Christmas celebrations and New Year's feast: humedica team celebrates with elderly in Zimbabwe

by Ruth Bücker,  2010/01/20

Drugs and medical supplies, clothes and other donations in kind: this was distributed among the inhabitants of two retirement homes in Mutare/Zimbabwe by the humedica coordinators Karin Uckrow and Anna Eschweiler in the two days between Christmas and New Year.

Although our employees reported first-hand that the overall conditions at the retirement homes had improved substantially during the past year, the institutions still lack daily necessities: food, medical material and nursing staff for the inhabitants and patients of the retirement homes are scarce.

For their work, the staff of the retirement homes depends completely on donations in money and kind. For this reason, the humedica employees paid a visit to the staff and the inhabitants of the two institutions. They brought urgently needed provisions with them.

Although overall conditions in Zimbabwe have improved, support is still indispensable. Photo: humedica

The institutions' staff had already pointed out in advance that there was a particular need for drugs. Therefore, the donated relief goods consisted mainly of medications; both for general primary health care and in particular for treating elderly persons.

Furthermore, the employees of the retirement homes were pleased about medical commodities that they had not been able to procure in Zimbabwe for years. The joy and gratitude of both the employees and the inhabitants of the retirement homes had been immense, told coordinator Karin Uckrow.

The gratitude expressed towards them, the help they had been able to offer and the pleasure they had given had absolutely compensated for the work of handing over the donations. However, the staff and the inhabitants of the retirement homes did not think so.

Therefore, in order to express their thanks, the inhabitants of the retirement home Zororai Old Peoples Home invited the humedica team to their Christmas celebration. And then, the humedica employees were furthermore invited as guests of honour to the New Year's feast at the retirement home Strickland Lodge.

Dear friends and sponsors of the work of humedica, please continue supporting our work in Zimbabwe also in future by means of a donation to the account below:
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference "Zimbabwe"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren


The inhabitants of the retirement homes we supplied, expressed their gratitude by means of inviting the humedica team to a Christmas celebration and a New Year’s feast Photo: humedica

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