Tragedy to Triumph December 6, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorised

A story from Doug Dicker

Phillip Kaviya is a man who is instantly likeable because of his quiet and honest nature.

A man of few words, he has worked his way through heartache to regain his love of sculpting.

In July of 2004, his wife fell extremely ill due to a sever stomach disorder.

I needed to speak with Phillip during this time and was stopping off at his workshop where I learned that his wife was hospitalized.
It wasn’t until my third visit that I was told she had a short time to live due to Phillip’s financial situation.
I arrived at Harare Central Hospital, which by western standards, was in an unacceptable state.
I was even searched before I walked in which made me wonder what they were worried about…that I may be smuggling in medications??
I walked to the ward where Phillip was sitting bedside to his wife, who was very thin.

He could just watch her fade away because he couldn’t afford the treatments she needed before the doctors could operate.
I felt I had to step in and paid for the necessary attention needed.
I was please when Phillip told me a couple weeks later that his wife was home and recovering.
I left Zimbabwe for a time, and when I returned, Phillip told me she had relapsed and in fact died.
Phillip Kaviya is a quiet and very pleasant man who makes people at ease when they meet him.
Since then, he has brought himself out of a deep feeling of loss and has moved on with his love of sculpting.
His life long friend, Lazarus Tandi, who he grew up with and was his teacher in sculpting, now share a workshop just south of Chitungwiza, approx 40 minutes from Harare.
Lazarus also lost his wife in 2005 due to a vehicle accident, so the two men drew strength from each other.