HADJA Abaz of Northam is a case study in community caring.
The 84-year-old lives in a one-bedroom fibro cottage which is hot in summer and cold in winter. Not that she complains. She grew up in an orphanage in the former Yugoslavia and came to Australia as a young bride.
Her father was killed in the War and she migrated to Australia after the war.
She parted with her Bosnian husband when she decided she preferred to be alone.
Moving to Perth, Mrs Abaz worked at Royal Perth Hospital as a nurse.
Today she cares for three stray cats that wandered on to her property.
Recently she has had trouble managing her kitchen and cleaning up her rooms.
She doesn’t cook anymore and has battled with sewage coming back into the kitchen when she turns a tap on.
But mostly she can take care of herself.
Pastor Dale Ross said he delivered food parcels each Wednesday to her.
He organised a skip, a roster and a busy bee and nine people came to assist Mrs Abaz to clean up her house.
“I blessed them with a prayer in my language and I sang a song,” Mrs Abaz said.
Mr Ross said his church was pleased to help.
“Even someone to sit with her and make a cup of tea would make a difference,” he said.
Mrs Abaz has no family in Northam and no children.
When Mr Ross left he gave her a box of chocolates.The Northam Salvation Army also donated a $50 voucher for clothing and incidentals.