Call to help desperate family

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Wicky Moffat, originally from Zimbabwe, now works as a project manager.
Camera IconWicky Moffat, originally from Zimbabwe, now works as a project manager. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian.

Geraldton residents hope to fund a water source in a remote Zimbabwean village to help a single mother living in severe poverty with four disabled children.

The initiative was spearheaded by Sun City Christian Church member Wicky Moffat, who broke down in tears when he watched a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation report on the mother.

The report showed Dzosai Gonamombe walking for hours per day to get water, while her physically and intellectually disabled children — some of whom have to crawl to move — were left on their own with six other small children.

Mrs Gonamombe’s husband died a year ago and her family has been rejected by other villagers, who suspect her disabled children are the result of witchcraft.

The special-needs Gonamombe children all sleep in the same bed, wrapped in blankets described as “too dirty to clean a toilet with”.

The children have never received medical attention and sometimes the family goes without food.

Mr Moffat, originally from Zimbabwe, contacted the ZBC reporter, who explained the isolated mother had no phone and she would have to drive back to the village — about 500km south-east of the nearest city — to facilitate a conversation.

Mr Moffat convinced the reporter to revisit and he spoke to Mrs Gonamombe over the phone. After the conversation, he disseminated the ZBC report and started to raise funds to sink a bore in the remote village to remove the need to travel for water.

Mr Moffat contacted a drilling company and received an estimate of $5000 to cover the logistical expenses of remote area work.

He and the church community have already raised $2500.

“We’re halfway there,” Mr Moffat said.

“We just need as much of the community involved as possible.”

Since the ZBC report aired, the Zimbabwean Government has reportedly sent a social worker to check on the welfare of the Gonamombe family.

Mr Moffat understands the Government is highly dysfunctional and under-resourced, saying outside help is needed.

To donate, contact Sun City Christian Centre on 9964 1000.

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