Kufunda Village

A learning village learning our way into healthy and vibrant communities of the future


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Young Women are Medicine

oasis jumpWe have an exciting new programme coming up in March next year. It is called Young Women Are Medicine and it is a one month immersion for young Zimbabwean Women, to support them in growing more fully into their strength, confidence and wisdom.

We have discovered that it is very difficult to identify capable young women to join the Communiversity leadership programme. Most of the young women’s confidence and sense of direction is far less than that of the young men. Many of them are paralysingly shy and completely unused to expressing an opinion especially in diverse company. This is to a large degree due to the lack of support in finding and following their own voice, that young women get as they grow up. There is a real need to create an enabling environment for young women to be able to participate fully confident of who they are and what they bring to their world.

With this programme, we will journey with them during a month of self-discovery, healing, celebration and deepening intention for their life. We will, through the programme, invite them to step in as more choiceful, conscious co-creators of their future.

Their primary focus will be on moving through a carefully designed and structured process to discover their own value, their beauty and their strength.

We will be using our tools and experience from hosting the personal development and leadership strands in the longer leadership programme and take them on journey into themselves as young women.

They will during the last part of their stay in the village use the village as a platform to express their growth and learning by hosting a community engagement process inside the village itself, called the Oasis Game. The challenge of the Oasis Game is to undertake a transformative action in a community, stimulating the participation of each individual in a community engagement and co-creation process around a dream that the village has.

This final very practical step will make the difference between a process that is based on dreams to one that gives them the space to experience and express their own leadership capacities as young women reclaiming their voice and the power.

Please join us to make this important work possible.

 

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Kufunda Photo Journal October-November

Oct-Nov Hari

Photos Clock wise from Top Left: Children from Chitungwiza part of the Oasis Game; Richard and Collins co-hosting during the ToL reflection day; playing the rope game during the Art of Hosting; Nyeredzi children singing during end of year festival; Oasis: Together we can!; Proud and happy Flowgame hosts.

We are ending the year with a big bang. October saw us hosting a flow game training with ten new flow hosts being trained. The game is growing in Zimbabwe. We continued with an Art of Hosting around the theme of Navigating Uncertainty. It was our first Art of Hosting training to take place in the City of Harare. It was a wonderful diverse workshop, which opened participants and hosts alike to large and bold dreams  for the future – including a nationwide Appreciative Inquiry, and a move of the art of hosting into the political realms. We shall see how it all unfolds!

In November the Leadership Programme hosted an Oasis Game in Chitungwiza community. It was a powerful experience of community engagement and mobilisation through appreciation and working with what is. As the chosen slogan of this game spoke it: Together We Can! A park was reclaimed from mounds of rubbish, planting 80 trees and creating a small children’s playground with the local council and people from the community.

End of November, four of the Leadership Programme participants we given a chance to practice what they had learnt, when they were invited to design and host the Tree of Life’s annual reflection day. Our guys hosted the full day successfully with approximately 80 participants. They made us very proud.

We ended the Nyeredzi year with a Christmas festival put on by the children, singing and dancing their way to year end. It felt like our best festival yet, a beautiful testament to the growth of our school.

Thank you all for your support and friendship during 2014!


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August-September Photo Journal

Hari Aug sept

Photos Clock wise from Top Left: Solar Grandmothers handing our Solar wares in Zvimba; Maria Pera making dolls at the Kindergarten workshop; Zeebag ladies in the middle of a team building game; Going through the solar shipment; Enock and Robson at Food Festival; Maaianne and Aurthur in the dance; Displaying homemade dolls

Another two months of Vibrant Village Life. It has once again been a time of much activity.

We finally received the shipment of solar home set ups sent from Barefoot College in India. A community workshop at Kufunda preceded the distribution and setting up of home solar kits in the three communities that the Gogos come from. 150 happy families are now solarised! Thank you to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for helping facilitate the full process, and to Barefoot College for their bold vision of Barefoot Solar Engineers.

We also hosted our annual a week long Waldorf Kindergarten teachers training. Women from our partner  communities joined to learn more about working with the youngest in creative and life-affirming ways.

Kufunda offered an Art of Hosting training to Zeebags, a wonderful project working with women with mental health issues, who are healing through coming together in circles of friendship, as well as learning to up-cycle bags from plastic waste – as a way of creating possibility for themselves in their lives. It was a week of joyful learning both for the women and the village hosting them.

Late September we participated in the Harare International Traditional and Organic Food Festival. This time with new packaging and labels on our products, created by participants in our Communiversity Leadership Programme. We ended the month dancing, with Caroline Carey offering Movement Medicine to the Village as a way to connect to our inner wisdom and dancer.


