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VICTOR BWALYA, a loving husband and father, passed away on 17 November 2020 in Lusaka, Zambia following a short hospitalization period due to liver failure. Victor was an exceptional and much-admired IT professional and it’s in that capacity that I knew him.My fellow colleagues and I were deeply saddened when we heard of his passing and became extremely troubled when we learned that he had left behind a young wife and five very young children – ages 2 to 10.
As a father myself, I started thinking about how these children’s lives l will be forever changed now that their father has passed away. Victor’s wife, who is currently working towards her high school certificate, was entirely dependent on Victor’s support. As the sole bread winner of his family, Victor’s passing means that his wife and five children will need all the help they can get to ensure that they:
1. Keep a permanent roof over their head and stay together as a family
2. Never go to bed hungry
3. Never miss school or drop out of school due to financial problems
4. Have access to healthcare, when needed
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
I first learned of Victor in early 2019 when a colleague highly recommended him to me based on the exceptional IT work he had done for a project in Zambia.I contracted him soon thereafter and have never been disappointed.
Victor was an amazing team player and solution provider – a true professional.His amazing skills, quality of work, timeliness, and level of commitment to his work and to the team led me to continue contracting him for other projects. The last project we worked on together was only wrapped up in September 2020.
I only learned that Victor was wheelchair-bound after the completion of our first project – a full year after we first met.(As I am based in South Africa and Victor was in Zambia, all our interactions were virtual.)Throughout the time I knew him, Victor never complained about his disability or used it as an excuse to delay or not deliver on the work.
A few weeks before Victor’s passing, he sent me a Facebook friend request which I accepted.I am so glad I did. After his passing, I went to visit his Facebook page and discovered the above article (PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ IT). The article is a window to the amazing person Victor was and the incredible odds he had to overcome to become the person we all came to know and admire.
I cannot stop thinking about how much Victor must have wanted to make sure his children do not go through what he went through during his childhood. Unfortunately he will not be around to ensure that. His children are now vulnerable and, without external support, are at a very high risk of going through a lot of pain, suffering, and struggle.
This is why I have decided to create this fund raising drive.Please join me in honouring Victor’s legacy and helping keep his beloved family out of poverty. Every cent raised will make it possible for VICTOR's wife and 5 children to write their own beautiful story tomorrow.
A resilient man is gone too soon, let us help keep his family safe, fed and educated.
Thank you for your support
- Kris Eale
- Campaign owner
- Edna Berhane
- Fund Captain
- Mary Pat Selvaggio
- Fund captain
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