Mai Duri-led artists give Chinhoyi elderly a rare treat
By Patience Makukutu
ARTISTES led by gospel musician Edwick Duri popular as Mai Duri recently partnered with Wonder Women to donate groceries and clothes to donate to the elderly at Nazareth Shelter in Chinhoyi.
Mai Duri, Evernice Jeche and former Miss Curvy Charity Queen Joy Tapuwanashe Nemaungwe also took time to entertain the elderly with a song “Mwari Makanaka.”
They also prayed and held discussions with them as they narrated their life journey and how they came to the home.
“We were raised in families and miss our family members,” was a popular sentiment expressed by the elderly people at Nazareth Shelter.
This came as no surprise as the family unit, which can be described as a group of people who are related by kinship ties, is one of the most important social institutions in societies.
However, these elderly, who are mostly of Malawian or Zambian origin have no nuclear family or extended family in Zimbabwe.
They opened up to Zim Community News during the visit that they yearned to go back to their home country.
Apart from the deteriorating living conditions from the worsening economic conditions, most of the older people suffer from ageism or age discrimination and prejudice.
According to Elizabeth Phiri, one of the elderly women from Malawi, she was brought to the home through Welfare department of Social Welfare.
“l worked for whites (people) years ago and when l was pensioned, l came through the Welfare department,” she said.
One of the men at the home, Shekede Tsvagirai, said he came through the same government department after he had sought treatment for an eye sight problem.
Mai Duri who lives in Harare, said her passion was to help the less privileged members in society.
She gave an example of how the late Jairosi Jiri helped the disabled and those in need.
“l had a job to help those in need, that is what the Bible teaches us,” she added.
Arthur, her son, testified that his purpose in life was to help the less privileged.