Fellowship in aid of Gogo

2018-07-05 06:01
Elderly Elsie Gayiya (black jersey) received food parcel from the members of United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship in Lower Crossroads. Sitting next to her is Sylvia Nontange (her friend). PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Elderly Elsie Gayiya (black jersey) received food parcel from the members of United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship in Lower Crossroads. Sitting next to her is Sylvia Nontange (her friend). PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Members of the United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship (UMCYF) in Lower Crossroads donated food parcels to a needy family in the area last week.

The congregants, accompanied by senior members form the church, visited Elsie Gayiya in an attempt to show her love.

This after she had spent six months in hospital.

The 72-year-old suffers from arthritis and stays alone in her house.

President of the UMCYF, Ziyanda Tobie, described the surprise visit to the family as part of their programme.

“One of our programs is to visit vulnerable people and underprivileged homes to assist where we can.

“We chose this family after hearing of the plight of Mama Gayiya ... That she is staying alone and has no one to look after her.

“So we thought of giving her something as a sign of showing love,” Tobie said.

Tobie added that they heard of Gayiya through a network of field workers in the church.

Tobie said other programmes run by the UMCYF include community services, world friendship, evangelism and recreation.

After receiving UMCYF donation, Gayiya thanked the congregants for their support and wished them all the best.

“I am so happy ... I didn’t expect this to happen. I wish God can protect them all the time,” she said.

Gayiya survives on old age pension.

She has five children, all of whom stay in their own houses.

“They visit sometimes, but most of the time I am staying alone.

“I am depending to my neighbours because are they are the ones looking after me,” she said.

Gayiya’s friend and neighbour, Sylvia Nontsange, said they spend most of their time together.

“I visit her every day. She is like a sister to me.

“When she is sick or sometimes struggling to stand up, I assist and lift her up,” said Nontsange.

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