Buy a Brick Campaign for an Internet Centre in the Tonga Area!

The artists having signed this appeal support the Tonga.Online Project, which aims to establish an Internet access for the Tonga people who live in the remote border area of Zimbabwe.

The projects immediate objective is to contribute to the establishment of  Internet Centers at Binga Highschool and Siachilaba Primary School. In the long run it will facilitate easier access to education and provide a permanent platform for communication and information for this marginalized ethnic minority. Furthermore the project should also enable the Tonga to better expose and present their culture and their music in Zimbabwe and world-wide, as well as to encourage an exchange with other peoples. Considering the actual severe crisis in Zimbabwe, this is of great importance for the life and survival of the Tonga people.

As participants in cultural exchange between Austria and Southern Africa we were given a chance to experience the creativity, energy and cultural diversity of this region. For this reason we feel particularily urged and motivated to declare our solidarity with the Tonga people and appeal to others to also support the Brick Campaign for Internet Centres in Binga district. The campaign is aiming at a contribution of at least ATS 60.000.- (US$ 4.000.-) to the project and should provide the necessary funding for the completion of the room at Binga Highschool and for the electricity link of Siachilaba Primary School.

Bricks can be donated by transferring an amount of ATS 150,- or US$ 10,- per brick to the account of ARGE Zimbabwe Account Number 16800007352 at Sparkasse OÖ, in Linz (Austria), BLZ 20320, Account Name "Tonga.Online".

Here on the website you will find more information on the progress of the campain.

ATTENTION: every tenth donor of  a brick will receive a free CD of  “Tonga. Six Reflections” or one CD of the supporting artists!

Supporting artists: Slavko Ninic & Wiener Tschuschenkapelle + Werner Puntigam + Sabine Bitter + Helmut Weber + Thomas Schneider + Peter Androsch + Sigi Finkel & African Heart + Michael Pilz + Klaus Hollinetz + Oliver Ressler + Candice Breitz

Donations so far (1 July 2001):  ATS 4.150.-

Bricks: Martha Faust, Peter & Claire Berner, Peter Androsch, Hannelore Stöckl, Dominique & Toni Mair, Klaus Hollinetz, Michael Pilz

CD´s: Werner Puntigam, Sigi Finkel