Whoever asked the question of whether or how we can help people in Africa knows that finding the answer is not simple. The only effective help is, in our opinion, the one that supports their own activity and the emancipation of people to whom the aid is directed. That is why we support the sculptors in the community of Tengenenge or in studios in Harare by purchasing the sculptures directly from them. There are no more traders on the way between the sculptor and the final owner of the statue.
But we are aware that if children in Africa learn to read and write it greatly increases their chances of applying for and obtaining better-paid work. Therefore we welcomed the activity of Marie Imbrova. She is an ethnologist and a former diplomat in Zimbabwe, who initiated the establishment of the association Klub přátel Tengenenge in 2010. Klub is a civic association which aim is to support children in the sculptor’s community Tengenenge so they can attend school and get a basic education. In favor of the Klub we organize various events to raise funds for the activities of the Klub. Please see www.tengenenge.cz for more information.