Gift got what he thought was a good deal for sorghum seed, with the company, National Tested Seeds, promising to deliver the consignment to Tshelanyemba. On 20 December they phoned him saying “they spent the day running around looking for fuel. They said that if they manage to get it they are hoping to arrive today (21st). There is a fuel crisis. People are forced to spend nights queueing for fuel.”
This morning Gift confirmed that the delivery arrived on Friday 21st, in 50 kg bags! On Wednesday 26th clients came to collect them, referred by area co-ordinators, the Opportunistic Infections Clinic and the Family Health Clinic. Still don’t know how they managed to divide up the sacks into smaller portions…
Funds transferred in 2018
In the past year Matilda has sent just under €116,000 to Zimbabwe, divided about 60:40 between CCP, Willard’s work, and TACPP, Gift’s programme. There are also a small number of donors in the UK who send their gifts through ACET UK to reduce currency transactions. Another £3,500 went from the UK, which does not go through Matilda’s accounts. This is wonder-full, a joy to be part of. You are the givers who “get nothing back”, not even a Christmas greeting. Nothing tangible anyway!
December was a month with a series of donations arriving, some anonymously, some as a result of a lot of hard work fund-raising. The bank balance doubled in one week. As well as the relief and delight of that, it also feels like preparation for a tough year ahead for Zimbabwe.
At New Year my mother used to quote a poem by Minnie Haskins:
“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
All the best to you and yours for 2019,