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My true face that I would have never seen

Poem by Richard Pio, Participant on the Communiversity Programme

Richard

Richard

 
They painted me red, blue, green even yellow
A thousand brushes, a million strokes
I didn’t know
Various craftsmen, so many voices
The potter’s hand moulding
The sculptors chisel sculpting
Who can define, give meaning
Knowledge in abundance
But who can give understanding
They tinkered with the shell
Made dents, broke limbs, gave bruises
Yet inside the fire goes unquenched
The river runs unimpeded
Where did you from – Opened the flood gates
Broken the dam, release this torrent
Now I’ve put my shackles asunder
Walk with me run with me Kufunda
My mirror, you have shown me
My true face that I would have never seen


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Home

A post by Irvine Muzuva as he returns to the village after a year in learning at YIP in Jarna, Sweden.

Irvine Muzuva

Home…

It has always been & It will always be
The whispers from the rocks and forests
Peace i found within me
Smiles on their faces and within their hearts
There is always warmth everyday life
With the sun right above my head
from one to another rock and tree for shade
Then sinking with the boat of beautiful memories…
from the lives i have lived when i was away
It has been and it will always be

Home

Kufunda rocks

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Kufunda June-July Photo Journal

 

hotos Clock wise from Top Left Zvipo showing her collage of her intentions for the programme; Keith showing Elinah how to play guitar, Irvine and drum in Jarna, Admire all smiles during a session; Damaris Matthijsen from Holland during a session on the key aspects of new economy; Arthur and Colin creating video footage; recycled bag from the up-cycling session. with Lorraine.

hotos Clock wise from Top Left Zvipo showing her collage of her intentions for the programme; Keith showing Elinah how to play guitar, Irvine and drum in Jarna, Admire all smiles during a session; Damaris Matthijsen from Holland during a session on the key aspects of new economy; Arthur and Colin creating video footage; recycled bag from the up-cycling session. with Lorraine.

This update has to be in the name of the Kufunda Leadership programme (or the Communiversity Programme as the participants have taken to call it!). We kicked off in late June with what is surely our strongest cohort to date. A diverse group of younger leaders from from rural to urban Zimbabwe have gathered for six months of learning around sustainable community. Many of them are themselves already working with youth in their communities and so we can feel how what they learn is readily being integrated and stretched into very tangible future dreams. This is our fourth programme of this kind and we can feel how the learning and adaptation from the earlier programmes is paying off. The programme is happening with strong contributions and collaboration of Kufunda’s friends and partners from Zimbabwe and beyond, making for a rich pot of learning. Also in July, we joyously welcomed back Irvine Muziva from his year in Jarna, Sweden as part of the Youth Initiative Programme. He came back as a young man who has grown so much. He has stepped in as an apprentice facilitator of our Communiversity Programme. July also saw the visit of environmental activist, Vandana Shiva to Zimbabwe. Kufunda together with two of our community farmers joined in the talks and activities around her visit. She deeply inspired the village around our own choices towards working with traditional seeds and creating seed banks, and helped us see how much more is possible, and necessary.


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Kufunda Photo Journal April-May

Photos Clock wise from Top Left: Tinotenda, Ethel and more dancing off the husks during our Village Reatreat; The Kufunda youth preparing for Culture day; Traditional dance from the Chimanimani region; Young leaders playin the flow game during the Art of Hosting - Exploring their leadership questions; Nyimo  - after the dance; Ethel and Enock taking a break during the Art of Hosting workshop; Water Warrior Dance on Culture Day.

Photos Clock wise from Top Left: Tinotenda, Ethel and more dancing off the husks during our Village Reatreat; The Kufunda youth preparing for Culture day; Traditional dance from the Chimanimani region; Young leaders playin the flow game during the Art of Hosting – Exploring their leadership questions; Nyimo – after the dance; Ethel and Enock taking a break during the Art of Hosting workshop; Water Warrior Dance on Culture Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last two months have been full of joy at the village. 

We hosted our Village retreat for the second time. It is our new tradition which includes the full village, young and old. This time we celebrated harvest time, and in cultural style we DANCED our crops home. The whole village spent a few hours dancing on the beans as a simple, fun and engaging way to dehusk them. The top picture shows the light that can shine during such a dance.

We continued in preparation for our Culture Day, a collaboration with the Tree of Life. Around 300 people joined us on May 2nd, to express, witness 

and celebrate the different cultural expressions from around Zimbabwe. We ended the month with an Art of Hosting workshop, in which we hosted over 40 young leaders from across Zimbabwe for a four day experience and exploration of participatory leadership, as a part of our programme selection process. We selected 20 of those 40 for our upcoming Leadership programme, which begins at the end of June.