Zimbabwe 29 October: Harare
Peace in Zimbabwe
Our Peace Run through southern Africa continued with a day in Harare visiting schools. We were very happy to welcome some new Zimbabwean team members - Shailaja, Takudzwa, Joylene and Emilia.
Our first visit of the day was a kindergarten. Here Takudzwa holds the torch. Emilia is on the extreme left.
The Zimbabweans take the lead as we head towards Nettleton Primary School. Here Joylene is on the left, Emilia centre and Takudzwa on with the torch.
We did a few enthusiastic laps of the school field before joining the rest of the school at an assembly.
Our guessing game - the kids were all keen to guess where Balarka was from. Funnily enough, he was born in Harare but now lives in South Africa.
This teacher's sleeve read "WE EDUCATE THE NATION". We have met so many wonderful and hardworking teachers on this run.
Abhijatri from the Peace Runners thanks Deputy Headmaster Mr Sylvester and Nettleton Primary for their enthusiastic participation.
We were very fortunate to make it out to Kuimba Shiri Bird Park on the shores of Lake Chivero, about 35km west of Harare. The park was opened in 1992 by Gary and Elcine Stafford, pictured here sharing their goodwill for peace! Gary's love of birds of prey and falconry in particular was the main impetus behind their decision to found the park. Over the years the park has expanded to house birds, horses, and even lions!
The Kuimba Shiri Bird Park consists predominantly of birds of prey, while the Lake Chivero area is home to more than 400 species of birds.
Everyday they have a bird show and on this occasion Stacey was lucky enough to meet one of the barn owls.
Some of the birds live in permanent captivity while others are free to roam and choose to return each evening to be let into their cages, finding this beautiful sanctuary the perfect place to rest each night.
Some of the birds we met. We were all very thankful that there was wire netting between us and them.
But luckily none of our team fell for their tricks and we all left with our fingers and toes intact!