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I’m personally financing all costs of the hike itself along with some help from corporate sponsorships for my food and equipment. That means 100% of the monies raised by RhythmRIDE for Zimbabwe will be split between the following three trustworthy non-profit organizations. In all cases the money will be hand delivered to Zimbabwe where the head of each organization will stay and distribute it accordingly, ensuring that all of the funds will be put to good use.

The Village Health Project, headed by two Doctors of Oriental Medicine, Elizabeth Checchio and Sean Tuten, works internationally to reduce the prevalence of AIDS, helping people with HIV to live positively through integrated medical treatment, education and research.

This New Mexico-based 501c(3) non-profit organization is currently working with The Centre, a well-respected Zimbabwean NGO that has provided holistic services to over 3,000 people. Together they are opening a free medical facility in Harare, Zimbabwe, a country with one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world.

This clinic is the first of its kind, combining acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies with nutritional counseling and indigenous healing practices in an effort to help alleviate the suffering of the many families and children impacted by the AIDS crisis.


Nhimbe for Progress
aims to promote recognition of our spiritual and human relatedness to rural Zimbabwean people by providing appropriate assistance where the need exists, in an ecologically sound, self-sustaining, and culturally respectful way. It also seeks to create opportunity for cultural exchange, which encourages unity and cooperative empowerment. Nhimbe is a word from the Shona people of Zimbabwe referring to a community working together to help each other in daily life. Headed by Jaiaen Beck, this 501c(3) non-profit organization is doing just that for seven rural villages in the Mhondoro region, about 140 kilometers from Harare. Cosmas Magaya, who is not only a world renowned master mbira player and beloved teacher, but also a prominent businessman, administers the program in Zimbabwe. They are working together to:

1) improve sub-standard living conditions (such as re-building collapsed huts that were destroyed by the floods, and building wells, toilets and fuel efficient stoves)

2) offer business opportunities to poor rural Zimbabweans

3) support educational opportunities (such as sponsoring children who cannot afford to attend school, providing teaching materials to schools, and establishing a pre-school program) and

4) Create a community fund to help with the special needs of the elderly, infants, and orphans.


Jaiaen was recently in Zimbabwe during September 2004. She was also there last December through February working with Cosmas to administer the Nhimbe projects. Please click below to read her very telling stories as told in her Field Reports:

September 27, 2004
September 18, 2004

February 20, 2004
February 4, 2004
January 19, 2004
January 3, 2004
December 20, 2003

Sister Mercy Mutyambizi, a Catholic nun, has devoted her life to helping Zimbabwean children who have been orphaned by AIDS. The Shungu DzeVana Trust, a Zimbabwean NGO, was founded to assist and support her work.

Shungu dzeVana is a Shona phrase referring to a passionate concern for children. Sister Mercy has hundreds of boys and girls to look after, from those a few months old to others in their teens. There are almost one million children without parents in Zimbabwe now. They cannot all be placed in orphanages. Fostering seems to be the answer to this national catastrophe.

The African extended family is still able to cope with many of these emergencies and there are also families, sometimes widows, willing to receive into their homes the children of strangers. Whenever relatives are prepared to bring up such children they must be supported; often they are very poor themselves. Sister Mercy has found foster homes for almost 500 children now. With the support provided by the Shungu DzeVana Trust, she is able to help with school fees, food and clothing shortages, and medical care.


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