– WE BUILD TOGETHER –

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LET’S BUILD TOGETHER

Tiritose means ‘we are together’ in the local Zimbabwean language, Shona. Tiritose Trust is a registered, Zimbabwe-based non-profit organisation. The organisation is founded on the premise of two heads are better than one, embodying the spirit of ‘mushandirapamwe’, which means teamwork.

A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so”. Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart

Our vision is very simple, a future that includes the Zimbabwean people in meaningful change. A future built on strong collaborative networks that allow people to improve their own quality of life. Our purpose is to connect communities with financial and technical resources, which allows them to fulfill their full potential.

The Trust operates as a funding engine & distributes funds generated from Tiritose Responsible Travel activities to initiatives that are promoting sustainable livelihood projects, access to quality healthcare and responsible management of the environment and wildlife.

Our own flagship programme is the pilot Village Resource Centre (VRC) in Manicaland Province.

Our Commitment to Zimbabwe

We are committed to educational development and skills exchange partnerships. These initiatives support the reconstruction of our country through community-building projects. Our revenue supports innovative programmes including rehabilitation, reintegration and hospice programmes for at-risk populations, empowerment for the disabled, and education related to the conservation of wildlife and the environment.

Tiritose strives to be a global ambassador for the nation of Zimbabwe and shining a new light on our beautiful home.

OUR PROMISE TO PARTICIPANTS

We will challenge you to be your best self, both professionally and intellectually. We want you to leave Zimbabwe as a renewed and empowered person. Our team guarantees that we’ll create opportunities for you to learn and celebrate life with the most spirited, passionate and tenacious people. The people of Zimbabwe have not yet been afforded the opportunities they deserve to be able to showcase their talents and uniqueness to the world. Tiritose offers you the opportunity to see Zimbabwe though your own eyes, and not through an artificial lens placed over our country by the media. We will assist you with the planning of excursions so that you can experience not only the social development side of Zimbabwe but also the amazing natural wonders we have to offer.

Your Pledge to Zimbabwe

You promise to bring an open mind and enthusiastic spirit with you.

You promise to channel your energy, life and professional experiences to make a meaningful difference and positive impact.

You will push your boundaries and see the world in a new light.

Above all else, we hope that you bring your commitment and desire to support Zimbabwe on the way to the achievement of its full potential through the spirit of Mushandirapamwe: cooperation, a cornerstone of Tiritose’s Mission.

Why Work with Tiritose?

Zimbabwe has faced political, economic and social challenges in its recent history. Hyperinflation, variable currencies, we’ve seen it all. What’s important is that the people remained resilient and positive through it all. We’re an independent bunch – and we like to surf the waves of life rather than getting pulled under them.

The sad part is a lot of our young people and professionals have left the country, including about 20,000 teachers. Hospitals and clinics are understaffed. Public institutions lack adequate funding for basic necessities. 1,4 million people are living with HIV, whilst 960,000 children have been orphaned due to AIDS. Poaching, the development of new settlements and a lack of adequate power supply has led to deforestation and tremendously reduced the amount of wildlife. Nevertheless, we at Tiritose actively advocate for sustainable building practices and energy solutions such as solar power.

Zimbabwe has been slowly recovering from the economic downturn and with the introduction of the multi-currency system in 2009 the economy started to stabilise. Sometimes slow growth can be a good thing, as our team believes we all need some extra time to implement sustainable innovations!

The Government of National Unity formed in 2008/9 started calming down the turbulent political landscape. November 2017 brought about a change in government, with the resignation of Robert G. Mugabe – ushering in the new Emmerson D. Mnangagwa era. Similar to any country that undergoes political and socio-economic challenges; ordinary citizens are the most affected.

The people however, remain proud and resilient. If given a platform to work towards innovative solutions, they can and will take ownership of their destiny. By working with Tiritose, you can support this journey. We want you to bring your A-game to Zimbabwe and help connect its residents to the best of the world. This isn’t your regular charity pitch – we want to see collaborative, genuine, positive impact! Come out here and help educate communities on how to take care of their environment and resources, while bringing meaning and purpose into your own life, too. Let’s build together!

OUR QUEEN & WORKER BEES

WESLEY MARAIRE

WESLEY MARAIRE

Chief Worker Bee

Passionate about Zimbabwe, passionate about working with and through people, passionate about building sustainable projects

Oda Eiken

Oda Eiken

Communications Queen Bee

Step out of your comfort zone, and see what the world is really like. Come & share my passion for food, coffee, people & the environment

Garikai Makuyah

Garikai Makuyah

Tour Worker Bee

Life is a like a book for sure, if you don’t travel, you only read one page. And where is the fun in that? Let me introduce you to a world of wonders…

Adam Jeffery

Adam Jeffery

Placements Worker Bee

Bristol born, London fed, true citizen of the world. Doing my part to change the world, one child at a time!

Chipo Mutibvu

Chipo Mutibvu

Content Queen Bee

Bubbly, fun, forever young! Writing is my thing, and it’s always wine o’clock when you hangout with me…

Willard Nyambiya

Willard Nyambiya

Tours Worker Bee

Be prepared, that’s the motto. True scout, and nature enthusiast. Come and let us explore the beautiful Zimbabwe outdoors together!

RESPONSIBLE AND ETHICAL VOLUNTEERING

Travel in a sustainable and impactful way – taking care of both the environment and the communities that we’ll visit together.

DOWNLOAD OUR FULL ETHICAL TRAVEL POLICY HERE

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

We’ve got a sharp leadership team that ensures these policies are translated to the real world. As many of the community members you’ll be meeting are quite vulnerable and our programmes include work with children, we’ve got to make sure the people we bring out here practice what they preach too. Both our written legal policies and our on-the-ground actions are dedicated to ensuring that no one is exploited or harmed. We’ll ask you lots of questions and screen your application to ensure you’re genuine, too. All of our programmes make the safety of both the locals and the visitors among our top priorities!

DOWNLOAD OUR FULL CHILD PROTECTION POLICY HERE

Above all else, Tiritose does not sell poverty. We encourage collaboration between visitors and local communities.

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