Why AiD? Why Africa?

Africa is the source of my ‘roots and my wings.’ It remains the place where I find both my grounding and the inspiration for me to reach forward. I have been privileged to have the opportunity to travel across the continent, and through that opportunity find energy and inspiration from the hard work and ingenuity that people use to overcome the limitations of their context. I am blown away by how Africans create opportunity where others might see hopelessness. AiD is about turning up the volume of those efforts through collective action of the daughters and sons of Africa.

What or who do you call home?

Home, for me, is where I find my undeniable belonging. My insides relax and I feel my joy all the way to the tips of my toes. I experience it most vividly in the rural areas of southwestern Zimbabwe.

Where did you dirty your hands and/or mint your knowledge?

I was born to a family of activists. The way that they used their lives to challenge various “isms” on the continent had a profound effect on my worldview, life experiences at an early age, and how I have chosen to use my life. And because we were part and parcel of what they did, they taught me much of what informs what I do and how I do it and for what reason. I have been fortunate enough to use that in my work in Zimbabwe and in supporting grassroots organizations across southern and eastern Africa.

What are you passionate about?

That’s a tough one for me to answer simply. But if I had to boil it down to its essence, I am passionate about individuals and communities centering in who they are and in that, finding their authentic power which propels them to express their fullest potential.

What keeps you sane?

Quieting down to connect to my center; journaling to reflect on my thoughts, feelings and experiences; and connecting to my best friend, who gives me the safe space to be affirmed even when I am most vulnerable.

What quote do you live by?

Abundance is a communal act, the joint creation of an incredibly complex ecology in which each part functions on behalf of the whole, and in return, is sustained by the whole. Community doesn’t just create abundance, community is abundance. If we could learn that equation from the world of nature, the human world might be transformed.
— Parker Palmer