Mhandara Monthly Care Update

Please check out the latest about our Mhandara Monthly Care (MMC) program in this link! (or paste this in your browser


We are asking for your consideration to send this to anyone you know who has a heart for females and the challenges that face them, particularly in Africa. 


We have an incredible program with an excellent track record...check out our website.  With very little funding we can intercede on behalf many of our MMC maturing girls' lives in 2019!


Please forward...thank you so much!

Incredible Night of Music for Zimbabwe!

Please share with your community!


Great Change for Zimbabwe - Marimba and Mbira Performance @ Whirled Pies
Kutsinhira Cultural Arts


Marimba and mbira performance supporting Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center and Ancient Ways.

Plan on joining us on Friday Dec. 7, 6 to 10 pm at Whirled Pies in downtown Eugene. A night of traditional Zimbabwean music will be presented in support of Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center of Eugene, and Ancient Ways/Nhimbe for Progress of Scio.


Kutsinhira’s sponsored artist-in-residence for 2018, Musekiwa Chingodza, and his fellow musicians from Mhofela will perform beautiful mbira music. Three bands from Kutsinhira, including Jenaguru-Full Moon and Chapwititi, teen extraordinaires, will provide rousing marimba dance music.


Bring your extra change, throw in the jars at the event, and help make Great Change for Zimbabwe. Cost:


$12 for Kutsinhira members
$15 for adults
$5 for children 12 and younger


Be Seeing You at Zimfest August 9-12th?

Summer Greetings brings the sweet music from Zimbabwe to our local Oregon mid-valley! If you are attending, please contact me at just as soon as possible about whether you can help at our booth where we will be bringing the crafts from our villages as well as other African wares, and sharing information about the latest in our Nhimbe for Progress project.  Cosmas Magaya is not able to attend Zimfest but he is here in the states, while his wife Patricia is running things abroad, keeping everything in tip-top shape.


August 9th-12th, we will be celebrating what this wonderful music has brought into all of our lives!

See where you will find more information about:

  • Zimbabweans who have been able to come for a visit,
  • Sharing of daily and nightly Zimbabwe music at WOU campus in Monmouth,
  • Vendors who will be offering an African marketplace,
  • Musicians of ALL ages playing together as performers and as students,
  • Free daytime concerts and affordable concerts at night for 4 nights and 3 days,
  • As well as other pre-festival events...look at for more info!

Do let me know if you can help at the booth...many hands make light work...the most critical times are setup and take down every day since all booth items are packed away daily, and then we re-invent the space the following day.  Thank you for however you might assist!


Hope to see you there!



Have you seen our annual letter?

Have you received our annual letter, which we just sent in the last couple of days? It would have come directly from the office to you, personalized for your ease. You can also go to to find the latest update and a general purpose donation form that can be used and/or also sent to family and friends, if you would like to forward them this information. Check out for an online version of the donation form. Thank you for your time and attention! Looking forward to hearing from you!

Great W.A.T.E.R! News!

W.A.T.E.R! = Wells And Toilets Everyone’s Right! After some difficulties in acquiring cement, we are now in a position to source the cement for wells! Ancient Ways has saved enough since 2013 to build 22 wells right away before the rainy season comes in November. Around 7% of the residents have a pure water well. We have about 515 left to build, 280 in Nhimbe and 235 in Jangano.
If you have a “special project” jar, in which you have saved up your skipped-video-or-latte money, or, are moved in your heart to make a big difference in an extended family’s life, consider DONATING NOW at
Don’t hesitate…Join us in our W.A.T.E.R! program. One well costs $250 to build , or $23/month if using a reoccurring credit card (CALL THE OFFICE at 541-259-HOPE or 877-TATENDA). Any amount helps…Plus, your family surname is painted on the well. Thank you for increasing a family’s garden productivity, overall health and wellbeing, as well as ensuring their future. Always feel free to call or write with questions! Tatenda Chaizvo!

Zimfest Volunteers

Very soon Ancient Ways will be participating in the annual Zimbabwe Music Festival, this year in Tacoma Washington July 25th-27th. Zimfest 2014 will be held on the University of Puget Sound campus where there is an incredible line up of musicians for afternoon and evening concerts, workshops for all levels of learning, and a marketplace that shares a super variety of African goods. Check out for the full information!

If you are able to attend Zimfest, please do come by the booth and say hello as Ancient Ways will have the exquisite serpentine sculpture from Mhondoro, textiles and jewelry from the village residents, as well as some children’s toys, CDs and T-shirts tamiflu medicine. Make it a point to stop in as we always love to reconnect with you and share the latest.

Please let us know if you are attending and are able to help Ancient Ways by taking a shift at the booth over the 3 days at the marketplace. We have the advantage of having front and center access to the free afternoon stage each day so you won’t miss a beat! If you can give us a hand with setting up or taking down the booth, or taking a 1 or 2 hour shift during market hours, please let us know right away as we are committed to sharing information and village crafts with everyone, and that means many hours and many hands from 8:30 am to 6 pm, from start to finish all three days.

