Please meet Richard,
When we first met Richard, we were amazed how a blind man, can adapt to extreme physical hard working conditions, with so little resources within a rural community- yet still stay positive all the time.
Richard works as a famer and has helped us with our projects including building a fence at the Community Agricultural Land for the families who are disadvantaged, such as his own. To be able to grow crops and bring home an income to support their families is a huge advantage. Richard’s two children truly admire their father and are inspired with his abilities & passion to be the best father he can be plus an important part in society.
Unfortunately Richard and his family live below the poverty line like most people in rural Africa, living on just a couple of dollars a day. Unfortunately 73% of the population in Zimbabwe are below the poverty line at $1.25 per day.
Since our recent trip to Zimbabwe, a lot has changed. Since Opportunities for Life completed two projects for the Zimbabwe Parents of Handicapped Children Association (ZPHCA) Richard and his family have been eating fresh, home-grown vegetables from the nutrition garden that OFL started and most importantly, drinking clean, safe drinking water for him and his family!