Kufunda began as a dream almost fifteen years ago when Maaianne Knuth, founder, returned from Denmark to Zimbabwe. She was drawn by her experience of her Zimbabwean home as being rich and alive, and yet also seeing that many people there saw first and foremost that which they did not have. Her own experience of the wisdom and beauty of the Zimbabwean people, and especially those from rural places, led her to create Kufunda as a place of learning, where people could recover their sense of pride, wisdom, and capacity in working with their own knowledge and deepening their resourcefulness. As Kufunda began, the need to integrate the best from many places, far and near, was integrated into the work.
Today there are 28 of us who live and work at Kufunda with our families in an on-going learning of what it means to live and co-create healthy vibrant community. To this end different Kufundees are engaged in many different aspects. Some of us are working with permaculture and organic farming, others are working with health and nutrition and making good herbal remedies out of locally grown plants. Some are into eco-building, others into renewable energy, some are into working with children – and just about all of us are facilitators and hosts of learning and co-creation.
In different ways we share with others in Zimbabwe, and beyond, what we are learning. We share our lessons, insights and questions through our programmes that are all in different ways teaching about leadership in community.
"I think you are doing an amazing job , and I do strongly believe that with every workshop you make a difference in people’s attitude towards nutrition, natural herbs and healing."
“Kufunda is a place where our dreams are brought back to life. A lot of youth have lost hope on their dreams. Here we saw that they can come true.”
"I would recommend Young Women are Medicine, because it helps in self discovery around your passion and purpose; in discovery of gifts and abilities. It is perfecting the potential you already have."
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