Family expansion

Family expansion

I got the hang of it! I can communicate in some Shona now and that makes life way easier. When children happily shout murungu* at me, I surprise them with Seke mutema!*. I feel fortunate: I can make someone’s day by just saying ‘hi’ and I can even deprive them of...
Identity and crisis

Identity and crisis

Buying money With a friend I plan to go to Harare. We own 1 buck, so first we visit some acquaintances to buy money from them: we receive 2 dollar and will pay them 3 dollar back later. There is a cash crisis in Zimbabwe: people are queuing for hours to get a little...
On my way with the King of Kings

On my way with the King of Kings

For breakfast I stroll to the mango tree in front of my house. With a stone I knock off a ripe mango off the tree.  I don’t bother peeling the mango anymore, the locals taught me this. I think I will extend my stay in Zimbabwe to be able to enjoy the avocados and...
Africa: green and wet

Africa: green and wet

It’s night, everybody tries to sleep. Except for the two small girls next to me. They can’t stop playing some game on the computer screen in front of them. At three o’clock in the morning a warm meal is served which fills the plane with the smell of beef. Then I...
Exited for Zim

Exited for Zim

It doesn’t quite fit in the row of professionals representing Dutch institutions. But as soon as Job starts talking, I feel this internship is the one I will choose! Early September we are gathered with students and professionals in a classroom at the University...
Saskia in Zimbabwe

Saskia in Zimbabwe

There she goes! Saskia Sybrandi. Young, intelligent and enthusiastic. A student Preventive Child Care & Pedagogy at the University of Amsterdam. She will be a part of team in Zimbabwe for the next two months. About her, unquestionably totally amazing experiences...