“Choosing compassion in the village life here means living well with your neighbors. It means when your neighbor doesn’t have…you get to share with them.”
This wisdom comes from 96-year-old Gogo who lives in a remote rural village in Zimbabwe. She has chosen to share the little she has to take care of four great-grand children that lost their parents due to the AIDS pandemic devastating many families in Africa. Her days are full, overseeing a small plot of land that provides some food for her and her grandchildren. She also makes sure the children get to school.
Before and after school, “The children fetch the water and cook,” says Gogo. But she is still the one responsible for getting enough food for all of them to eat. One regularly dependable source comes from a monthly food distribution by Africa Development Mission. Because Gogo is not strong enough to walk the dirt roads to the distribution site for food, soap and cooking oil, she sends one of the children instead. “I am thankful for my grandchildren and my church family.”
When congratulated on her long life, Gogo replies, “I’m not finished yet. I have a long way to go.”
CALL TO ACTION; If you’d like to be a part of helping others like Gogo have enough food, contact Africa Development Mission.
All photographs ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman
(Nikon D4, 24-70mm f2.8 @65mm, 1/1000 sec, f2.8, ISO 2000)