The Matopo Primary School Teacher-to-Teacher project is documented here. It is kindly being supported by ETAS (English Teachers Association Switzerland) and the Roger Federer Foundation.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This video really captures the spirit of Zimbabwe--the desperate conditions as well as the eternal hope that I always feel when I'm there.
Things will be heating up soon as the elections in March approach.
Inflation is now so high that it can't be measured anymore, particulary as there is nothing to buy in the shops.

I and my friends at Matopo Primary School are so grateful for the help ETAS has provided so far--and for whatever support readers of this blog can offer, thank you so much.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Changes- going from bad to worse

Despite the terrible condition of things in Zimbabwe, I'd like to share a video of hope. You too can make a difference!

Monday, January 28, 2008

worse and worse

In Zimbabwe, police tear-gassed hundreds of protesters in Harare after they held a rally in a football stadium. They were demonstrating mainly against the parlous state of the economy; inflation is now thought to be over 50,000%, but the government has stopped counting. (from the Economist on-line, 24.01.08

As you can see, the news gets worse and worse...there have even been rumours of a civil war. As much as I would like to see the back of Mugabe, a war would certainly affect our friends at Matopo in the worst possible way.

I hope you will all join me in continuing our support for Matopo--they need it more than ever!

Monday, January 14, 2008

ETAS AGM in Lugano

Thank you to all of the ETAS members who bought raffle tickets at the AGM in Lugano on January 12-13--we raised over CHF 1,600.-- which will help to buy text books, school uniforms for the neediest pupils, and even some basic foodstuffs.
Things are set to get even more miserable in Zimbabwe. The Economist reported that it is the fastest shrinking economy in the world! But thanks to our support, the teachers at Matopo Primary School see a small ray of hope, enough to keep several of them from leaving the country. Seeing that kind of courage, I feel we MUST go on helping.

Please feel free to place your comments, no matter how brief, and a few words of moral support!


Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year?

Most of us think of the new year with optimism and as a new start. I am not so positive about Zimbabwe, unfortunately.

Mr Patson Mpofu recently sent me an email, though, where he said: "We will never surrender Zimbabwe...we will never give up on our children's future..."

With these words he gave me heart to keep trying to help Zimbabwe's children, despite the odds.

If you would like to help with financial support, or with donations of materials, please get in touch with me! Any small help is very welcome and much appreciated.