PwC has been working with Sport4Socialisation, a Dutch non-profit organisation who won Beyond Sport’s “Best New Project” award in 2010, for just under a year. S4S is a voluntary-based organisation which aims to improve the quality of life of disabled children in Zimbabwe. It also promotes their social inclusion by working with their families. S4S implements this through a holistic and family-orientated Social Inclusion Programme.
S4S has recently been going through a significant amount of internal restructuring and development and we have been guiding them through this transition. We have been benchmarking their strengths and weaknesses against other organisations, mapping and outlining their processes and policies, defining their priorities and helping them restructure both from an organisational design perspective and through the recruitment of new Board members and staff.
And now, here I was in Mutare, eastern Zimbabwe. My first impression was that, in 25 hours, I had gone from -5C in Edinburgh to 25C in Mutare which was definitely a positive development. In addition, the country is truly stunning – the 3 hour drive from Harare to Mutare allows you to see all kinds of scenery, flora and fauna.
You see over and over again the famous stacked stones which supposedly gave Zimbabwe its name. Indeed, common belief is that “Zimbabwe” is derived from dzimba-dza-mabwe which translates into the local dialect of Shona as “large houses of stones”.
The people are extremely friendly and, overall, the environment feels safe and welcoming to work in.