With everyone’s amazing support we managed to get all our Golden Oldies adopted for Christmas this year.
For the updated name list of golden Oldies still needing to be adopted.
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With the Solar Light drive and its success, thanks to all Donors and participants, the Units distributed are still very much the talk of the towns centers, bringing communication to loved ones and light once to The African Sun Sets, as was said to me by a great number of folks, in and outside of the centers. They are tired and gatvol. They cannot live on promises not fore filled. Daily and without warning circumstances change, costs spiral out of reach, for not only the older folks, but the basic residents of Zimbabwe. What if any direction is the Country going?
It’s that time of the year again and we at the ZPSF would like to be able to make the upcoming Christmas of 2019 extra special for our pensioners. As a Fund we rely solely on donations to do what we do. We receive no funding from any Government organization.
With the recent electricity cuts in Zimbabwe and our successful solar lamp drive, I got a sense of what Florence Nightingale may have felt as she traipsed around the Crimean hospital wards 160 years ago, bringing light to those in darkness, tending to the wounded. Our Zim Pensioners are in darkness and they’re also wounded. They are emotionally, economically, physically and mentally wounded and exhausted with their plight as old folk in Zimbabwe. Many of those I spoke to on this trip are just done with it all. When I asked a fellow in Harare (a successful non- Pensioner), who is normally upbeat and optimistic about the country, how he was? He said, simply “I am tired….”
We are in the last stretch before I leave with my other half (Johan Schultz) to go to Zimbabwe for my annual wellness check at all the Homes to see how things are going. This gives me the opportunity to check on special needs / meds requirements. I will also be sorting out the final details for the Solar kits to be distributed shortly all around Zimbabwe to the homes. We have only 95 of the 730 kits that still need to be sponsored, I am speechless and sitting here with tears in my eyes. You are all truly amazing, THANK YOU!!!!.
Once again, we are happy to report back to you our faithful supporters, donors and friends of the Fund. There is one thing that I have found on my recent trips is that no matter how much you prepare yourself mentally, for what you know you are going to experience, it is not enough.
Our Winter / June trip is just around the corner once again. With winter coming up with a vengeance and this being a very cold and miserable time for our elderly pensioners we are trying to raise funds to increase the amount of Soup and Beans etc. that we can put in their individual boxes. We are also trying to increase amount of basic Flu meds and boosters we can take up. The paperwork was a dash of an issue as the office issuing the final License To Import Goods had no books to issue the permits. So we have had an almost 2 week delay on that front. However, the paperwork was received yesterday and has been couriered to our Clearing Agent.
On behalf of the Zimbabwe Pensioner Supporter Fund and our 1350 pensioners we are currently supporting I would like to thank you all once again for your wonderful support. A big thank you to our monthly donors, it is a relief to know that we can count on you. To our once-off and anonymous donors thank you, your open hearts continue to amaze us! The ZPSF would never be able to sustain our regular supply of relief parcels if it were not for donations and support such as yours.
Directors: Johannes Botha Linda Schultz Michael Naude Ryan Botha Johan Schultz Mission Statement: This is a Non-Profitable Organisation and was formed to provide Pensioners throughout Zimbabwe with food and basic medicine networking with relevant bodies and institutions; and in humble gratitude to God Almighty. The ZPSF was started in 2002 and became…
The tenacity and resilience of these special Pensioners left behind in Zimbabwe is just friggen astonishing! These are people that laugh in the face of adversity. I try to laugh with them but find myself closer to tears than laughter. This trip confused my emotions more than ever. The pit in my stomach was constant. I was sadder than usual but laughed more than usual.
Time is flying, so I am challenging everyone out there to try and make a contribution, no matter how small, it makes a difference. We are busy working like crazy preparing for our Easter trip and we are looking to make it as special as possible especially in light of what has gone on the past few months. So guys I am counting on your generosity and continued support to help me make this a reality for them. Without you aid we cannot do what we do, YOU make our wheels turn and ensure our Golden Oldies have a reason to smile and carry on. THANK YOU!!!!
I would like to firstly take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a prosperous 2019.
On behalf of the Zimbabwe Pensioner Supporter Fund and our 1300+ pensioners we are currently supporting I would like to thank you all once again for your wonderful support over the past year. A big thank you to our monthly donors, it is a relief to know that we can count on you. To our once-off and anonymous donor’s thank you, your open hearts continue to amaze us! The ZPSF would never be able to sustain our regular supply of relief parcels if it were not for donations and support such as yours.