Someone shared this TED Talk by Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn't true.
"As a global community, we all want to end poverty. Mia Birdsong suggests a great place to start: Let's honor the skills, drive and initiative that poor people bring to the struggle every day. She asks us to look again at people in poverty: They may be broke — but the...Read Full Post »
|Posted by SarahJ on November 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM||comments (2)|
TED Talks are famous the world over and even books have been written on how to deliver a powerful talk like those heard at the conferences. The last Harare edition of the Tedx Conference had been in 2011.
Both Gamu and Luther have stressed to us the importance of being able to tell your story, so when I received my invitation to attend, I was keen to take notes on this art from the various speakers who would be there.
On arrival you could tell that this was a different...Read Full Post »
|Posted by SarahJ on November 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
In September, it was with great excitement that I found out that I along with 6 other people, were going to be part of Paruware Trust's second class of Fellows. At the welcome lunch, we were then informed that the initial training would be a week in Vumba. Many of my fellows were quite pleased to be leaving Harare for a little while.
The journey to Vumba was quite smooth and easy, despite the numerous road works along the way. I also enjoyed driving the second car with all the ladies. I...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Gamuchirai on October 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM||comments (0)|
Education for impact
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Open for emerging social entrepreneurs from around the world, aged 21 - 31
24 September - 27 November 2014
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|Posted by Gamuchirai on July 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
Yesterday I took my daughter to a hairdresser. I had to book an appointment before I took her to the saloon. The hairdresser is very good and always on demand because of her excellent work. When she comes to work everyday, she has a line up of clients who need her services. This literally means she does not need to be there if there is no work.
When I got to the saloon, I saw another hairdresser in the saloon. I always see her there sitting in her chair, and very rarely with a client. S...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Gamuchirai on July 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Recently a friend visited me. She was impressed by my new home, which was considerably bigger than the previous home I used to rent. I took her around the house and into a children’s play room which I also use for the children’s reading club I run every Saturday morning. She asked me one question that got me thinking, “Would you have thought about running the reading club if you still lived in that small place?” Maybe, I am not sure since I always loved books.
B...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Gamuchirai on July 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Playing a game without understanding the rules of the game makes a game appear much tougher than it actually is. You begin to rely on guess work. Such is life, money, business, the economy. You need to know the rules /principles that govern them before you can play well.
|Posted by Gamuchirai on June 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
I just attended a conference with about 250 development practitioners coming from various sectors. They shared some good work of what they are doing to improve people's livelihoods. There were so many successes. However, I had one big question, if all these people were doing such great work, how come poverty is still persistent? What would it take to see real change, a thriving economy and a reduction in unemployment rates. Is the work all just a drop in the ocean? If so, how many drops woul...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Gamuchirai on June 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
When is it okay to let go of your dream and to stop pursuing your passion? Every book/person I have talked to encourages you to pursue your dream relentlessly, to never let go, never quit, keep fighting despite the odds, discouragements, failures and disappointments. Recently, I met a bright young person with brilliant ideas, big dreams and eager to pursue her vision just after graduating. She refused to take a job because she wants to create jobs for other people...brilliant right! Thin...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Gamuchirai on June 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Reading opens the door to success. This may sound like an overused cliché! Actually the proper saying is, education opens the door to success. A bit of an exaggeration, maybe, but I really believe reading, which makes all the education possible does lead to success. Fortunately scientists and researchers have enough facts to prove this to be true. Parents are by far the most important educators in a child’s life and it’s never too young for a child to start, even if you...Read Full Post »