Phides Ncube is an elderly guardian who is 83 years old. She's lives her life working the land and doing odd jobs, making sure her kids grew up healthfully and decently. As the years went by and her country changed drastically, she found herself looking around for hope. With a massive drought, fields died and animals perished. Children had to leave to search for work. Some died. Some never looked back.
Now, at 83, Phides is looking after Praise Chikondo who is 16 years and Tabiso Sibanda, who is 9 years old.Tabiso’s father died 6 years ago while Praise’s father also died 6 years ago. Their mothers are gone, as well and Phides took them into her home to give them what they need to survive and grow, just as she did with her own children. Tragically, though, there isn't much to give and the three have been hungry for a long time. The children have been pulled out of school due to lack of fees, uniforms and books.
Phides says she is suffering from painful knees and that the constant hunger is a big challenge. This year, this small family found hope. HOPE, in capital letters. We gave them 3 goats. What can three goats do, really? Well, when they are pregnant, as these three were, they produce milk to drink and baby goats to grow a herd. They produce manure to grow the seeds we gave the family so that their gardens will produce vegetables. Yes, three goats = HOPE.
Now that the rains have come on Zimbabwe, there is plenty of feed for the goats and water to drink. This is the opportune time for the pregnant goats to grow and produce milk and babies. When we asked Tabiso about the meaning of this gift, he said "These goats will educate us. The milk is very nice and makes the tea very thick.”
As a mom, I know I like it when my children find comfort in the simple things of life and Tabiso has done just that..."the milk makes the tea very thick".
I love it when a dream works out this way and when a group of strangers works together to help a child on the other side of the world return to school and to find comfort in his cup of tea.
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