Work and Worship in Zimbabwe - an introduction to rural life in Central Zimbabwe

Tenda Mwari (Thank God) sung by the Youth Choir of St Cuthbert’s,  Gweru
St Patrick’s High School includes interviews with pupils about their hopes for the future
St Luke’s Kwekwe:  extract from an open air service at Kwekwe Hospital
Work & Worship in Zimbabwe Tenda Mwari St Patrick's High School Kwekwe Service Extract

Zimbabwe is a beautiful country that lies landlocked on a high plateau between Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Formerly Southern Rhodesia, it has a wonderful climate and good soil, a diversity of wildlife and is also rich in minerals—coal, chromium, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper and iron ore.

But the country once known as the ‘bread basket of Africa’ is now a ‘basket case’. What was once commercial farmland has now reverted to bush. Its infrastructure (for example: hospitals and schools) is in tatters and its industry nearly all gone. Electricity cuts remain daily facts of life and disease is rife.  

Currently the political situation is stable though fragile. Economically things have been much better since the Zimbabwe dollar was abolished in 2009 and dealings are now in US dollars or the South African rand. The shops are full and most goods are available. However, hyper-inflation has meant that most people’s savings and pensions have been swept away, and not everyone has access to foreign currency.

About Zimbabwe