Get our Guide Tawanda Going Again
Help us help Tawanda! Since 2012, Tawanda Matava has been an indispensable mission trip guide for our Zimbabwe mission teams. At the beginning of 2020, Tawanda left his full-time job in Harare as an EMT so that he could be the guide for all five of our 2020 Mission teams.
As our team guide, he serves as our driver, cook, logistics coordinator, interpreter, advisor, and everything in between. He is an invaluable part of our mission work in Zimbabwe!
When the COVID-19 outbreak cancelled our trips, Tawanda went to work as an Uber driver to provide income for he, his wife Fiona and his 2 young daughters. Almost immediately, the entire country of Zimbabwe went into lockdown, and Tawanda had no means of providing for his family. Within a few weeks of being able to drive again, Tawanda was involved in a tragic auto accident.
On Friday evening, August 28, while transporting 2 passengers, an impaired driver crossed the median and struck Tawanda’s car head-on. He was hospitalized with a broken foot, fractured ribs and back and a few minor cuts and bruises. The driver at fault left the scene and eventually died from his injuries. Because of the recent financial hardship, being unable to drive during the COVID lockdown, Tawanda had cancelled collision on his car insurance policy. The accident totaled his car.
We want to invite others to help us help Tawanda and his family with his medical needs and getting back on his feet. While the neurosurgeon is hopeful that the lower back fracture will heal without surgery, the break in Tawanda’s foot requires surgery right away. His medical bills already total some $3,500.00.
We are hoping to help Tawanda cover most of his medical and living expenses while he is recovering and unable to work. We want to additionally provide some resources ($2,000.00) to help replace his car. We are already planning for our 2021 mission teams with great hope that the COVID crisis will be significantly mitigated. We will desperately need Tawanda to be fully recovered and ready to serve alongside of us!
No gift is insignificant or unappreciated! Your help will be a huge part of the success of our ongoing mission work in Zimbabwe!