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KUFUNDA CAME THROUGH ME - AN IMPULSE ASKING TO BE BORN. I KNEW THAT I ALONE DIDN’T HAVE THE ANSWERS TO WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO BUILD HEALTHY VIBRANT COMMUNITY, BUT THAT TOGETHER - IN COMMUNITY - WITH ZIMBABWEANS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, WE KNOW THE ANSWERS AND WE CAN FIND OUR WAY. THE JOURNEY HAS TAKEN US ON AN IMMENSE LEARNING JOURNEY OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING, OF PERSONAL LEADERSHIP, OF COMMUNITY COLLABORATION: OF MAKING THE PATH BY WALKING.

MAAIANNE I FOUNDER

THE TEAM

KUFUNDA VILLAGE TEAM

MEET THE KUFUNDA FACILITATORS AND CENTRE TEAM

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MAAIANNE KNUTH

DIRECTOR

Maaianne is an experienced facilitator and designer of group learning and co-creation processes. She is passionate about supporting people in coming together in more authentic and life-affirming ways. Maaianne’s story bridges Europe and Africa in an arc that travels from Copenhagen, where she studied international business, to Zimbabwe, where she co-founded Kufunda. Her work in hosting creative and generative processes, including conscious dance, mindfulness, and time in nature supports individuals in waking to who they are and what they can be within their communities - moving towards a more just and beautiful world.”

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KUFUNDA SCHOOL TEAM

MEET THE KUFUNDA FACILITATORS AND CENTRE TEAM

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ANNAH BENDICTO

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Annah Bendicto has been with the school since its inception in 2004. Anna was trained with the Ministry of Education as a pre-School teacher. She decided to further her education when she heard about Waldorf education. She attended a workshop at the Centre from Creative Education in South Africa, and has recently joined the East Africa Teachers Training in Kenya. Anna helps with facilitating Waldorf workshops in the communities. She also teacher handwork to all the primary school grades, teaching them knitting and sewing.

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THE KUFUNDA FARMING TEAM

MEET OUR ORGANIC FARMING TEAM

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TICHAENZANA KOKE

BIODYNAMIC TEAM

Ticha loves horses, and enjoys working with them. The horses became a pathfinder in his life as they brought him to the KUFUNDA learning village where he started to know himself and discover his passion. Through his early days at KUFUNDA he discovered that he carries a deep desire to heal the land. He believes that the land is a living organism that needs to be treated with respect and care. He has embraced Biodynamic Farming in which every plant and animal, the sun, the moon and all the stars in the sky form part of a great living universe of which the farm organism is a part. Biodynamics works with biodynamic preparations, which stimulate processes whereby the physical substance of the earth can be enlivened and the plants can receive what streams from the stars.

 

Ticha’s dream is to work with communities so that they can sustain themselves using this way of farming which is not harmful to the earth and is healthy to humans. He is enjoying working in the new school garden with the school children. He believes that he learns everyday - from nature and from others. He gets lifted with the circles and inner work happening at Kufunda.

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KUFUNDA BOARD MEMBERS

KUFUNDA VILLAGE

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CAROLINE JACQUET

Caroline Jacquet studied Forestry and Natural Resources Management in Belgium and moved to Zimbabwe in 2002, to work for the World Agroforestry Centre. Since 2013, she’s the Project Manager at Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe. BIZ researches indigenous plants for their commercial potential. In 2017, Caroline started a small private company with some BIZ colleagues. Hutano Foods makes breakfast and snack products from local ingredients, sourced from farmers and wild harvesters, increasing the value of the traditional foods they already produce. She’s been organizing the annual food festival in Harare since 2010, introducing more consumers to the benefits of traditional diets and promoting the consumption of locally produced, healthy foods.