Women empowerment across the Great River

Listen to Zubo Trust’s Audio Collection: Bbindawuko Banakazi Fishing Co-op

“The audio recordings of Zubo Trust’s women form a seizable online archive. Based on audio documentation, even the exchange of experiences among women from both sides of the river (or Kariba Lake) could be revived: Zubo women recordings featured in live broadcasts on the community radio station Zongwe FM in Sinazongwe Zambia, just across the Lake form Binga Zimbabwe. Here, Zubo women fishery project caused a small revolution of sorts; because apparently, women in rural Zambia do not yet enjoy such opportunities for economic participation. Relevant radio broadcasts of Zongwe FM featuring recordings from Binga are available in Zubo’s online audio archive (…)”  

excerpt from a recently published article in the German “Graswurzel Revolution”

an English translation of the article is available for download

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"Our gods never helped us again ..."

The Tonga people describe resettlement and its aftermath in a booklet published by Panos Southern Africa in 2005 as part of The Oral Testimony Programme.

"Some 55 years ago, from 1957 to 1958, some 57,000 Tonga people in the Zambezi Valley were resettled, as the rising waters of the Kariba Dam flooded their villages. For many, the move marked a dramatic change in their quality of life, and the memories remain vivid"... (Preface)

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Harare, 12 Nov: Parade film honours Keith

A Celebration of the life and work of Keith Goddard among BaTonga Musicians
‘LINZ PARADE’  - (Documentary film, Austria, May 2009)
The Mannenberg, Fife Ave, Harare
Thursday 12 November 2009,  6-7.30pm

As a celebration of the life and work of the late Keith Goddard, Pamberi Trust invites you to a film screening of the world music documentary ‘LINZ PARADE’, filmed with Keith and BaTonga musicians of Zimbabwe and Zambia in Austria in May 2009 - another fascinating collaboration between musicians of the world.


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Call for BaTonga meeting in Harare

Our objective would be to provide a platform for dialogue about opportunities that currently exist, help people expand their social and professional networks as well as promote the exchange of information. I sincerely believe that there is too much talk about Development in Binga and sometimes it is too theoretical But think of this, if we can use our networks and support systems to ensure that our recent graduates get jobs or housing or share information that could help a business person, we would be doing Binga a great service because kuti One muTonga wazwidilila, it means we have one less person in the poverty statistics. We also know that the person will naturally help his or her family so that a simple effort of helping one person get a job has a multiplier effect that translates to building a region, one brick at a time. For that reason, we need to start meeting to get to know each other and share information.

What: Meeting for BaTonga people in Harare.
Proposed Date: Saturday, 24 September 2011
Time: 2 pm- 4 pm.
Venue: New Ambassador Hotel Lounge. The hotel is on Kwame Nkrumah and 2nd Street opposite Parliament.

Please invite more people!

Dominic Muntanga, 21 Sept. 2011

Keith Goddard Obituary

Dear all,

With deep sorrow we have been informed that our friend and Director of Kunzwana Trust Keith Goddard passed away last night, Friday 9 October at St Anne's hospital in Harare, where to he has been admitted two weeks ago with pneumonia.

ImageIt seems really impossible to believe that Keith has gone. What a great loss to all of us, foremost to his mother Pauline but also for the gay and lesbian community of Zimbabwe, GALZ, for the promotion of cultural exchange by Kunzwana Trust and for the Tonga.Online project and the Tonga community at large. Keith has always been in the forefront in pushing for tolerance and appreciation of cultural and sexual differences in society but was also actively involved in broader human rights campaigning and in the fight for access to affordable treatment for all people living with HIV/AIDS. And he was a composer and promoter of cultural diversity and inter-cultural exchange for many years.

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Half Marathon promoting International Peace Day in Binga

You are all being invited to take part in or witness the Kujatana Nkubotu 21.1 km Peace Half Marathon -> NOW POSTPONED <- to Saturday 22 October 2011 at Binga Centre.

The Kujatana Nkubotu 21km Peace Half Marathon is an annual race staged by Twalumba Foundation to commemorate the International Day of Peace. This year's event will be held under the theme Make Your Voice Heard. In line with the theme, Twalumba Foundation is organizing a mini-cultural festival to precede the marathon. The mini festival will showcase Tonga dances and artifacts that include carvings and baskets.

