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 the 53 other countries to talk about them with any certainty.

I must be honest and admit that when it comes to Zimbabwe, I am still learning a lot about my home country. In my defense, I was born there, but I moved to the United States with my family as a baby, at barely 2 months old. There is clearly a difference between eating Zimbabwean food and hearing Shona in your home in America, and growing up in Zimbabwe. Yet still, I would like to think that I’m not ignorant about the beauty of my country and the rich vibrance of my culture.

However, when it comes to Zimbabwe, I have been JUST as guilty as my non-Zimbabwean friends of being ignorant of what life is actually like in sub-Saharan Africa.

So yes, Zimbabwe and other African nations have animals like lions, and giraffes, and elephants that you can PAY to see (just like American zoos!).

But there are also cities, and innovations, and brilliant collaborations happening each and every day.

I made this video when I visited Zimbabwe a year and a half ago to explain some (silly) things I realized once I got to Zimbabwe.

So, what’s my point?

Clearly Zimbabwe is more than just lions and safaris and exotic things.

In the same way that schools in America need help and support, some schools in Zimbabwe need help and support.

Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned this weekend is this: in order to move forward, together, as humans, we have to be open to ideas that are different than our ignorant assumptions.

Education is the key to destroying ignorance.

Yes, the nonprofit TineVimbo is committed to supporting education in Zimbabwe. Additionally, I believe it’s the goal of this organization to reshape the way people view philanthropy, charity, and helping one another.

The way we seek to help the Hwata Secondary School is in a LASTING way – in a way that will help the current students AND future students help themselves.

Forget about the old saying that says, “If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach him to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.”

We aim to teach a generation. So they can build empires, not just make meals.

-Vimbo

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