Sarah Dilling and her daughter have been back since the end of August! After a long time it was very difficult to leave the country, it was suddenly possible to get a flight to Berlin relatively quickly. Quarantine and Coronatest (negative) are now behind the two. They are preparing for a normal day-to-day life with school and work here in Germany, because it is still completely unclear when a return to Zimbabwe will be possible.
The number of Covid 19 sufferers is rising sharply. Sarah now hears again and again from people who die from the disease. The hygiene measures are not consistently implemented by the population. You only use a mouthguard so that you don’t get in trouble with the police. This allows the virus to spread freely. Sarah reports on this in a voice message.
Emily is mostly at home for protection reasons and has little contact with other children. She copes surprisingly well with the situation and thinks up wonderful projects with her great imagination and creativity. Among other things, she dances with enthusiasm. Here’s a little insight…
The country’s financial crisis continues to worsen. The teachers of Chidzikwe Secondary School receive only 30,- UDS per month. Current price: 80 Bond = 1 UDS
While the distribution operations were carried out by the built-up teams in recent weeks, Sarah worked her way through the administrative jungle of Zimbabwe. An association has been founded in Zimbabwe. In order to meet the legal requirements for an effective association, hours of research were required, in which a young lawyer from Zimbabwe successfully supported her. Not all roads to the offices and ministries have been completed yet, but Sarah is on the right track.
Sarah went to Masvingo with her daughter to experience a food distribution. Furthermore, Sarah is employed on site in the final phase of a foundation of the association, so that the establishment of a training center meets all legal requirements.
Harare, May 23, 20020
… We distributed a few food parcels to a disabled facility and received this letter of thanks. Thank you for all your great commitment. During this time, we can actually provide vital help to many people.
I always have In mind James 1:27: To serve God, our Father in an exemplary way, is to take care of the caress of the orphans and widows and not let ourselves be corrupted by the world.
Harare, May 14, 2020
Sarah and her team, consisting of Ray, Ennoc and Desire, had to deal with some days to complete exhaustion. Here’s part of a voice message from Sarah:
… it was a violent day. We provided about 350 families with food parcels and were busy from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. We tried to carry out door-to-door actions in rural areas, but that was not possible. People have NOTHING left. The shops in the villages are completely empty and they don’t get away from there. So of course there was nothing wrong with zero comma that we were distributing food parcels and people came from everywhere … This was very close to all of us. We were in the team of 4 plus the pastor and Bright, the manager of the wholesaler (who also wanted to experience a distribution campaign) and the truck driver.
Harare, April 16, 2020
A first purchase from a wholesaler took place. The food is stored in the house where the office of a friendly lawyer is located. He is very much involved in the relief effort. Emily is friends with his children and stays with the family during the shopping.
Harare, April 12, 2020
On Tuesday, the groceries will be distributed in the same week in Chitungwiza, a densely populated, predominantly poor suburb of Harare. Orphans and the elderly should be considered in the distribution.
As of today, the banks in Zimbabwe are open again! So Sarah tries to get a food distribution organized as soon as possible.
Sarah had very big problems with her mobile phone, which could no longer be recharged. She couldn’t write long texts because the phone didn’t work properly yesterday at three percent charge. She ran the risk that the contact to Germany would be cut off. It may seem strange: many Christians began to pray for the battery of the mobile phone. Today, during the morning, the mobile phone was 100 percent charged again! What a heavenly miracle! Now she writes the following:Berlin, 08.04.2020
Harare, 04/04/20 While I stand in the kitchen to bake bread I think of the people in my neighborhood here in Zimbabwe. My bread supplies are slowly being used up, but I have flour in my Storage cupboard to look after me and my daughter. Many, yes, most of the 14 million Zimbabweans don't know how to survive the three weeks of curfew because they don't have inventories. They fervently hope that the state will shorten the time of the so-called "lockdown", so that they can go outside again to pursue the business of street trading. The few dollars would be able to provide for them and their families for the day. I am in the same situation - unlike most foreign development workers of different Organisations that have left at short notice - still in the country. I know that even in Germany and financial concerns arising from the current pandemic. But it is important to me to make a call for a food donation, to deal with the current very great need. Since I am still in the country, I can use this advantage Use. Therefore, I ask you, if you may be able to depise a few or more euros, transfer it to the donation account listed below. Every euro helps and benefits the people of the country. Personally, I will take the action with a team. Account: Advivia gGmbH - IBAN: DE83 1005 0000 0190 7302 42 Keyword "Zimbabwe food donation"
Harare, 31.03.20 *To us* *Me and Emily are doing well so far. We are sufficiently available for the next few weeks with Food and toilet paper ? Supplied. *We did Emily's textbooks last week so that they now do their tasks every day and I then correct them Can. Your teacher has set up a Whatsapp group for this "homeschooling" program, where she posts the tasks on a daily basis. Emily enjoys it. Today, thank God, the **Water delivery* that will supply us for the coming week. Let us hope that this service is not discontinued (the state does not supply us with water although my landlords monthly have to pay for it...) In case of cases, I have obtained a few reserve canisters and which, in case of emergency, provide us with water for a few days. A friend of our landlord also has a well where we at least fill our smaller canisters with drinking water when it gets difficult. *We live here in a very cozy cottage with garden which is located on the same plot on which our landlords, an older white Couple, live. We care for each other and are each other in this time a great Support. For them, we are like family, as their only daughter lives with family in Australia. *Through an installed solar system, which I still have on Saturday after the announcement of the curfew quickly, we now also have permanent electricity! Big thanks to my team! ? *There were frequent questions about whether I have entered the returnlist and in "ELEFAND" let. Yes I have. However, there is no commercial exit from Zimbabwe, air traffic has been completely suspended. From the German embassy, I have received the news that no recalls are currently planned for Zimbabwe. If this changes, I will be informed immediately. *To the country* *Although officially only seven Covid-19 cases are mentioned (we all know are much more.) on Saturday, the lockdown (exit ban) for Monday was short-term Announced. It is expected to last for three weeks. The short-term announcement the population was not warned and had to prepare essential things such as gas cylinders to be able to cook if the electricity fails) only Saturday morning time. From Saturday noon many shops and banks were closed again (regularly). *The lockdown is in force yesterday Entered. The state imposes a general ban, so that all companies are also closed. It is impossible to imagine what this means for the economy. Banks have also become too, so that the population not even to their reserves and we also do not collect any money via Western Union or Worldremit Can. *The majority of the population (95%) is unemployed and beats himself daily with casual jobs. They practically live from hand to mouth and can not stock up over three weeks. As the state cracks down on the blockade with police and army Many Zimbabweans are afraid to starve. *People are now getting ready to that there will be great unrest...
Advivia gGmbH – IBAN: DE83 1005 0000 0190 7302 42
Tomorrow, 22.04.2020 you can listen to an interview with RBB Radio 1 and Sarah at around 6.35 am or listen later on the website.
Harare, 21.04.2020 New message from Sarah