Tuesday, 3 September 2013

This is an urgent story about a young 18 year old woman in desperate need of help. In telling this story it’s our hope you, or someone you know may have it in your heart to share give hope, and the bare essential needs we, as humans all deserve. This young woman was the sixth child born to parents who died when she was still very young. As a result of her parent’s death her uncle and his second wife gave her housing after the first wife died. In the home she is labeled as an “orphan”, segregated and made to feel unworthy. She is given little food and must prepare her own meals separate from the rest of the family as the aunt believes she may poison them. She receives physical and emotional abuse within the home and feels the exclusion and discrimination. Due to social, financial and health problems she has only a grade 7 education. She has battled health problems all her life and in 2010 was diagnosed with Diabetes requiring insulin injections 2X/day. At such a young age she also has eye cataracts as a result of the diabetes but the doctors won’t operate. She has only 2 molar teeth and the decay in her mouth is painful, let alone the issues regarding consuming food. She also has 2 toes badly infected requiring daily dressings. Despite the destitution this woman has lived and continues to live in she has the dream of becoming a dressmaker so she can be independent. Right now the primary needs are: 1. Daily insulin, needles and syringes for diabetes. 2. Care for her cataracts. 3. Dental care. 4. Dressings, medication for her feet. 5. Basic food and shelter. Without proper nutrition her diabetes will continue to affect her long-term health. Without medical assistance her life is in danger. Without financial help this woman has no hope for a future. If you, or anyone you know can find it in your heart to donate any amount to help you would be giving this woman hope and health.
  • This is an urgent story about a young 18 year old woman in desperate need of help. In telling this story it’s our hope you, or someone you know may have it in your heart to share give hope, and the bare essential needs we, as humans all deserve. This young woman was the sixth child born to parents who died when she was still very young. As a result of her parent’s death her uncle and his second wife gave her housing after the first wife died. In the home she is labeled as an “orphan”, segregated and made to feel unworthy. She is given little food and must prepare her own meals separate from the rest of the family as the aunt believes she may poison them. She receives physical and emotional abuse within the home and feels the exclusion and discrimination. Due to social, financial and health problems she has only a grade 7 education. She has battled health problems all her life and in 2010 was diagnosed with Diabetes requiring insulin injections 2X/day. At such a young age she also has eye cataracts as a result of the diabetes but the doctors won’t operate. She has only 2 molar teeth and the decay in her mouth is painful, let alone the issues regarding consuming food. She also has 2 toes badly infected requiring daily dressings. Despite the destitution this woman has lived and continues to live in she has the dream of becoming a dressmaker so she can be independent. Right now the primary needs are: 1. Daily insulin, needles and syringes for diabetes. 2. Care for her cataracts. 3. Dental care. 4. Dressings, medication for her feet. 5. Basic food and shelter. Without proper nutrition her diabetes will continue to affect her long-term health. Without medical assistance her life is in danger. Without financial help this woman has no hope for a future. If you, or anyone you know can find it in your heart to donate any amount to help you would be giving this woman hope and health.

    Saturday, 10 August 2013

    Source of information is from the mother. Mother was born 1972 the mother of the boy. She was married twice and both husbands passed away living her in custody of 5 children. In her first marriage she had two sons and in the second marriage she had 3 daughters. She acquired a birth certificate for the boy in her surname because of a conflicting relationship with husband family members. The other boy acquired her birth certificate when her father was still alive. The mother and 5 children live in one room. The oldest child is 20 years and she is seeing this situation as not normal. Their main source of income is through buying and sellingmilk and all fast selling foods. Theconflicting relationship is between the mother and aunt as well as other members of the family from both families she was married. She indicated to me that the conflict started when she rejected to take an offer to be inherited as per their families’ beliefs. Currently, she has problem with her right eye not seeing and it has a growth in it. She explained that an amount of $300.00 USD is required for her to get treatment. She is suspecting that the eye problem is the side effects of Antiretroviral (ARVS). On the day we made a home visit they had borrowed a plate of meal-meal from grandmother who used to help them when they have a need. They are surviving under a very difficult situation because she was not feeling well as I observed. They have been removed from Mashambanzou feeding scheme and all her support system are not helpful hence life become very difficult for them. 2.2. Problem or need identified The mother had sight problem which really needs organization’s assistance with a total of 300.00 USD for her to get treatment. The family really needs to be provided with food packs at least once per month. From my observation it is not surprising to hear that one daythe whole family gone to bed without eating anything. 2.3.Psychosocial support needs SPANS will provide ongoing individual counseling to the mother and the beneficiaries to find possible ways on how they can start to raise income differently. SPANS will also find other ways to support these children start and help the mother currently suffering with a condition that keeps her from providing the bare essentials for her family. 3. Conclusion and Recommendations I observed that this family is struggling to make a living considering that the mother had eye sight problem. Conflicting relationship on this family will make life difficult for the children and the mother since communication and support from family members has been blocked. I am hoping if funds permit, to assist the family with food packs and income generating projects as well as continue providing individual sessions to resolve conflict and support all concerned.
    Source of information was from a mother(widower). She was the second born in a family of three children. Born in 1966 and she attended school up to grade seven. She was married twice and in the first marriage the husband passed away. In the second marriage the husband passed away in 2007 leaving two children who are struggling to go to school because of financial problems. Tendai, the mother and her family are surviving through buying and selling vegetables and tomatoes at Musha Shopping Centre. Problem or need identified In this family according to the mother they had challenges in raising money for food, medical aid, school fees, clothesand rentals. The main source of income is from buying and selling of tomatoes and vegetables. When these items are not available in the market or the cost is increased from the market they find it difficult to make a living. The mother lost her status, currently on Antiretroviral drugs (ARVS). Mother indicated to me that the girl is refusing to go to church although she had a talent and being a leader for the young generation in Zoaga. The girl aged 17 years and doing form 4 entered into a relationship with a boy aged 18 years doing form 3( his grade in school) but he was repeating after he failed in the first setting for ordinary level examinations, both going at the same school. Considering, the family member’s expectation to the girl and her age the mother failed to accept the nature of the relationship which forced the mother to bring the girl for counselling. The mother she was also very worried that why her child did that whilst she is still going to school. She expected her to do school first then boyfriends latter. The mother considered it as an early type of relationship that was going to result in early marriages. The issue of the boyfriend, during our discussion mother indicated to me that they went further to engage church elders and a family member to try to resolve the issue. Also the mother indicated to me that she went further to talk with the boyfriend over the relationship but nothing was changed. During the discussion the mother said she tasked her child not to go to hidden place with a boyfriend. Mother indicated to me that the child is cooperating. After we had 3 consecutive sessions the mother indicated to me that the child had changed she was no long go on public with her boyfriend and even have a clear understand of the intervention and the concerns from both parts who were talking to her. 2.3. Psychosocial support needs SPANS will provide ongoing individual counseling to the girl and the family to see whether we can resolve the issue of boyfriend. 3. Conclusion and Recommendations I had time to understand the family and its challenges that will assist us in decision making. The mother was very cooperative during the discussion. The family is in need of school fees, food packs, clothes and medical support if funds permit. I hope we will keep on supporting the family considering the challenges they are facing.

    Sunday, 30 June 2013

    Commerations of the Day Of The African Child, Society for Pre and Post Natal Services joins the rest of the African Countries to commemorate the Day of The Afican Child by holding an outreach program (road show) at Machipisa Shopping Centre on the 29th of June 2013

    Friday, 5 April 2013

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