CHANGE A LIFE concert organisers have brought smiles to a Nyanga family that is struggling with a rare disease called keratoderma which is characterised by thickening of the skin.
The Alfred Dondo Foundation (ADF), which is behind the annual Change a Life Concert, donated some groceries over the weekend to the family that has been surviving on wild fruits for the past couple of days is made up of a mother, Ronica Kembo (52), her two daughters, Chisina and Nhamo in their late 20s, and their five children – all afflicted by the same disease.
“I have realised that God is for us all. Imagine we used to survive on wild fruits as we have nothing here. With the national lockdown in place, everyone is focusing on his or family leaving the poor to die. I do not know how best I can thank the Lord for directing Alfred Dondo Foundation (ADF) here,” Kembo said.
Keratoderma may be inherited (hereditary) or, more commonly, acquired.
“What was in our mind we travelled to Nyanga was not what we saw. It’s pathetic and we call upon other well wishers to intervene and save this inflicted family,” ADF’s Tracy Ngoma said.
The ADF pledged to continue working with the family found in Kagosa village under Chief Ruwanga in Nyanga for their basic needs.
“We have been touched by their plight and we will continue to cultivate this relationship with the family to alleviate their situation,” she said.
Prior to Nyanga donation, the ADF helped upcoming Zimdancehall chanter Micho Bacho in Chitungwiza with some groceries and a new wheelchair among other goodies.
Some of their beneficiaries include Melfort Old People’s Home located near Marondera and more than 60 vulnerable children mainly in Sadza and Chivhu districts.
Founded in 2014, ADF is a non-profit organisation named after Impala Car Rentals director Thomson Dondo’s brother Alfred (now late) who had passion in humanitarian work.
It started with 25 children.
On an annual basis, the ADF hosts Change a Life Concert in Harare for the benefit of the marginalised people.
Previously, the event had featured musicians such as South African rapper Nasty C, Nigerian star Davido and King98 among others.