Sept 9, 2005 - URGENT APPEAL FOR
SAVYON LODGE IS LAUNCHED - CLICK
HERE FOR DETAILS
Lodge, which was established in 1967, is the only Old Age home for Jewish
residents in Zimbabwe.
are 33 residents in the Lodge. The average age is 88 years old, the oldest
being Leizer Abrahamson who turned 105 in April this year. He is a wonderful
man who still has all his faculties and still "davens" at the
service every day.They have a shul service every morning and evening, with a
Minyan, at Savyon so that the residents can join with the community in prayer.
is a wonderful place, a real refuge for all the residents from all that is
going on in Zimbabwe at the moment. It is a haven for those people who have
given so much to their communities and now need a place where they can be
cared for in their old age. Savyon treats every person with the love and
dignity they deserve and all their everyday needs are well taken care of. The
staff are constantly making sure, under these trying times, that everyone is
more than comfortable in their special home.
shrinking community supports Savyon very well. The ladies are always on hand
to give lifts to anyone who needs to go anywhere. There is always a friendly
face popping in to visit the residents. People from the community can always
be relied on to share in any special occasion. For example, there is a
communal Seder held at Savyon each Pesach. The residents so enjoy hosting
visitors to the Lodge so that they can enjoy a 'Yom Tov" with guests as
they did when they had their own homes.
Mission Statement of Savyon declares that "We ensure that our dear
residents age with dignity" and they try to make sure that as far as
possible, under these difficult conditions, they will not allow their very
high standards to drop.
are a non-profit making organisation with a staff of 20 workers, two matrons
and an administrator. Savyon Lodge is administered by a dedicated committee of
some members of the community. They are a strictly Kosher home. At the moment
it is costing in excess of Zim$25 million a month to run the home. Many of the
residents are unable to pay the ever increasing fees as they are on fixed
incomes. These residents are subsidised by Savyon. Unfortunately the local
Jewish community has decreased drastically recently and these people cannot
continue to keep their pledges to donate money that went a long way to help
support Savyon. As you no doubt know the economic situation in Zimbabwe has
reached critical proportions. This is affecting the running of Savyon Lodge
drastically and we rely heavily on donations made by local and overseas
Lodge would like to bring their situation to the attention of the many people
who have fond memories of the people and special places in Zimbabwe. Their one
great expense at the moment is that of renovating the roof of the lodge. The
lowest quote they have had is for Zim$95 million !!
very best wishes and thanks to all for any interest in Savyon Lodge.