Youth group rescues ‘miracle kids’

Makokoba HIV/AIDS Global Support Trust is a Non-Governmental Organisation run by Zimbabwean youths in exile here. The trust recently came to the aid of two young boys crippled in an accident four years ago.

Makokoba HIV/AIDS Global Support Trust members Marilyn Sibanda, Daniel Ngwenya, Lindani Nkomo (who will receive the wheel chair), Ronald Nkomo (his brother), Angela Phiri and the boy’s mother Caroline Sibanyoni.
Makokoba HIV/AIDS Global Support Trust members Marilyn Sibanda, Daniel Ngwenya, Lindani Nkomo (who will receive the wheel chair), Ronald Nkomo (his brother), Angela Phiri and the boy’s mother Caroline Sibanyoni.

Trust members raised funds and bought a wheelchair for one of the two boys, who were dubbed ‘miracle kids’, after they survived a fatal road accident that claimed their father’s life and left them for dead.

“As an organization we were touched when we heard of the accident, which happened three years ago and left Ronald Nkomo (17) with broken legs while Lindani Nkomo (14) was left with a broken spinal cord and left in a deep coma for five months resulting in doctors giving up on him,” the group’s senior coordinator, Angela Phiri, told The Zimbabwean.

“We realized that no one was helping this orphaned family and we want to give them hope so they don’t give up. Doctors were convinced that they wouldn’t make it after a terrible accident which also claimed the life of their aunt. We bought a wheelchair for one of them and very soon we will be getting another one to make sure they also have a better life like everyone else,” she said.

The boys mother, Caroline Sibanyoni (36), works six days a week as a cashier at a local bakery, but is battling to cope on her wages. “I need help with the boys and I am failing to come to terms with the fact that my children were born normal and they are now in this sad state. Sometimes I just cannot face them and I just prepare food for them and go straight to bed and stay awake the whole night because of the pain I see in my boys.

They are not even going to school as it is difficult from me to get wheelchairs for them and fees,” she said. The Trust was established to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS by creating awareness about the virus and also to empower Zimbabweans in the Diaspora socially, emotionally and financially – especially those infected and affected.

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