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Daring the impossible: Team up to Clean up rewriting Mbare’s history

Mbare is one of the oldest and highly populated suburbs in Harare with several open grounds full of garbage. The suburb, which is a hub for all kinds of businesses is also popular for high crime rate and drug abuse by young people. Due to its high population, the environment is not as clean, culminating to series of outbreak in diseases like Cholera and Typhoid. Fr Isaac Fernandez SJ said, “We want to change the story of Mbare and get a different narrative. We want Mbare to be at the fore front, pioneering recycling techniques and new ways of waste management.” “In our clean up, we are separating material and take organic material to the church for composting,” which will then be used to support other programmes like the school’s aquaponics.

An overview of the IMCS Pan-African Assembly

jesuits_zimbabweThe African delegates and chaplains of the International Movement of Catholic Students convened from the 4th to 12th of October 2014 in Lusaka Zambia, for the 11th IMCS Pan-African Assembly whose guiding theme was: Youth engagement in a sustainable and integral human development within the context of climate change.

The salient objective of the Assembly was to allow in depth facilitations, discussions and reflection by professionals and delegates in a bid to find realistic strategies to deal with the pressing African problems.

Fr General on disaster preparedness

jesuits_zimbabweThis is a slightly shortened version of a letter from Fr General, Adolfo Nicolás SJ to major superiors on 12 March 2012.  It is published here on the Jesuits Zimbabwe website to assist us to reflect on how we in Zimbabwe respond to natural and human-made disasters.

There was, for example an occasion in recent years where a large number of families fled to Silveira House for refuge after being displaced from their homes.  This was a man-made disaster.

History of Silveira House

fr munyoro sjSilveira House, Jesuit Social Justice and Development Centre is a Catholic Church based organisation named after the first Jesuit priest to come to Zimbabwe in the 16th century (Gonzales da Silveira). It was founded in 1964 by Fr John Dove SJ. After Zimbabwean Independence in 1980, Silveira House focused more on civic education, to promote the participation of Africans who had been historically excluded from the political and economic system of the country. It also started various projects on skills training, sustainable agriculture, trade unionism and community development.