A year ago we were in Nkyani, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, speaking to teachers, administrators and students about the opportunities and challenges they face in rural Zimbabwe.
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Final day of photo tribute to Amalima project. Entrepreneurial women redeem those good-deal vouchers to collect agricultural equipment. Ntombizodwa Mpofu and her friend were truly on a high, happily collecting wheel barrows and seeds for their producer groups, and looking forward to further growth in their businesses. From vegetables to goats to cattle, they're dreaming big and reaching their goals, strengthening their communities' resilience to whatever may come. - in Bulilima District, Matabeleland South. #cnfa#orapzenzele#usaid#matabeleland
In the 1980s I worked at St James School in Zimbabwe. When it was established in the 1950's it was the first secondary school in the country for Zimbabwean girls. It's aim was to give girls from rural Matabeleland a quality education. It now has a long history of educating girls who have gone on to work in all the professions from medicine to administration and management. I am still involved with a small charity which provides bursaries for girls who could not afford to be educated otherwise. We also help finance a feeding scheme for primary age pupils and medicines for the clinic which supports the local community. I am printing this card to raise funds for this charity. If you would like to purchase some, DM me for details.
It was a hot day, but ladies dressed up their babies and socialized at the health center in Garanyemba in Gwanda District. Amalima distributes USAID fortified porridge and oil for pregnant women and caregivers of children under 2 to protect against malnutrition at this critical period of children's development. #cnfa#orapzenzele#usaid#matabeleland
These portraits reflect the happy mood of people getting a good deal. These rural community members I met participate in Amalima trainings so can purchase subsidized vouchers for agricultural assets and inputs like wheelbarrows, plows, shovels and small grains seeds. Over 1500 people purchased vouchers in 2018 using "mobile money" through their phones. #usaid#cnfa#orapzenzele#matabeleland#zimbabwe
Amalima works with community groups to support women's ownership of assets. One of these
groups, Hanani (whose name means Happiness) started saving to cover the cost of unexpected and major family expenses. Now they're investing in goat breeding with a matching grant through Amalima. One member Sithembile Bhechu provides veterinary services for her community now. Like many of the women I met who are widows or whose husbands are far off in South Africa trying to earn money, she is primarily responsible for her family's welfare. The group started working with Amalima in 2014 and has received training in the savings & lending; planning & management; conservation agriculture, and livestock management. #usaid#cnfa#orapzenzele#zimbabwe#matabeleland
I’ve been inspired by my friend’s grandmother and his artwork, and also by the animals in the world who assume the conditions of poor environment and poaching. The calf is how cool it is to be significant, between the primal and domesticated self. It has nothing to do with the slaughterhouse.
#animalpallate was made from #upcycled#necklaces from the #80s and #90s .
Just last week I checked a granny in with parrots around her neck and we exchanged a love for such things in the world. Further your more envoked passion for #nopoaching via #cecilthelion#safaridocumentary @safaridocumentary #wearyourvoice#Hwange National Park in #Matabeleland North, #Zimbabwe
Of all the scars from former leader Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule of Zimbabwe, the deepest is the Matabeleland killings.
Men, young and old, were forced to dig graves, then shot and buried in them. Survivors were forced to dance on top of the fresh graves, sometimes until the blood of the dead seeped through.
Some families were pushed into huts that were set on fire and they either burned to death or were shot dead when they tried to escape.
The Fifth Brigade consisted of 3,000 troops, virtually all ethnic Shona, who make up about 70 percent of Zimbabwe's population. The brigade received counter-insurgency training by North Korean advisers and was known as the elite praetorian guard of Mugabe, directly answerable to his office. Their arms and uniforms were different from the rest of the army, including their distinctive red berets.