May life treat all of you kindly as you have treated us.”
“Thanks for the many years of support afforded me, I know I would not have coped with the many challenges we have here apart from the generosity of the donors. Having medical aid is probably my most important need, even though thank the Lord, I have been remarkably well although as you know I have had serious health issues in the past. I am able to basically financially fend for myself. I am truly blessed, thank you for care and concern for me.”
“We are so grateful for all the help you have given us over the past few years from the Pensioners Fund. The Funds are mostly used for the medications for Tammy to suppress her Epilepsy, For Jenny to curb high blood pressure, Sugar levels and pain and angina and for myself to suppress Cancer that can occur after a prostate op. Once again thank you for all that you have done for us. “
“As a widow with a heart problem and l cannot begin to express my thanks to the donors who make my life livable and assist me in paying the massive shortfalls for medication. I am at a loss for words, as being old at this time in a country where there is no state assistance makes one very vulnerable. God bless you all and keep you safe.”
“I am truly grateful for the aid I receive from Pensioners Aid. I am doing caring in the UK to send money home for my husband in Zim. At the moment I am unable to get to work as I’m over 70 and one of the ‘Vulnerable.’ Your funds help me pay rent and buy groceries for my husband, who relies on me completely. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity.”
“I don’t know how I would cope if I did not receive the help you arrange for me. I am 80, a widow and have one son who is employed and living on the other side of the country. I don’t waste a single cent of the money I receive from you every month and don’t buy any luxuries and use it a frugal manner for basic food, medicine and electricity. Thank you so much, God bless you.”
“I have Parkinson’s and am experiencing many challenges in everyday life. My doctor is trying to stabilize me. The cost of medication is overwhelming and all has to be paid in US dollars. With your help you make things possible for me and I appreciate this so much. May God bless and keep you well.”
“Being a diabetic on insulin gives me quite a challenge. Your help has made life bearable and much less stressful as it pays my medical aid and buys insulin and essential food supplies. To all concerned, thank you so much.”
Care Home (Marondera) (25 destitute resident pensioners)
“At this critical time of the corona virus and the shutdown of our country, it has become so difficult to cope. Please convey our sincere gratitude and thanks to all who have been assisting us and we would appreciate it if they do not tire in doing this work they have been doing. We would appreciate further assistance either on food, sanitation, medication and fuel in case we are faced with any sickness since our group is the most vulnerable. Once again thank you so much for everything”
Old Peoples Home (Mutare) (14 destitute resident pensioners)
“We are very thankful for the funds and support we are getting from the ZANE. The donation assisted us to buy some groceries to ensure food security and better hygiene for the elderly people. It is indeed great honor to have people from the society who are concerned with the welfare of the residents.”
*Names may have been changed
The ZANE fieldworkers work so hard to keep the pensioners they support in good spirits and give them hope to carry on. Please help them to continue their important work by donating to ZANE.