Spread the Love: Meet Blessing Bee Makwera

13 June 1:16 pm

Spread the Love: Meet Blessing Bee Makwera

By Alex Dubov

Blessing Bee Makwera was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the May 12th match against Chivas USA. He was nominated by Stephen Clawson, vice president of Operation of Hope, an organization that provides life-changing surgical care in under-served areas of the world.

“Home is not a roof above your head but the love that you get from those around you,” said Makwera. “When I received the Spread The Love packet I knew I didn't need Africa to feel at home because you guys loved me.”

Makwera grew up in Zimbabwe where, when he was 15-years-old, he discovered a landmine. Not knowing what it was, he began playing with it, causing it to detonate near his face. The explosion resulted in Makwera losing his jaw, teeth, and part of his tongue. He attempted to recover in a Zimbabwe hospital, but the resources he needed to complete a full recovery were lacking.

With the help of Operation of Hope, Makwera traveled  to San Diego, California for the first of three surgeries. He is now living in Portland with Clawson, working as a teacher’s aide at a local private school.

Makwera says he loved his experience at the Timbers game.

“The whole game was awesome,” he said. “The Timbers Army supported  the club all the way through [the game] and with that much support I don't think you could lose.”

Several people and organizations were involved in helping Makwera get to the United States for the operations he needs. He is very grateful for all of the support, especially from his “American family.” He says he knows what it means to “Spread the Love.”

“It means we are all family and the only force that can keep us together is love,” said Makwera. “By spreading love we are staying stronger as one family.”

Read more about Blessing’s story here. You can also nominate a potential recipient at www.spreadtheloveptfc.com.