Gogo Mediya Update (1927 - 2016)

January 02, 2017  •  3 Comments

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!

MediyaMediyaThis is Mediya, one of the old Gogos we visit when we head up to Kanyemba. She lives next door to her brother who she takes care of. What a character! Always good fun visiting her. This picture taken in her brand new hut :)

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.

 

The most recent Portrait of Gogo Mediya - doing what she loved at 89 years old.

MediyaMediyaMediya - one of the old ladies of the village doing what she loves. This old lady is less than 5ft tall and is full of attitude.


A few pictures of some of the old people with their new goods

KamjoniKamjoniKamjoni with his new solar power kit and radio for the house

SpinyuSpinyuSpinyu trying on his new pair of shoes JasiJasiJasi outside his house


Comments

Andy Lowe | Zimbabwean Wildlife Photographer
@C Hites - Thanks for the comments.You know, for some of these people all it takes is less than a dollar to make a huge difference. Definitely so rewarding helping them out. I just need to find a more sustainable project to help them! :)

@Clare Thorpe - I'm so happy you like it! Looking forward to seeing a picture of it framed and up on display in your house :)
Clare Thorpe(non-registered)
So very glad I have Mediya's portrait; what a long life she lived. Keep up the good work!
C Hites(non-registered)
Bless your huge heart for making a difference in her life and the lives of the other villagers. Many of us think about doing something to help, but not enough of us follow through.
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