A 32-year-old woman, Melody Muponda, who had been working as a self-confessed sex worker at Hauna Growth Point, recently gave birth to triplets – two boys and a girl. Melody shared that she had been providing her services in Manicaland and neighboring Mozambique before she gave birth on January 2nd of this year. She delivered the triplets at Hauna District Hospital, with each baby weighing between 1.8kg and 1.9kg.
Melody spoke with The Manica Post in Honde Valley last week, sharing her story and stating that she has no hope of finding out who the father of her triplets is. She explained that she and fellow sex workers would go around to different locations, including Penhalonga and Mozambique, where they would get drunk, follow the money, and get paid. They would spend one week in one place, move to another, and even exchange partners, making it impossible for Melody to determine who the father could be. She expressed her wish for a way to find out who he is but is afraid she will never know.
Melody went on to reveal that in recent years, she lost four children to unknown diseases. She explained that her husband was a member of the Johane Marange Apostolic Church and had forbidden her from taking the children to the hospital when they got sick. Eventually, Melody left her husband and began working as a sex worker to take care of her surviving child, her mother, and her six siblings.
Despite being pregnant, Melody continued working to support her family, stating that she is ready to start afresh and quit sex work. She is appealing to well-wishers to help her with decent accommodation, as she is currently staying with three friends at a house named “PaGirls High,” where sex workers have lived for a long time. Melody is also seeking capital to enable her to start an income-generating project to help her look after her children.
Melody’s mother, Alice Mangofa, expressed her desire to assist Melody in taking care of her children but cannot do so due to a lack of accommodation. She appealed to well-wishers to assist Melody with decent accommodation for herself and the triplets. Alice shared that she, too, had been married at 14 against her will, but her husband had died while she was still young. She moved back into her brother’s house, who unfortunately cannot look after her, her six other children, as well as Melody and her four children.
Despite the challenges, Alice expressed gratitude that the Lord has gifted her with three grandchildren at once. She acknowledged that despite being poor and not being able to look after them herself, she is overjoyed as a grandmother. Alice believes that God has restored what He had taken, and that alone should be celebrated.