Help for Grandparents - €50 / £40

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Give Grandparents a Hand

Give Grandparents a Hand

When children are orphaned as a result of illness, accident or war, loving Grandparents often have to step in. Your Gift of Help for Grandparents  will help Granpdarents provide for and raise their grandchildren in a secure and loving environment.

Picture: Felicia Machona and her grandchildren, Bikita District, Zimbabwe. Photo: Simbarashe Chagwiza

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Help for Grandparents 

When children are orphaned as a result of illness, accident or war, loving grandparents often have to step in. In Zimbabwe, Felicia Machona, 73, now looks after her six grandchildren after they sadly lost their parents.

However, this is not easy. Recurring drought has made it impossible to grow enough food. “Every day at the break of dawn my worries would begin as I would think about how I was going to feed my grandchildren. It broke my heart to see them going to school hungry, and it pained me more because I had no money to buy them food.”

With support from Trócaire, Felicia is able to buy grain and beans and use the leftover ingredients to make traditional produce to sell at the local market.

“This gift was like rain after a long drought,” she said. With the money she made, she was able to feed her grandchildren, send them to school and buy goats and chickens which has helped the family even more.

She is very thankful to the Trócaire supporters. “You cared for my family when I could not do it on my own.”