By Nyasha Nhau
Following an article published by this paper NTU News Zimbabwe on the 26th of october 2021, of a girl with a disability from Zaka Masvingo aged 11, who was using a wheelbarrow as mobility, got assistance yesterday (Saturday).
A special needs education student Gloria Bundo who did community involvement project on an Honours Degree in Special Education at Reformed Church University that she is doing and is on attachment at Chimedza Primary School, saw the need to look for assistance from well wishers through different platforms.
A United Kingdom based philanthropist who is also a Critical Care Nurse practitioner, Barbra Nyagomo Chakabva through her beautiful eyes of heart saw this article and as usual used her lovely looking to bring smile to the child and her grandmother gogo Mushonga.
Nyagomo who in 2019 was honoured as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) ambassador and Excellence in Women Leadership and Role Model Performance, wired money to buy a brand new boxed wheelchair in Harare and it was transported to Masvingo.
Upon receiving the wheelchair, Bundo said most people were so happy to witness this gesture by Nyagomo.
“Barbra has done something worthy to remember, we are in a remote area and it is not easy for anyone to find a relief of this same aid considering that most people do not have much time to look at how people with disabilities in areas like this one are surviving.
“We did not even have hope but l had to keep on trying to look for help and lastly God answered our prayers, someone who is overseas attended to our problem.
“I was expecting that if we were to get hope maybe it was going to be locally, and because of her everything started falling in place,” said Bundo.
Gogo Mashonga could not hide her joy, “l am the happiest person today and may God bless Barbra, it was not easy for me to take my granddaughter to and from school using a wheelbarrow. Just imagine if she wanted to go to the toilet while at school? Use a wheelbarrow again? I thank God the load is now lighter.”
For the school the day brought a double blessing as another person who saw the same article from this publication bought another brand new wheelchair not knowing that Nyagomo had already solved the problem, and the other wheelchair was then given to another child who had been out of school since the second week of school opening, because of the same challenge of not having a wheelchair.
The Founder of Barbra Nyagomo (BN) Foundation started to use her heart’s beautiful eyes to look lovely to other people’s lives way back when she had launched an online soap making and jam making classes to teach women in SADC and in May 2013 when she visited Uganda on a Humanitarian Mission to conduct soap making and Beads Jewellery workshops meant empower women among other great initiatives that touches many people’s lives.
Nyagomo has a Social and Community Work Diploma (2011 Manchester UK) and in 2012 she has won Humanitarian Award for Humanitarian Work to Zimbabwe Community by SPMUDA International among other community and social work related achievements.
Meanwhile NTU News Zimbabwe have discovered that most children with disabilities in rural areas are not going to school while some are dropping out of school because they do not have assistive devices such as wheelchairs, clutches, artificial legs as well as hearing aids among others needed by people with different disabilities.Barbra Nyagomo Chakabva: Uses her beautiful eyes to look lovely in many lives