Harare – Impala Car Rental through their Alfred Dondo Foundation have been on an intensive philanthropic drive, which has seen them reach places as far as Nyanga helping the disadvantaged.
Last Friday the Foundation’s light shone on Gloria Dzora of Domboshava, who was abandoned by her father 20 years ago because of her disability.
It took the heart of her uncle Arthur Dzora and his wife Skeva Rubero to take her in and give her the utmost care they could. For the past 17 years, the 27 year old handicapped woman has been living with these two.
Last Friday, Impala Car Rental through their Alfred Dondo Foundation found it in them to donate a wheelchair and some groceries for the upkeep of Grace, her uncle and Skeva Rubero who has been taking care of her.
Rubero’s tears were a testimony of how life has been unbearable for Gloria who has had to crawl around the yard as she literally never almost went elsewhere.
Gloria’s father dumped her as he left for Mozambique resulting in Skeva and her husband Arthur Dzora deciding in taking care of Gloria as their own child.
The whole family believes that the donation has revived her wish to persue her education.
“This wheelchair is going to help me pursue my dreams. I have always wanted to go to school but I have not been able to do so. But now that I have this wheelchair, I will get to start getting some education so that I can have something to do on my own,” Gloria said.
Deprived of family love at the age of just seven when her mother died, hers is a story of torment, pain and misery.
Soon after her mother’s death, his father immediately afterwards took his other three able bodied children, left for Mozambique and has never been seen again.
But his own younger brother and his wife, having a heart of gold, took custody of the girl and for 20 years, they have had to take shifts to carry her from one place to the other as she is completely immobile.
She has not been able to go to school either.
Their fortunes however took a turn for the better last Friday when they, for the first time, received a wheelchair donation for the first time from the Alfred Dondo Foundation
She together with her husband Arthur Dzora took over the guardianship of the child after his father dumped her and left for Mozambique.
“She had no wheel chair and going around was a major challenge,” narrated Dzora as she wiped away tears.
“Life has not been easy for her because even going to school has been a major challenge due to her condition,” she said.
For the past 20 years they have been staying with her, they have seen a lot and the donation came as a huge relief to them.
“We have seen a lot and major challenge was a wheel chair and from the bottom of my heart i want to thank Impala Car Rental for their kind gesture. This will go a long way in alleviating her challenge,” she said.
“I want to thank Impala Car Rental for coming to assist us because we have been in a difficult situation. Wheel chair and the groceries will take us somewhere,” she said.
Impala Car Rental’s brand and project manager Tracy Ngoma said they will keep on assisting the family.
“Being touched by her situation our company through Alfred Dondo Foundation has found it fit to assist. Of course we have come with a wheel chair and groceries but we will continue to find ways of assisting her,” she said.