Hungwe, the African Fish Eagle, is teaching kids to fish at the 18th Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair on March 26 at Saint Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, noon to 4 p.m.
Fishing? Yes, indeed! Hungwe has a special saying, “Give a kid a fish and he has fish for one day. Teach a kid to fish and he has fish for a lifetime!” Father Admire Nhika of the orphanage, Makumbi Children’s Home, has communicated to The Sustainable Living Foundation that the orphans are woefully behind in their math and reading skills due to the tragic lives they have led. Many of the orphans have had both parents die of AIDS or the children have not been educated.
The goal of the 18th Annual event is to match the $35,000 raised in 2016 and help Father Admire obtain tutors and initiate an intense coordinated program of teachers, community volunteers and care givers (i.e. “Moms”) to help the children achieve grade level.
There are many ways to help the cause. One can enter the run. There are 13 cross-country races for every age group–pre-school 220 yards, ½ mile kindergarten and a series of mile races for grades 1-8, high school and adult.
People can contribute funds; buy an African Fish Eagle T-shirt; or simply come and enjoy the fair that features the Zim food (sadza), a great Zimbabwean musical group, (also known as Sadza!), the African shoe drive as well as many cultural and African game booths.