A Zimbabwean widow discovers the joy of the saying ‘munhu munhu pavanhu*’ thanks to a Tearfund partner (and some goats).
*Yes, you will find out what it means – read on!
Of all that Patience Maoko endured, the isolation was among the very worst trials of all…
Patience lives in Coronation Village Zimbabwe, with her three children. In 2013 her husband died, leaving her without a breadwinner as well as a companion.
Some neighbours did their best to support Patience. However the whole village was short of food and they had to stop for their own survival.
She resorted to going into the bush to pick wild fruit – competing with monkeys and baboons for food. Meanwhile her children dropped out of school as they were fainting in class from hunger. Their self-esteem plummeted. In spite of living in the middle of the village, Patience and her family felt truly alone.
‘When you don’t have anyone to tell your problems to, the only thing you can think of is letting yourself die,’ she explains. ‘But then I would look at my children and I would cry because I knew they would suffer even more if I died.’