Water. We are flooded with her, basking in her, poured through by her, blessed by her. She is our life-blood, our memory, our teacher
It's easy for us to take her for granted, because she’s wet and cold, and we like to be warm and comfortable.
In these rainy days we remember the prayers, the dances, the songs and the ceremonies of dear friends in rural Zimbabwe. We remember the passion of those prayers for water, the full-bodied, full-hearted, full-spirited cry for water. Because she visits only sometimes, and so she is honoured, loved beyond all loving, thanked beyond all gratitude.
In 2018 Kennedy Chinyere and Denise Rowe set up the Trees of Hope project in rural Zimbabwe, an eco-legacy project supporting local communities in rural Zimbabwe to plant and safeguard trees, and raising awareness of how essential trees are to our safe future in a thriving ecosystem.
And right now, what is most needed for this project, this land and this rich culture to thrive is access to water.
A solar powered borehole will mean:
Clean drinking water for around 150 locals, who otherwise have to walk 4km to the closest borehole
A sustainable year-round water source for the Trees of Hope tree nursery which aims to provide every child with their own trees and to reforest field margins and river banks
Clean water for local crops, cattle and goats, enabling ongoing sustainable agriculture and farming
The borehole will cost a total of £5,000
This is where you come in. Because we’re still living in a world where the wealth is disproportionate due to past injustices, and we still have the lion’s share.
There’s a song the spirit medium sings in the mbira ceremony. Its beautiful, and haunting and ever since I heard it it's been singing right into my heart. Turns out the song is a question: What kind of relationship do we have with our brothers and sisters if we are full and they are hungry?
We have received so much from the rich traditions of Zimbabwe, so much music, so much wisdom. Let's give something back while we can.
Giving so much thanks in advance for your generosity with this, from us, from the people, from the trees and from the earth.
Thank you for remembering we are family