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MatNorth: Multi-Stakeholder in Education Workshop held

A Multi-Stakeholder planning workshop for Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture (MOEASC) was held from the 3rd to the 4th of March 2009 in Bulawayo.

The workshop which was attended by NGOs and partners working with the ministry in Matabeleland North Province was organised by MOESC with the objectives of:-

i)Getting the stakeholders to know each other and their areas of operation in light of avoiding duplication of effort.

ii)Stakeholders to understand the goals and objectives of the MOEASC and in this way assist the ministry in achieving them.

iii)Share experiences and together plan the way forward for a better Matabeleland North as far as education provision was concerned.

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Great River. Great Minds. New Technical College in Binga

The establishment of Zambesi Technical College in Binga has been received with a countless "wows". The young people of Binga have never in their wildest dreams envisioned the coming of a higher learning institute in their own district.

Girls are the most happy. Most girls marry at a young age after failing to attend college and since generally boys are given better chances to education, it is rare in a remote rural area for a girl to be prioritised.

On hearing about the opening of the college, one girl exclaimed " I have wanted to go to college for a long time, but when I thought of where I will stay, who will pay for my fees I just kept on giving up ".

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Zambesi Technical College
P.O. Box 70
Binga / Zimbabwe

Support The Red Cross and MSF to Cope with the Cholera Outbreak!

Aid Agencies like the Red Cross are struggling to cope with the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. Also the Austrian Red Cross has sent a team and equipment to provide for clean drinking water in congested areas of Harare.
"Custodia Mandhlate, representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and chair of the Zimbabwe Health Cluster responding to the cholera epidemic, said her team was struggling with failing communciation networks, and the incapacity of government agencies to stem an outbreak that was "out of control" and has claimed more than 1,000 lives." (IRIN)
The IRC and Austrian Red cross are asking for help and financial assistance, a call fully supported by AZFA. Plesae, contribute online:

Das Österreichische Rote Kreuz bittet um finanzielle Unterstützung:
PSK: 2.345.000, BLZ 60.000, Kennwort: Simbabwe
Online spenden unter:



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Protect Lake Kariba's Kapenta Fish!

by Ignatius Banda / IPS, 12 January 2011

Binga, Zimbabwe — "The fish are disappearing." The words and the world-weary gaze could belong to a fisherman from almost anywhere, as stocks come under pressure due to over-exploitation all over the world.

Tjilo Tjilo is a 67-year-old veteran from the Zimbabwean town of Binga, on the banks of the Zambezi River. He has spent a lifetime fishing for species such as bream and the two varieties of freshwater sardine known locally as kapenta fish. Dried or smoked, these small pungent fish are an important and affordable source of protein throughout the region.

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Basilwizi Trust
World Links for Development

HAK Linz Auhof Business Course - Binga Craftcentre
education highway, Austria

Land Oberösterreich
Österreichische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit EZA im BMAA
Austrian Development Agency ADA
Federal Chancellery / Kunstsektion
ok Centrum für Gegenwartskunst
Landesmuseum, State Museum of Upper Austria
Ars Electronica Center AEC
AlphaSmart UK
HMH Rubblemaster
Encore Budget Hotels

Spendenaktion Bücher für die Binga Library!

Eine Kampagne des Infoladens Treibsand in Kooperation mit Funkfeuer Linz und der ARGE Zimbabwe Freundschaft.

Im Rahmen des Projekts Tonga.Online wurde im vergangenen September die Bücherei des Hauptortes Binga im Tonge Gebiet mit 15 Computern als "Public Access Point" ausgestattet. Damit werden Bücher und Information auch online zugänglich gemacht. Das soll aber nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, daß der Bücherbestand selbst - von Sachbüchern bis zeitgenössischer Literatur aus Zimbabwe - in einem erbärmlichen Zustand ist. Deshalb hat die Initiative Funkfeuer Linz mit dem Infoladen Treibsand eine Spendenaktion für Bücher gestartet, die von der ARGE Zimbabwe unterstützt wird.

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