Thank you for choosing to support this work in Mazvihwa, Zimbabwe through the Friends of Muonde (a grateful project of the Earth Island Institute, a 501c3 and thus fully tax deductible). We appreciate your commitment to our cause and look forward to your involvement with our community. Your generosity will enable us to continue to bring awareness to our cause and make a difference in the lives of those we sustain through our efforts.
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"Shamwari" - the word for friend in Shona. It's a term typically used when people want to get more and closer.
"Maita" - a word for thank you in Shona, literally meaning "you have done it".
"Tatenda" - another word for thank you in Shona, this one usually accompanied by slow rhythmic hand clapping and literally meaning "we have agreed or accepted".
"Taguta" - a way of expressing satisfaction for what has been received, especially a meal, the equivalent of President idi Amin's infamous "Thank you Mrs. Queen, I am fed up"; always accompanied by slow rhythmic hand clapping.
"Rusengwe" - thanks for this contribution, the one that each farmer makes annually to be carried to the land-spirit Mwari in the Matopos Hills in gratitude for rain and ecological balance.
"vaShumi" - this is what one calls to a person you pass who is working with the soil, it honors the work you see others do…
"Tafara" - what you are going to say when you are going to have a celebration, basically "We're happy".
"chidawu" - the praise names associated with each particular clan, used endearingly and in honor to one's heritage in thanks of any serious contribution. No chidawu? Become a volunteer and you'll be given one.
"Mukwasha" - a word for in-law referring to the bridegroom's family, always obliged to provide additional grateful payment's to the wife's family. a Shona proverb states "Mukwasha muonde" ("an in-law is like a fig tree").
"Mambo!" - an honoric praise, the word for a chief that honours his land, dating back to the Rozvi Empire and maybe beyond.
"Pungwe!" - Zimbabwe Liberation War-speak for a celebratory motivational rally: think of it as being up all night shouting slogans, but in a very good way…
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