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Lady Di's old age home penniless

2012-05-10 21:53

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.

Comments
  • Nerina Truter Smith - 2012-05-10 22:17

    Why dont they call on help from the British Empire. Surely there must be funds available from her late estate for such purposes

      Chaapo - 2012-05-11 03:01

      Because RGM said I will keep "my Zimbabwe", has told the Brits to stay away and has been turning a blind eye to the harassment of NGOs so I am assuming he is supposed to assume the responsibilities to mediate the problems that ensue from that declaration and the decisions made.

      Jacob - 2012-05-11 05:23

      Agh! N get looted?

  • Debbie - 2012-05-10 22:28

    How heartbreaking that these old people are forced to do this in their twilight years while Mugabe lives the life of Riley. I'll be really upset if there is no hell.

      Jacob - 2012-05-11 05:20

      Thats empowerment. Bob says, unlike Soweto.

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-05-10 22:50

    Sad.......not because of Diana but because of old people!

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-05-11 05:19

    Western propaganda Zimbobwe's economy is still strong and the aged are well looked after by the mugabe govt ;) and if the British govt gave money for the home it would end up in someone else's bank acc like cmde RGM acc for his wifes next shopping spree

  • Alan - 2012-05-11 06:58

    Kill bobejaan & redistribute all his millions !

  • Sharon - 2012-05-11 07:59

    the west should have got rid of the knob years ago,you can blame this on their lack of interest in african countries wich dont have mineral wealth that benefits them

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-11 16:18

    It just shows that africans will always look for handouts.

  • gift.musarurwa - 2012-05-16 07:04

    Banda known for composing "Anopenga Anewaya" we held the first public meeting at Cyril Jennings Hall to solicit help from businessmen to help the aged at Kumachembere Old Highfield opposite the Prison. Mr. Samuriwo who ran rural buses donated the first ten thousand dollars. We held the first "Pop Festivasl at Gwanzura Stadium to raise the funds. Companies such as BAT , Rothman’s and Coca Cola chipped in also generously donating in kind and materials. Later their home was moved from Kumachembere Old Highfield to Kwasupretendant opposite Egypt Ma Shortlines. Slowly but surely SODA was giving shelter and comfort to the Destitute and Aged. This was all done by Zimbos .. without Princess Diana.. Please spare us the Dignity..that we cannot help our elderly without Princess Diana.. Infuriating to say the least.

  • gift.musarurwa - 2012-05-16 07:10

    It is indeed Very Depressing to read about financial hurdles that the Society for the Destitute and Aged - SODA is reportedly facing. I happen to have participated in muting the idea of founding SODA back in 1967 at our then Galaxy Musical Club at the Highfield Youth Centre (formerly Chengu primary school)) Princess Diana then Diana Spencer was a seven year old toddler! Along with Peter Jack Sango, Charles Mutembo, Davies Kanyama Moses Bhekilanga Kabubi nd Banda known for composing "Anopenga Anewaya" we held the first public meeting at Cyril Jennings Hall to solicit help from businessmen to help the aged at Kumachembere Old Highfield opposite the Prison. Mr. Samuriwo who ran rural buses donated the first ten thousand dollars. We held the first "Pop Festivasl at Gwanzura Stadium to raise the funds. Companies such as BAT , Rothman’s and Coca Cola chipped in also generously donating in kind and materials. Later their home was moved from Kumachembere Old Highfield to Kwasupretendant opposite Egypt Ma Shortlines. Slowly but surely SODA was giving shelter and comfort to the Destitute and Aged. This was all done by Zimbos .. without Princess Diana.. Please spare us the Dignity..that we cannot help our elderly without Princess Diana.. Infuriating to say the least.

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