Pastor Aggie Joramu Fombo – Part 2 (slightly delayed..)

It’s a warm welcome back to one of our previous comtributors, a former Pakati student, and now a Pastor in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Pastor Aggie first appeared here at Friends of Pakati back in March this year – https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/03/14/mrs-agatha-joramu-fombo-former-pakati-student-now-a-pastor-in-mutare-zimbabwe/ – just as the Covid19 pandemic was starting to affect many countries.

She very briefly mentioned about what she was doing after returning from Souh Africa to Zimbabwe – “I moved back to Zimbabwe last year in December and am staying in Mutare where I and my husband are pastoring. We also started a preschool in February to the underprivilledged children at a farm in Old Mutare.”

Well, it seems she is doing so much more than running a pre-school….but let’s start with that.

“Schools have been closed, but now I am busy preparing for the children Christmas presentation and their graduation, as we are re-opening the preschool that I operate on 9 November.”

Preparations are being made to reopen the pre-school

Here is what else she told me on whats app about what she is doing…

“Hello Chris.
The global pandemic has shaken the whole planet earth and our Zimbabwe has not been spared either and that means even me and my family in Mutare were not spared either. But I want to say that this season has brought a busy schedule for me both as a mother, grandma and a pastor and a student.

The woman in a green mask has an amputated leg. I gave her food parcel and clothes. She is from Watsomba, Inyanga. We are still sourcing an artificial leg for her.

I have noticed the greater need of reaching out and helping the vulnerable people in Mutare and Harare. During this pandemic I have managed to register my Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) with the Social Welfare Department, and I am happy to say I am helping people with different disabilities, people with albinism, orphaned children and adults from the less privileged families.

Shylet Watsomba…5 years old. Cerebral Palsy
Tiyane aged 7….Cerebral Palsy.

The Covid 19 season has created a platform for me and my husband to source for wheelchairs for children with Cerebral Palsy and Severe Brain Retardation.

This is Delvine Muzvidzwa. Aged 15.
I am still sourcing for a wheelchair for him and 15 more children and 2 adults.

I have managed to get zimmer walking frames and walking sticks for adults in need. I also gave out food parcels to the less privileged families. I am still going on trying to source sunscreen lotions for the people with albinism.

Here is Mr Baker and an Assistant Sister in charge of Dangamvura Local Clinic, Mutare and me….we were donating that wheelchair to the clinic.
Betty Kaja has a stroke on her left side so we gave her a walking stick

Being the Chairperson of Vanopaishe Foundation, I have a burden to help do some projects for the vulnerable people, especially starting with those in Mutare. I have 50 people with disabilities and 250 people with albinism on my database.

That is Yolanda…aged 5 she has Cerebral Palsy. She stays with her paternal grandmother on my left, as her mom deserted her long back.
That is the Yolanda I was holding in the previous photo

I am also busy doing my Dissertation for my Bachelor’s degree in Theology. My graduation is fast approaching in December this year, and it means a lot on my hands besides pastoring and being a wife and mom!

We are also going on with our Poultry farming project. It is so busy but I am excited that I am coping so well!”

Well I have to say I am so impressed with Aggie and her Husband Joe’s work ethic, and living up to their beliefs. Well done indeed!

Author:

My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and spent the last 14 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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