Zimbabwe Retirement Home in Dire Straits

Please click the link below to find out more about ZANE An Introduction to ZANEOver the last week we have received many emails arising from the following Facebook and whatsapp message that has been circulating: I am writing this with a very heavy heart and it’s a plea to the world out there. We are...
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Bulawayo Care Home Chairlady Steps Down

Over the past few weeks we have been posting about the difficulties in Zimbabwe as the country goes once again into meltdown and how ZANE is stepping up to try and offer protection and help to the elderly victims who have nowhere else to turn for food, medicine and shelter in this deepening crisis. Sometimes...
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Tadpoles in the Shark Pond – Zimbabwe in Crisis

Dear Family and Friends, All semblance of normal has gone. Three months since Zanu PF returned to power for the 38th year, under a new President, the wheels in Zimbabwe are falling off. The nightmare combination of no fuel, no bank notes, no medicine and a growing list of food and toiletries that aren’t available,...
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Zimbabwe in Meltdown … Again! Worse Than 2008

Things in Zimbabwe have really never been worse for the old age pensioners who ZANE supports. Sadly most of them have never had a choice about whether to go or stay as simply applying for a migration visa to any other country in the world is impossible when you have a Zimbabwean passport and no...
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Ends and Beginnings – Mike’s Final Blog 9

When I began the trail, living from a backpack was foreign to me. Home was my room, my house, my neighborhood, my town. Somewhere along the way, however, those defaults changed. Living on the trail became a home of sorts. Packing and unpacking my world each morning and night became as familiar as all my...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 8

After more than four months on the trail, Mike is getting near the end of his walk. If you read through his post below you will see how it has inspired and uplifted him but while he has been on this beautiful, though admittedly challenging, journey, Zimbabwe has been on its difficult journey through elections...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 7

Sharing and Helping In between the beautiful bits, the trail is hard. It can be hot, wet, demoralising, lonely, fearsome, and it sometimes feels unfair. In fact, it’s just when it feels unfair – when I start anthropomorphising rocks, roots, or gradients, heaping curses on them or seeking to report them to higher authorities –...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 6

Hikers and Other Animals The Appalachian Trail often brings to mind bears. I have seen three bears, singly, on my walk, all in Shenandoah National Park. Each one seemed vaguely put out coming across me in their patch, and they all moved off, albeit one with a little huffing and puffing. I’ve also come across...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Half Way

Half Way Point! Mile 1,096 Mike reached the half way point of his walk on 23 June and has therefore set himself up to be able to finish in good time before winter sets in and closes the Trail. To celebrate this achievement, a couple who have Zimbabwean connections contacted him through Facebook and offered...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 5

Mike recently took a few days R&R to dry out and have a bit of respite! He took the opportunity of calling in to see how things are going and something he said has fixed itself in our minds: “Often while I am walking I find myself thinking especially about the elderly in Zimbabwe and...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog Extra

You Are What You Eat Imagine a doctor prescribing all the foods you should avoid lest you end up with premature maladies of the cardiovascular system: Trail nutrition means cramming as much of those foods as you possibly can into your belly. And when that’s full, carry on cramming up to your neck, your cheeks,...
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