TRAVELLING ZIMBABWE – MAY 2018
Our closest friends in Zimbabwe are the people who helped us in the house and in the garden 25 years ago. Today the kids we used to know have married and have children.
25 years earlier, we visited the home of one of the families living with us. They had a plot of land up north, with a beautiful house and well kept fields. Years later dishonest people cheated it all away from them.
Clara helped us in the house, and over the years she has saved whatever money coduld be saved. Today she owns a plot of land and has built a house, where she lives. It is still not finished, but she can be proud of her achievement.
Back in 1994, we celebrated the opening of a sheep farmers’ project in Eastern Highlands. It should create jobs and income – and produce quality wool for a weaving cooperative in Nyanga. It exists no more.
But the ZUWA Weavers’ Cooperative in Nyanga still exists, and they could remember us, when we showed up unexpectedly. Times are difficult and they no longer produce carpets. But they own the buildings.
The staff of the MS-Zimbabwe Country Office in the early 90s, enjoying life at the Annual Meeting, where all developwent workers from Denmark and their partners from around the country participated.
Two Zimbabwean programme officers were critically important in the development of the programme in the early 90s. Juliana lives on her ecological farm and does a bit of consultancy. Titus works for UNICEF in Harare.
Zimbabwe is a country endowed with beautiful landscapes. Outside Masvingo is the fascinating historical monument called Great Zimbabwe, where you can get a good sense of the civilisation that gave birth to the country.
Cecil Rhodes is known for his ‘creation’ in the 1890s of what became Rhodesia. His grave is situated on a mountain top i the mysterious stone landscape called Matopos, close to Bulawayo in the South.
In the 1900s, a cooperate of several thousand women weaving baskets was formed in Binga on the shores of Lake Kariba – the Binga Craft Centre. Danish development workers helped out. Today it is barely surviving.
In Binga we also helped establish a Museum, to celebrate and inform about the culture of the Tionga people. It still exists, 25 years later. It still tells a story that is important.