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Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund

The Zimbabwean pensioners are now worse off than ever before.

The first thing one needs to understand is that almost 90% of the pensioners do not have a pension. They did make adequate provision for their old age and originally retired comfortably. However, as Zimbabwe's inflation went up into the "billions" of percent, the government kept taking off zeroes in an attempt to stabilize the economy.

Overnight in January 2010 the reserve bank removed another 12 zeroes and people who had billions of Zim dollars were paupers the next day. Pensioners are now at the mercy of Samaritans that will reach out to them. That is where the Zimbabwe Pensioners Support Fund comes in. The fund was established in 2002 to help a few needy people in an old age home.

The situation has grown to where we currently help about 1600 individuals with an apple box size non-perishable food hamper in 28 old age homes throughout Zimbabwe. We also assist similar organizations such as "S.O.A.P" and Bulawayo Help Network by transporting unobtainable goods.

With two large trucks we shift around 17-22 tons of non-perishable food and medical aides such as wheelchairs, crutches, walking aids, hearing aids, spectacles and non-scheduled medicines in each trip. I am appealing to you to please assist us in this cause. Financial help is most needed.

Your donations are important to the survival of our wonderful Golden Oldies. Our elderly pensioners are very proud and are not looking for sympathy; however they greatly appreciate any and all assistance we are able to supply them with. They do not have any means of conveying their gratitude to all of you our supporters, but convey their thanks to us on the ground(Via letters and words of thanks which are often published for you to see) and are often reduced to tears when given a box of very basic foodstuffs.

We also need some sponsors for diesel fuel. We travel to Zimbabwe every 8 weeks or so and we use between 2100 to 2400 litres per trip. We are a registered NPO as well as a PBO so your donation is tax deductible In South Africa, USA and the UK. We Can only continue to do what we are with YOUR the publics support. Thank you and God Bless.