Whether you realize it or not, you have invisible supports that are helping you right now. There are people, institutions, and government bodies that have provided you with services and tools that you might not realize have been supporting you all along.
However, in areas such as Nyamandlovu, Zimbabwe, there are many missing supports. In this drought-prone area, many can’t produce enough food for their families. This lack of safe, plentiful water makes it difficult to meet the needs of the community, not just for food and drink, but also for sanitation and health.
When our father was alive, one of his visions was to refurbish the Igusi Hospital as a way as a way of giving back to the community. He began repairs to the hospital by installing electricity and working on the maternity ward plan, however, he was unable to see his vision completed.
My father’s name was Dondolo – which means “cane” or “support”. When he needed it, my father received assistance from his community. When he was able, he tried to return that kindness. Now that all his children are grown up, we have decided to create a non-profit organization (JB Dondolo) whose mission is to complete the work he started, by continuing to refurbish the Igusi hospital.
Our first challenge is getting safe, plentiful water to the hospital. Without this important resource, it will be difficult for doctors and nurses to create a sanitary environment.
Our next challenge will be replacing the corroded asbestos roof. As you know, asbestos is a toxic substance. We need to remove this roof, dispose of it safely, and put up a new one. We also need to replace the windows and doors, and repaint the facility. Then, we want to ensure that the hospital has adequate medical supplies to care for patients. This includes new bedding for the hospital beds, as well as more hospital beds. But we can’t do this alone. We need your support to complete this work, this legacy of our father’s generosity and kindness.
You have received years and years of blessings from your family, friends and community. Your charitable, tax-deductible donation to JB Dondolo, in memory of someone who has helped you, will help us leave a legacy of care for others. You can also comment here, with us a short story of the person that inspired you to give, and we may feature it in an upcoming blog post.