When Ronica a Kembo woke up on Monday last week she prayed to God as she watched helplessly her family that lives with a rare condition which causes cracked heels and palms which are often bloodied.
She could not help as most people turned her away without any assistance making her life unbearable.
Only wild fruits were saving her but children were slowly showing signs of malnutrition.
The coronavirus pandemic made her life worse as most families had enough for themselves.
A nearby school Emmanuel High School in Ruwangwe was closed and they could not do anything.
Narrating her ordeal, Kembo said the situation was dire and she was only waiting for God’s intervention.
“The situation here was bad and to be honest with you I was only waiting for God’s intervention because I had exhausted all the channels but nothing came out it. God is there and I want to thank Impala Car Rental for their benevolence,” she said.
The family is made up of Ronica Kembo her two daughters, Chisina and Nhamo and several grandchildren who all suffer from the rare disease.
Walking straight is a nightmare to the family and they now live a miserable life.
Kembo’s only male child who survived the rare condition vanished into Mozambique and has not returned home.
“We have been surviving on wild fruits of late because no one especially from this community was willing to help because of this pandemic. People had stocked enough for their families and life was becoming unbearable for us,” narrated Ronica as she pointed on some of the fruits.
Ronica who turns 51 said she had exhausted all the channels but nothing came to fruition and she was only banking on prayers.
“To be honest with you I have been praying to God and I am happy that my prayers have been answered,” she said.
Apart from hunger, their houses are prone to natural disasters and the buildings are old.
“As you can see our houses are dilapidated and we have nothing to do, during rainy season we use plastics to cover up. Mr Killer Zivhu had brought us building material and the house is yet to be finished we don’t why?” she narrated.
Impala Car Rental brand and projects manager Tracy Ngoma said through their Alfred Dondo foundation they found it proper to assist the family.
“Touched by their plight we thought it was necessary for us to bring some food staffs to the people. The situation here needs people to come together and assist the family. Through the foundation we will continue working with the family in assisting them with their needs,” she said.
Ngoma said they will also engage the people who started building the house and see how best they can assist to have the house finished.
“We will see how best we can engage those who started building the house. We can as well try to give our hand so that the family can get descent accommodation,” she said.
Impala Car Rental has been assisting several under privileged through the foundation.