Mutare: A local Old People’s home located is struggling to make ends meet during the lockdown period as donor support has dried up.

Zororo Old People’s Home in the oldest high-density suburb of Sakubva houses over 14 elderly people who rely on support from various donors across the city.

These include schools, churches, individuals and the local business community.

However, since the announcement of the country’s lockdown by government to curb the spread of Covid-19, the home has been facing myriad challenges, chief among them dwindling food stocks and funds to procure medication for inmates.

Home Administrator, Gondai Gondo said the small institution was going through tough times as donations have dried up.

He said the closure of schools, churches and the informal sector impacted on their operations.

“People who used to support us are no longer coming due to Covid-19 pandemic. The informal sector supports us but at the moment they can’t,” said Gondo, adding, “at the moment it’s tight for us”.

He said at the moment, they were using own means to feed the elderly inmates.

“We need funds for medication, regular medical check-up for blood pressure, sugar, to mention a few,” said Gondo.

To sustain the home, he said they have embarked on income generating projects such as poultry, gardening and rabbit keeping.

Mutare Ward 1 Councillor Thomas Nyamupanedengu confirmed the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on the operations of the Old People’s Home.