A week in Africa: Zimbabwe 2015 travel report

27 April 2015

At the beginning of the year, I had the privilege of being able to travel to Zimbabwe as a guest of World Vision. Zimbabwe has been brought to its knees as a result of corrupt leadership and I witnessed a country that seems paralysed by fear and choked by bureaucracy.

At the beginning of the year, I had the privilege of being able to travel to Zimbabwe as a guest of World Vision. Zimbabwe has been brought to its knees as a result of corrupt leadership and I witnessed a country that seems paralysed by fear and choked by bureaucracy.

While there I travelled to a rural area known as Zvishvani. Here the sealed roads ended and travel was via a network of sandy paths. After a couple of hours we reached a community which is supported by World Vision Australia and which is desperately trying to build a local school. Young people have to walk 15km to school in the morning and 15km home in the afternoon. That’s the equivalent of walking between Hallett Cove and Glenelg, the length of my electorate, twice a day!

I’m keen to use my position of influence in Australia to partner with World Vision to help a regional community in Zimbabwe, and I want as many organisations, schools, churches, service clubs and other groups in my electorate to join me. If you’re interested in being involved, please phone my office on 8296 9833 or email ruth.vandenbrink@parliament.sa.gov.au