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2nd Day MMC Camp Music!

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2nd Day of September MMC Camp

What do 234 girls look like on a hike?  Incredible!

They are hiking about 800 meters from the Nhimbe Community Center.  How delightful! 

How often do we as females get to be free in the forest?

MMC September hike from Jaiaen Beck on Vimeo.

 

 

The hiking journey always makes a stop to climb.

Anyone is free to go for it.

 

And go for it they do!

MMC September trees from Jaiaen Beck on Vimeo.

 

The girls also practice their public speaking by offering a thank you to everyone involved.

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September MMC Camp Live Now!

We hope to bring you some pictures and videos over the next few days as the girls have gathered in Mhondoro at the Nhimbe for Progress Community Center for yet another great camp. 

 

They live together Friday to Sunday, three times a year, to celebrate life and being a girl

 

We are so honored to be able to bring them this opportunity and thank all of you for the support you have extended to help Mhandara Monthly Care (MMC) and this camp.  It has grown and developed into this rich and deeply connected program.

 

They arrive in their uniforms from school and then relax into whatever they want.  Girls of any age are welcome, so some of the preschoolers even attend, as well as graduates from our Girl Guides weekly meetings.  They always begin the weekend with plenty of singing.

 

MORE TO FOLLOW AS THE WEEKEND UNFOLDS!

Be Seeing You at Zimfest August 9-12th?

Summer Greetings brings the sweet music from Zimbabwe to our local Oregon mid-valley! If you are attending, please contact me at windgatherer@ancient-ways.org just as soon as possible about whether you can help at our booth where we will be bringing the crafts from our villages as well as other African wares, and sharing information about the latest in our Nhimbe for Progress project.  Cosmas Magaya is not able to attend Zimfest but he is here in the states, while his wife Patricia is running things abroad, keeping everything in tip-top shape.

 

August 9th-12th, we will be celebrating what this wonderful music has brought into all of our lives!

See www.zimfest.org where you will find more information about:

  • Zimbabweans who have been able to come for a visit,
  • Sharing of daily and nightly Zimbabwe music at WOU campus in Monmouth,
  • Vendors who will be offering an African marketplace,
  • Musicians of ALL ages playing together as performers and as students,
  • Free daytime concerts and affordable concerts at night for 4 nights and 3 days,
  • As well as other pre-festival events…look at zimfest.org for more info!

Do let me know if you can help at the booth…many hands make light work…the most critical times are setup and take down every day since all booth items are packed away daily, and then we re-invent the space the following day.  Thank you for however you might assist!

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Jaiaen

Join Us for May Music!

The Ancient Ways Community Marimba Ensembles will be playing at the following locations in the mid-valley during the month of May.  Consider getting these on your calendar!

  • We hope you will join us at our annual pilgrimage to Thyme Garden in Alsea on Mother’s Day May 13th.  Kufindura, Tamuka and the beginning classes will play blended sets from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and again 3:30 to 5 p.m.  This is a festive event with many craft vendors and some incredibly great catered food for sale.  The nursery is open all day to get those much needed plants for the yard and garden, as well as nature trails as part of a wonderful woodsy setting.
  • Again this year, one of our Community Marimba Ensembles will share Sunday the 20th‘s Pentecost with the Corvallis First United Methodist Church on Monroe.  Join us from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. as we share the sweet uplifting music from Zimbabwe as part of the service. Pull out your red and orange clothes to wear and celebrate!
  • On Saturday May 26th from 11-1 a.m. Kufindura and Tamuka will play a blended set while you do your shopping from the fresh market produce available in downtown Albany (across from the court house).  The market opens at 9 am with quite a selection.

Put on your dancing shoes and make sure you say hello!

Third Field Report

Many thanks go to Amy Blinn and Payton James-Amberg as they made it possible for me to blog while in Zimbabwe.  Many hands make light work!  In this case as well, the infrastructure in the villages just can’t support the needs for communication.  We were lucky to send an email!  Great appreciation here for their assistance, as well as the multiple families who helped me cover the home and farm while away!

 

Find the third field report here.  Please read when possible, and share with your community.  Thank you so much for the continued support.  I’m not posting it in its entirety since its full of pictures and video links, but here is a taste:

It is with much gratitude that I offer this third and final field report of our visit to Mhondoro.  Thank you for all you are doing to help us help them, both as contributions financially , and your own active efforts to make a difference.   Your generous encouraging words are precious thoughts that keep us going when things get tough.

 

Here is the short version for those of you on the run:

 

  • APRIL HOLIDAY GIRL GUIDES 3-DAY CAMP A SUCCESS! – 235 Girls Attending – up from 74!
  • UNIVERSITY SPONSORSHIP – A Bit More is Required to Get Lillian Registered
  • LIBRARY UPDATE – New Books are now merging into the Library Re-Org
  • MARIMBAS AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER – Broken Marimbas are Being Replaced!
  • REPAIRS NEEDED – SMALL TO LARGE – Termites, Chairs and Hut Roofs All Require Attention
  • HOW YOU CAN HELP! What can you do that can make a difference?

 

Visit to Zimbabwe Soon!

Our spring trip to Zimbabwe is almost upon us!

Thank you for noticing the Field Reports as they come to your inbox over the next few weeks.

We welcome your thoughts, and above all your encouragement!  Stay tuned…

Here is a link to previous field reports
http://www.ancient-ways.org/news/field-reports/

Upcoming Ancient Ways Events April/May

Please put these two events at Thyme Garden in Alsea on your calendar http://www.thymegarden.com/Events

  • April 23rd, at 2 pm, the Circle of Well Being, the wellness program of Ancient Ways, is sponsoring a healing circle as part of the Earth Day celebration at Thyme Garden 11 am. to 3 pm. Settled in the forest next to a waterway, Thyme Garden is well known for its incredible selection of herbs and enormous woodsy ambiance. Children welcome!
  • Sunday, May 14th, Ancient Ways community ensembles will be playing the sweet and uplifting music from Zimbabwe on marimbas as part of the 24th annual “Art in the Garden” Mother’s Day event (13th-14th, 10-5 pm). Kufindura will play 12:30 pm to 2 pm. Tamuka Marimba and Kufindura will both play 3:30 to 5 pm. Put on your dancing shoes!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Girls Camps and You!

We have an exciting opportunity to support the girls in the villages right now. Please see www.ancient-ways.org/summer-2016-camps/ where we have a few pictures and audio recordings that have just come in.

They are holding a weekend camp and gratefully able to do so because of a seed donation from a Lacomb Girl Scout Troop. Any way that you can help us to offer this camp, will make an impact! Just $4 will send one girl to camp for 3 days and 2 nights.

These girls are deserving just like girls all over the world who are without access to resources. We have our finger on the pulse of this, ready to help, and are appreciative of anything you can do.

I want to thank you for all of the support you have given us due to my trip to Zimbabwe last March. Your thoughts, words and deeds were very encouraging to everyone.

We are deepening the preschool well right now as the drought has taken its toll on the water supply, only because of donations that came in. And the monthly care program had a great lift off and we are now working through the details of how to expand beyond our own young ones. coming in next year.

Thank you very much for taking the time to check out the link above where it shares more intimately what goes on in these camps!