The Tengenenge Story Continues…
Those of you who read The Czech Dialogue regularly may recall the happy faces of Zimbabwe children and of the sculptures created in Tengenenge. Also you may remember the information about active Czech volunteers in this unique village.
Changes in this region are slow. The people depend on selling their sculptures which are world famous.
The access to the village is hard- one has to cross some territory owned by a Chinese firm. Until recently, all the children were required to become sculptors regardless of their wishes or talents.
This fact is being changed due to the support of an organization called Club of Tengenenge Friends in the Czech Republic (Klub pratel Tengenenge v CR). See also www.tangenenge.cz There is now a school for the children called Horse Shoe- nine km away from the village. The children have to walk there through the crooked lanes in the bush when the weather is dry. They are often absent from school because they have to help their parents with the sculptures. Still the school meets the goal- to make sure that all children have the same access to education.
The school building is still being improved under the leadership of the Club’s founder Marie Imbrova (www.imbrova.cz) and her architect friend Stepanka Chaloupkova. Their plans for the future include building a kitchen which would be run by local women, also raising chickens and making toys for children to strengthen their financial situation. The first dolls had already been sent to the Czech Republic and they had been sold.
At the present time the Club is planning- together with an African Sculptures Organization- a benefit on November 8 at the Holiday Inn in Prague. All of you are welcome to attend. You can also contribute using the account at the Ceska sporitelna 2390465389/0800
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