African remittance company, Mukuru, has pledged to support the relatives of a Zimbabwean National Health Service (NHS) mental health worker who died from Covid-19 – leaving her 12-year-old daughter orphaned in the United Kingdom with no family.
According to the Daily Mail, Rutendo Mukotsanjera, a 45-year-old single mother, who lived in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, passed away from coronavirus on April 10 after a two week battle with the infection.
Rutendo left her 12-year-old daughter Cheidza, known as Chichi, alone in Britain where she is now being cared for by members of the Renew Church in Uttoxeter, where her mother worshipped.
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The Daily Mail further revealed that Rutendo used to work weekends and evenings to regularly send money back home to Zimbabwe through Mukuru, to help her loved ones including her 22-year-old son Shungu Shaun and her mother.
According to her sister Rumbidzai, Rutendo was helping her son by renting him a place in the country’s capital Harare and paying his school fees so he could complete his Secondary education.
Mukuru has now pledged to continue supporting her son and mother by matching her monthly sends from the past year for the next 12 months – roughly £2,300. The company’s CEO Andy Jury said:
Miss Mukotsanjera was the very embodiment of a Mukuru customer – hardworking, selfless, and the backbone of the family she supported. We were so saddened to hear of Miss Mukotsanjera’s passing.
We would like to continue to support her son in Zimbabwe over the next 12 months, to ensure he is able to continue along the path his mother paved for him.