Lady Di's old age home penniless

2012-05-10 21:53

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Harare - Workers at a facility for the poor elderly in a Zimbabwe township say there's no money to keep the home running two decades after it was opened by Britain's Princess Diana during her African charity crusades.

Administrator Louise Allaart said on Thursday the Society for the Aged Destitute has been forced to reduce the number of elderly given shelter because funding has dried up. She said it has space for 50 people but now only cares for 24 and has only a few months of funding left.

The late Princess Diana opened the home in 1993 as patron of the international HelpAge charity. A sign outside still honors her enormous popularity. The plight of the home is seen as a reflection of Diana's dying legacy in Africa.

After years of economic meltdown in this southern African country, those turned away from the home resort to begging on the township streets.

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