Relinking Communities through Culture

Main applicant:  Nhimbe Trust
Partners: Savanna Trust
Implementation: Zimbabwe
Project duration: December 2018 – January 2020
Project code: 01-01058

Main applicant:  Nhimbe Trust
Partners: Savanna Trust
Implementation: Zimbabwe
Project duration: December 2018 – January 2020
Project code: 01-01058

The project Relinking communities through culture aims to build networks and enhance trust, tolerance and empathy, at a community level and in the spirit of creating linkages, between the two major ethnic groups of Zimbabwe, through the provision of 17 cultural interventions providing inclusive spaces for sharing and listening, meaningful conversations around ethnic identity, and cultural collaborations.

The project responds to concerns that the prevalent and long-standing acrimony between the two major ethnic groups, the Shona and the Ndebele (based around Harare and Bulawayo respectively), imbues suspicion and intolerance, erodes social cohesion and dilutes the Zimbabwean national identity, by enhancing participatory dialogue and interaction between young cultural and media practitioners from each ethnic group, raising awareness, generating debate, and fostering understanding, empathy and social cohesion.

The project is coordinated by Nhimbe Trust, a not-for-profit organization based in Bulawayo specialized in the field of intersection of culture and development to foster economic justice. The project partner is Savanna Trust, also a not for profit organization that seeks to use different forms of art to engage citizens on social, political, economic and cultural issues that affect them on a day to day basis.

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