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05 January 2007

Country of the week: Zimbabwe

Mural painted by Hazel Ann Morris. More photos at

Mural painted by Hazel Ann Morris. More photos at
Zimbabwe factfile & links

• Friend articles on Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is part of Central & Southern Africa YM, which FWCC lists as having 200 members altogether.

Its Monthly Meetings are Bulawayo and Harare. John Schmid, treasurer of Bulawayo MM, told us: 'Our two meetings have shrunk considerably in recent years, to the extent that both in Harare and here as few as four Friends might meet on a Sunday. Yet we keep the flag flying and we keep two bursary schemes and a food relief scheme going.'

Another major Quaker activity in Zimbabwe is Hlekweni, meaning place of laughter. This is a Quaker training village near Bulawayo offering agriculture, building work and garment making courses amongst others as well as running a school. This year Hlekweni celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Read more about the country at the Zimbabwe wikipedia page

Other links:
The Quaker African Trust
Watch Hazel-Ann Morris talk about her experience at Hlenweki
Two articles in the Quaker Economist (an independent Quaker e-journal):
Zimbabwe: Background to the Crisis
Trusteeship for Zimbabwe?

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International Edition: Researching Quaker ancestors
Michael Hargreave
International edition: Helping young people to deal with the past
Diana & John Lampen
Country of the week: Zimbabwe

Green action
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Sustainability in our Meetings

Contraction & convergence – the solution to climate change?
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Travel & transport: how far can we go on renewables?
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Reducing your energy footprint
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An inconvenient truth
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Preserving the natural environment: wildlife gardening
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