It was late 2007 in Zimbabwe; the upcoming presidential elections were near and political intimidation in the rural areas was ramping up. As is common, people were being forced by the ruling party to attend political rallies for days on end. At a rally near his home, Friday was forced with others to get on a tractor at night with no headlights and tow felled trees down the highway to the rally’s bonfires. He knew that speeding cars would not see him until it was too late. Under threat of violence, he had no choice. Minutes later, his tractor was struck by a car and Friday, along with several others were severally injured or killed.
When we met Friday, four years later, he was unable to provide for his family and they were being evicted from the home he’d built, on the farm he’d worked for many years. He and his community were beyond excited by our arrival and everyone pitched in to help us make necessary modifications to the prosthesis. Once the prosthesis was fitting correctly, we taught Friday how to walk with his new leg. After only two days, Friday was able to take steps on his own, without the crutches he had relied on for the past four years. He is now working full time on the farm, living in his home and providing for his family…and he is a symbol of hope to his community.