We drafted an inclusive tournament, with eight local teams (including 4 from Chaseyama, 2 from Hot Springs and 2 from Chakohwa) which could include players of any age or gender.
Amius, a helper at the kindergarten and teacher at the weekends, informed us of a Zimbabwean tradition: only the men eat the chickens feet (which must be prepared separately from the rest of the carcass). It is perceived that because the males of the household (back when the people were hunter gatherers) were the ones to roam across the expansive landscape to provide food for the family, the feet were a reward for their efforts.
After a year apart from Julious and PORET, Sarah and I needed to realign with PORET’s mission. Julious explained that PORET’s purpose is “to support inspirational and well thought out projects that contribute to the development of Chaseyama and Chimanimani District as a sustainable and resilient community”. The aim is to empower all age groups with the relevant tools to improve their livelihoods, regenerate their landscape and adapt to their changing climate - to create heavy stones.
During December 2014, donors contributed $5,000 towards our $15,000 goal. Although this was only two thirds of our goal, prioritisation will allow us to meet the main project goals: solar energy and internet connectivity at the PORET site. This benefit both the PORET Livelihoods projects and the newly constructed Kindergarten on the site.