Masvingo in its own small way, has helped a number of people through hard times. Toko Charumbira, left, bought this unfinished house in 1994, but has not been able to improve it, as she has enough income to feed her family only.
Living in a small community outside the township of Masvingo, Toko rents the rooms to school children whose families live too distant for them to travel to and from home each day. Lights are provided via a lead coming from the small shed behind the house where Toko lives with her children. She has been battling this way since her husband left in 1989. Her main income is derived from selling artwork and she couchettes beautiful table cloths.
Masvingo deposits money into her account from time to time.
Charles Katsina is a member of the National Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Chitungwiza.
He revealed that the congregation is under threat of eviction due to the owner having new plans for the building. Pictured here is Doug Dicker with the elders of the church after he donated money for land so a new church could be built. It was the first time a European has ever visited the church.
The only donation by a European.
The single largest donation ever.
It’s not enough but it’s a start.
Takangovada (TJ) Pafirejeyi had contracted malaria sometime before he was associated with Masvingo but announced he still had attacks, so the business paid for any medication that was needed for six months. All seemed fine when TJ one day disappeared and no one knew where he was. After looking for him at the house he rented, we were told he had moved. It was three weeks later that his wife announce that TJ had passed away after serious complications with Malaria. Why the medicationdid not work, if he was taking it, no one knows. Masvingo paid towards his funeral. TJ (1953 – 2002).
Elisha Tapfumaneyi (left) was a gifted sculptor. The Zulu warrior he carved for a client of Masvingo is carved from a solid lump of springstone, a hard a durable stone.
Elisha was associated on and off with Masvingo and was always welcomed when he carved for the business. Elisha was ill with TB, and for a long time the x-rays and treatments were paid by Masvingo even if he was working elsewhere. Unfortunately, he seldom took the medicationas prescribed and fell extremely ill. Masvingo bought food for him and family when he was too weak to work and looked in on him often
Nyamadzawo (Biggie) Chingombe, and his family who are associated with Masvingo, had everything stolen from their small house. Nothing was left behind. Masvingo bought a stove, fridge, clothes and food to get them started, and people who knew the business have also sent funds to help them get back on their feet.
The family of Blessing Mupinga cannot afford to pay for her school fees during these hard times. masvingo has paid for the year of 2003.
The children hold a special spot for the Masvingo Team. Each trip brings cloths, games and books for them. Little Florence Sandaramu was thrilled to receive her outfit. As was her brother next to her.