To all of you who shared the images, and to those who ended up owning a special portrait print of the old Gogo - Mediya, we want to send out a huge thank you to each one of you!
Hailey and I were very excited with the money raised, and we managed to buy Mediya and her brother a small solar power kit with radio and a couple of Lights to split between their huts and the kitchen area, a couple of larger water containers and storage buckets, food, some new shoes. And finally, we got her the Zambia (material wrap) she had always been asking Hailey to get her.
When we arrived at her compound early on Wednesday morning, we were both very sad to hear that she was not well, and a little while earlier, her family had taken her across the river to the hospital in Zambia. We did, however, hand over the items to Kamjoni (her brother) and met with her sons and grandsons who had travelled from Harare.
Sadly on Friday morning we received a message from her grandson, letting us know that Gogo Mediya had passed away.
Gogo Mediya was 89 years old; born in 1927.
Although Mediya did not receive the goods that we raised the money for, they went to very worthy recipients, and we really appreciate all those who supported in one way or another. We'll always remember her cheeky happy character and love for life.