JULY 2020 UPDATE
BOREHOLE CAMPAIGN NOW UNDERWAY
The Black Freedom Concert generated over $2,600! Thanks to a very generous donation of in-kind streaming services from Studio 541 Productions, as well as many musicians who donated their talents, our costs to produce the event stayed at @$1000. While this was just the start of our fundraising efforts, we are excited to move forward with new efforts to raise funds.
If you would like to set up a meeting (virtual or outdoors) to talk about thoughts and ideas on how to fund the borehole project, please contact us. Many hands make light work!
UPDATE FROM BOARD MEMBER, MORRIS MUVUNZI
Morris is our spectacular on-the-ground board member in Bulawayo. Morris just completed the Foundation’s second visit to the City of Bulawayo to obtain permission to proceed with digging a borehole. We are excited to share his meeting last week with the Director of Bulawayo Housing and Community Services was successful and the city is enthusiastically on board with our project to dig a well at the Mzilikazi Youth Center, crediting ownership to the Mambira Foundation.
Now Morris will proceed with retrieving estimates from companies in Bulawayo that can dig the well, install indoor and outdoor plumbing, and purchase bathroom fixtures. We will make sure to keep you up to date on the total cost once these estimates have been obtained.
SAVE THE DATE: UPCOMING EVENT!
For those of you in the Eugene area we are excited to announce an evening concert in the backyard of the Mambira house on Polk St., August 22. The “Good Neighbors” concert will include two live performances: The Idit Shner Quartet and RatieD with all proceeds benefiting the borehole campaign.
Most of you are now familiar with RatieD’s original songs and are eager to see her perform live again while we wait for her album to be released later this year. For those that are not familiar with Idit Shner, she was featured on saxophone with both RatieD and Thomas Mapfumo at the “Black Freedom Concert.” A highly accomplished musician, composer, and UO Philip H. Knight Chair in the School of Music and Dance, (check her out here and here) her jazz quartet will debut music that is a direct result of Idit’s friendship and collaboration with percussionist and Mambira Foundation founder, John Mambira, that melds Zimbabwean rhythms with the jazz tradition.
Invitations will be emailed soon and we hope you can join us for this special event.
Once again, thank you for choosing to support us as we work together to transform the lives of countless youth in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, by providing clean water and sanitation.
The Board of the Mambira Foundation
JOHN MAMBIRA, EUGENE, OREGON, USA
ANDREA OLSON, EUGENE, OREGON, USA
SHEA ‘BIRDY’ BAKER, EUGENE, OREGON, USA
TENDAI MASIRIRI, OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, USA
MORRIS MUVUNZI, BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE