In Lessons From My Grandmother, we learn that Yeukai is a driven, determined, and ambitious young woman who relentlessly pursues her goals. She achieves her dreams of earning a top notch education, establishing herself on a career path with bright prospects, and carving out what seems to be an AmericanRead More
An awe-inspiring read about growing up white in Zimbabwe.
I very much enjoyed reading Peter Godwin’s Mukiwa. Though a memoir, this book reads like a novel. I found myself captivated by the plot, and had to constantly remind myself that what I was reading was an account of someone’s life. PeterRead More
Poignant memoir of an author’s visits to a country that holds her childhood home.
In African Laughter, Doris Lessing’s nostalgia for a country she left behind is palpable. Even though the main focus of the book is to give an account of the author’s visits to Zimbabwe between 1982 and 1992,
Family drama in colonial Southern Rhodesia.
Doris Lessing’s The Grass is Singing tells an ageless story of characters moving through life in what I would call absolute unconsciousness. The portrayal of Mary and her husband Dick, white farmers in Southern Rhodesia, capture the era of white supremacy over indigenous Africans. Unfortunately,
Things do fall apart when tribal beliefs clash with a foreign religion.
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a classic masterpiece. It is an engrossing tale—from the colorful descriptions of tribal life in a Nigerian village before Christianity to the inevitable clashes as the new religion takes root.
Through the life of
A classic still relevant in today’s world.
Like many people, I read Animal Farm as part of my high school curriculum and understood its meaning even at that young age. I just recently read it again—a few decades later—after I came across a review that made me want to revisit theRead More
A fascinating read that harmoniously intermarries science and spirituality … at least in my mind.
The Synchronicity Key is a fascinating read. As a scientist by training and profession, I started getting disillusioned by science not very long ago, and have been moving toward spirituality—until I came across this book. The
In the rural areas of Buhera District in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe, a young man named Lameck is generating a lot of buzz with the market garden he created on the banks of the Murove River. This garden has become an inspiration to the people of his community. IRead More
I met with Mandi, one of our Munhu students, during my recent trip to Zimbabwe in December 2015.
“Without the help I received from your organization, I would have no hope for a decent life. Now, I wake up each morning excited about my future.”
My heart soared when I heard those
Munhu, the name of our organization, means a person—a human being—in the local Shona language that is spoken by most people in Zimbabwe (over 75%). In Ndebele, the other major local language spoken in Zimbabwe, Munhu translates to umuntu.
Munhu/umuntu points to the Bantu people’s spirit of Ubuntu that Nelson Mandela not only embodied, but taught to