To dream or not to dream that is the question
This is a question i always ask myself everytime i struggle out of my boring insignificant dreams. You see i am a Zimbabwean and with the constant threat of helplessness i feel when it comes to the future of my country and its people, you begin to wonder whether there is hope, and if there is for how long should we wait in anticipation for this so called HOPE. For to be honest for most of my people, hope has come and gone several times and now we have reached a stage where we are scared of HOPE. A good number of us are displaced in several other countries in which we are seen as pests that go around sucking blood out of other nations.
One wants to sit there being proud of who you are when in actual fact we really dont have anything we can call our own for which to be proud of. Therefore i came to conclusion that in this blog i would stand here and fuse the cynical side of my nature that boils my blood and also harness the optimism that wakes me up in the morning and use this to look at all the social problems we have in not only Zimbabwe but in the continent. I am now calling upon all Africans to voice your opinion about your own country and other countries that surround you. Letting us all know what makes you mad, happy and frustrated. Hopefully one day we can then look back and use the platforms of reflection as a means to address the problems we face as Africans.
The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating on a daily basis. The cholera outbreak of the past week, as well as chronic food, water and electricity shortages, highlights the challenges facing the people of Zimbabwe. In addition, the collapse of the Zimbabwean currency, spiralling inflation and the gradual disintegration of the security forces are all indications of a situation that is getting more desperate by the day.
Extensive emergency relief efforts will be required over the next few weeks to help stabilise the situation in Zimbabwe.
SANGONeT has compiled a list of local and international relief agencies coordinating and delivering emergency relief from South Africa to Zimbabwe.
If you would like to support the efforts of these agencies, please refer to the following list:
Gift of the Givers Foundation
Contact: Dr Imtiaz Sooliman
Tel: 0800 786 777 / (033) 345-0163
Contact: Cassiem Khan
Tel: (011) 836-1054
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Contact: Guillermo de los Santos
Tel: (011) 403-4440
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Contact: Annemarie Watt
Tel: (012) 430-7335
International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for Southern Africa
Contact: Yukiko Kumashiro
Tel: (012) 342-2789
Contact: Ms Nombuso Shabalala
Tel: (011) 642-9283
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Contact: Kelly David
Tel: (011) 517-1634
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Contact: Dr Stella Anyangwe
Tel: (012) 354-8556
Contact: Junaid Seedat
Tel: (011) 731-4500
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Contact: Gershon Naidoo
Tel: (031) 700-5301
Contact: Joan Littlefield
Tel: (045) 839-6860
Catholic Relief Services
Contact: Davor Dakovic
Tel: (011) 884-1535
Other international agencies involved in relief efforts in Zimbabwe:
Action Against Hunger
Care International in Zimbabwe
Methodist Relief and Development Agency
United Nations Children's Fund
Zimbabwe Benefit Foundation
If you know of any other organisations which should be added to this list, please send the information to SANGONeT.