[Day 12-14] Hope Soap & Reunions

Hello hello! I wanted to share a special part of the trip. My friend made dozens of soaps before I left the USA for the kids at the Hwata School – and they have “Hope” imprinted on them. She included a washcloth and some small notes for the kids to read. This is extra special because printed on each little soap bar is HOPE. TineVimbo means “We have hope, or …

[Days 1-4] Hello Zimbabwe!

“That’s a lot of stars in the sky!” I exclaimed as we took the long road home from the airport to my parents home here in Zimbabwe. Either 2 days of travel (24 hours of flight time along) had gotten to me, OR it was true – I actually haven’t seen a sky full of stars in a long time….because let’s face: there IS quite a lot of light pollution in …

Just in case you were wondering…

In less than 3 weeks, I’m going to be on a plane to Zimbabwe for the Hwata School Project! I cannot say THANK YOU enough to the dozens of you who have already donated $7,000+!!! Friends, strangers, and acquaintances around the world have given to this mission – and we’re getting closer to the goal! WE’VE raised 61% of the minimum amount ($12,000) needed to meet all of the goals …

This Is What Your Donation Really Means.

Sometimes it’s hard to connect the dots when it comes to giving. You plant a seed, but may not see where it goes. Let me paint a picture for you! Your donation will make these things a reality: -Running water for high school students after a long day of school work -A school garden that will literally grow nourishment for the students of the Hwata School and the Zimbabwean community surrounding …

My Friend Challenge: I dare you to take part!

If each of my friends on Facebook donated $15 to this Hwata School Mission project today, we could reach the goal of $25,000! Seriously. That’s all. I’m challenging each and every one of you reading this right now. I need your help to make my trip this summer a reality!!! Give here: www.tinevimbo.org/donate For the price of two Chipotle meals, a pair of leggings, or 3 drinks from Starbucks, you …

There is more to Africa than what you saw on the Lion King.

Remember that movie, in the 90s, with all the talking animals, that made you believe that every child in Africa had lions for pets, and could speak to Rafiki? Yeah….Not quite real. In honor of all the talk (lately) about immigrants, diversity, and cultural misconception, I’ve decided to write a blog about…..AFRICA! More specifically, I’d like to talk about Zimbabwe, because let’s be honest – I don’t know enough about …

This is what it looks like to not give up.

The Obstacle. There’s an education crisis in Zimbabwe. Following Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 from Great Britain, education in Zimbabwe rose to be the one of the best systems on the African continent. However, over the past 15 years, as the Zimbabwean economy has been on a rollercoaster, the public school system has crumbled. In 2013 alone over 13,000 students had to drop out of school due to lack of teachers, supplies, …

Trip Postponed – Looking Forward to June

I want to start out by saying this: thank you so much to all of you who have donated to the Hwata School Project! I’m so grateful for the prayers, money, supportive words, comments, and messages. We’ve raised over $1,600 with your help! This is a great start. The decision has been made to forgo a trip this December, fundraise some more, and wait until June to make a trip …

“Why Would You Do That? That’s Just CRAZY!”

This past Sunday, I completed my first half-marathon with a couple of my friends. 13.1 miles. 21.1 kilometers. And trust me, all these words of my non-running friends back home echoed in my mind the whole way (especially mile ten…mile ten was really rough with the rain beating down on us!). The words were this, “Why would you run a half marathon? That’s just crazy!” They were right, but I knew …