There is still time to make your fully tax-deductible donation for 2011! By going to www.ancient-ways.org you can read about our partnership with Zimbabweans, which is uplifting rural residents and improving sub-standard living conditions, educational opportunities and access to health care. Contributions can be made directly online; Paypal can process your debit or credit card (by signing on as a Paypal guest). We are entering our 13th year and invite you to join us in making a grassroots’ difference! Please consider how you can be a part of this determined heartfelt and unified team effort – shinga moyo! Tatenda! Thank you!
This 2011 video clip shows the joy of the girl guides who received 3 pair of panties in response to our "Underwear for Over There" Campaign. Many more girls received underwear but were not present at this Girl Guides Life Skills Learning Retreat in late August. In 2012, we our expanding the campaign to be "Underwear and Monthly Care for Over There" to help meet the personal health needs of our young women.
Our Nhimbe Marimba team was invited to participate at the annual prize-giving day at two of our local primary schools visit homepage. Prize-giving days are an event held each year at schools in Zimbabwe to recognize the outstanding students. Some of our own Nhimbe students were among the recipients of the awards! Our boys and girls provided a marvelous performance! Normally they play marimba, sing, dance accompanied by drums and hosho. We were able to rent a truck for the cost of mileage reimbursement and get the marimbas moved easily. Not really sure how all of the children got to the schools but am assuming they walked since its a small truck. This great performance resulted in another invitation for the November 22nd at a Secondary school within about 20 kilometers from our Center. This will be another opportunity for the boys and girls to shine! We have written a grant requesting help with our Nhimbe marimba program from Zimfest Association and if we succeed we will be able to provide the marimbas with much needed restoration. Its very exciting to hear about the growth of the children and their ability to perform!
Just as the sun was coming up over the horizon, ZESA rescinded their offer to install the electricity at the “unbeatable price”. It has been suggested that after the first of the year they will be ‘in the money’ again and the offer might return. Very typical of dealings in Zimbabwe, it’s not said and done, until its done. Back to the wait list you can find out more.
ZESA, the electric company responsible for getting electricity to many homes in Zimbabwe, is proposing bringing the wiring from the main road to the Nhimbe Community Center for a reasonable fee. We will be partnering with a local business to do this. Currently we don’t need electricity but may eventually, as part of a future clinic, school, or business. Our solar panel are sufficient for our current needs but this has us ready for growth!
Our Donhodzo Health Center provides services to anyone who comes to its doors without charge. We offer conventional approaches, traditional herbs, alternative methods and counseling. One of the alternatives is that our Senior Nurse has been trained in NMT (see nmt.md) and has had great success. An adjunct to this is a new program that he will be setting up, so that practitioners from the US may remotely treat village residents with NMT. Ancient Ways will obtain tests, blood for instance, CT-4, etc., as part of the before and after comparison for clinical purposes as the need exists.
The general staff budget received a raise of almost 14%. This is a drop in the proverbial bucket, but is a start. Unfortunately, when the Zim-dollarization occurred in early 2009, and our own US economy began its difficult shift, the costs increased in Zimbabwe and their wages in effect decreased, while our ability to compensate them further also went into a holding pattern. Taking decisive action regarding tightening the expenses belt has helped and everyone has been waiting for things to change. Typically people don’t want to think about giving people increases in their wages and yet it’s these very people that are providing the services we count on. Those who received an increase are very grateful as it has made a difference in their lives, both monetarily and in morale.
Our Senior Nurse reports: “All girls have been afforded underwear in a colorful presentation ceremony by our Director which coincided with the August Girl Guides Camp. This goes a long way in addressing the many sanitary issues of the girl child in our disadvantaged communities. " Check out the video soon to be online. In hind sight, its clear that purchasing underwear was a first step towards assisting the young girls with their monthly care challenges, which has recently been brought to our attention. "Their parents have expressed their profound joy for the timely and most appropriate gift of a lifetime.”
Our Nhimbe library is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday and we have been having a sizeable number of people coming and utilizing the many books in our library. We are continuously looking for a lasting policy to safeguard our books as well as making it flexible for people to have access to our books and read for themselves. As of now, people come to the library, read books within our premises and return the book the same day.
We are looking into alternative ways to improve the reading population in our community. Several years ago we lent books just like US libraries do but we met with a quantity of theft and a lack of understanding. Many books have come to the library via annual trips bearing suitcases. We have now been sponsored by a non-profit who will cover the postage to allow us to send books in the mail, although the costs are quite high.
Our library is short of some set of books now being used in schools and would like to obtain them to make life more comfortable for our kids who are going to school. Typically 5 or more children share one school book. This would require a donation of several hundreds of dollars to furnish the library with these books.
Our Senior Nurse reports that, “Marimba music has continued and is on a steady increase because of the major exodus that occurred that saw most of the experienced marimba players moving to towns thereby cultivating different players. Two weeks ago our marimba team was invited to play at the Mhondoro National Agricultural Show and they performed very well!”