Thank you! Looking forward to hearing from you. See you there!

Shop for Zimbabwe/Father’s Day Promotion at Amazon

Have you signed up to support Ancient Ways through the AmazonSmile program yet?


Right now, Amazon is running a special Father’s Day promotion. Through 6/15/2014, for every person who makes a qualified purchase, Amazon will donate $5 in addition to 0.5% of the purchase price. To learn more about the promotion, or to sign up, follow this<a title="link" href=" singulair" target="_blank"> link.


Or try or if the above link doesn’t work for you.


Example: I’ve been procrastinating on buying a new tent for camping this summer. It costs $140. If I order it right now during the Father’s Day promotion, Amazon will donate $5.70 to Ancient Ways. In this case, procrastination pays off 😉


Please take a minute to register for this fundraiser. If you ever shop online at Amazon, it really starts to add up and it’s no extra money out of your wallet.

Funds for new HP computer

We have 10 days left to help Ancient Ways raise money for a much needed computer! We only need a few more donations to reach the $150 still required! Do you know anyone that works for HP? HP will donate the rest to get a super computer that will last.Утепление каркасных домов пенопластом



Please call or email right away if you know anyone who can help –even $10, $25, $50 will quickly make up the remaining $150!



Zimbabwe and 2014

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Normally by now, an annual letter would be on its way to you, to share an update of our many successes and challenges this year, as well as to ask for your continued support towards our work in 2014. This year, the news will be coming a bit late. My husband has been at home in hospice due to Agent Orange and so my attention has been redirected to these personally urgent things.

We invite you to follow these links to our website and either:
1) Make your annual donation online using your credit card at
2) Print the donation form from the website and send a check payable to Ancient Ways to PO BOX 346 Scio OR 97374
3) Call the office and set up a recurring payment of any amount on your credit card at 541-259-4673 or 877-TATENDA.

A newsy update will follow in time, and help share a more up-close look at what we are doing and how. We continue to make inroads through the difficult terrain created by economic hardships in two rural areas of Zimbabwe through the Nhimbe for Progress and Jangano projects. When considering donating, please remember that:

 Children in Zimbabwe are not guaranteed a free education. Even though unemployment is at 95%, #1 in the entire world, the parents are required to pay tuition for all grades of school. We not only run a model preschool and feed the children daily, but also sponsor students in all grades who are particularly deserving due to their earnest efforts, and/or needs.
 Older students are also not easily able to go on to higher education. If children in our villages are able to rise through the rural schools with high enough grades we really must invest in them.
 Boys and girls of all ages have limited hope-producing opportunities due to sub-standard living conditions and poverty impacting their health and nutrition. Our after-school programs can reach these children and provide a success filled atmosphere, helpful peer bonding, and health education intervention/intercession.
 Girl children are more vulnerable to forced underage marriage (1 in 5), lack of health education, and simply being taken advantage of. Our empowering programs are reaching young girls with tools and skill building for HIV-free living.
 Mortality rate for pregnant women and infants ranks 14th in 183 countries around the world. We are providing prenatal support and education for women during these times of great risk.
 8 in 100 residents (less than 1 in 10) in our rural areas have a well-built pit-style toilet or pure water well. We continue to build wells as the priority to reduce disease and fatalities, each year benefiting extended families with a well that will last for generations.

There is much more to share in terms of background, pictures, etc., but it will need to wait…we ask you to check out the website if you are unfamiliar with our humanitarian outreach in Zimbabwe, our local music programs, and the incredible gifts in our online store where you find gifts that keep on living!

Thank you for considering our programs and services this year in your annual giving or tithing pledges. Remember that all donations are 100% tax deductible! Always feel free to call with questions.

Jaiaen Beck
Executive Director, Ancient Ways

Burgers for Books Fundraiser Sunday 8/25 12-2

“BURGERS FOR BOOKS” FUNDRAISER this Sunday 8/25/13 12-2PM at 35355 Eicher Rd, Albany OR 97322
Join us following the 10:45 am Gathering at The Shift when the Red Zebra Project will host a “Burgers for Books” barbeque fundraiser that will benefit a new books project in Zimbabwe through collaboration with Ancient Ways. The event will include:
• Live marimba music from Marimba Detembo
• Red Zebra cookie decorating and temporary tattoos for the kids
• Special appearance by Cosmas Magaya from Zimbabwe playing mbira
All donations will fund the new Red Zebra Project in Zimbabwe. Come and share food and festivities with us as we raise money to get Shona language books in the hands of the Zimbabwean children.
Also feel welcome to attend an informal tea party hosted by David & Hilary Ker of the Red Zebra Project on Sunday afternoon for those who would like a chance to meet Cosmas Magaya. Tea and coffee will be provided beginning at 3 pm. You can bring cakes, cookies or fruit if you like. The address is in downtown Albany, 539 5th Street SW near White Spires church on the corner of 5th and Calapooia. Call David at 541-971-0839 if you have questions or need