ANCIENT WAYS

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: International

Location: PO Box 346 Scio OR 97374 USA

Mission: Ancient Ways preserves indigenous people’s ancient life-giving traditions through collaborative and sustainable practices, including health and well-being services, academic, arts, and public health education, and building huts, fuel-efficient stoves, toilets, and wells. Ancient Ways currently works in the US, Peru, and Zimbabwe.
Results: This year the Nhimbe for Progress Preschool again partnered with Sundborn Children’s House to feed 80 preschool children and offer an early childhood development program that has been identified by the government as a model school. 50 children will graduate from this preschool this December 2012 and be ready to move on to grade 1 at a local government school in January, where each year they are recognized as bright stars, always at the front of the class. We believe that feeding children at this delicate age provides neurological support that should not be underrated as it nurtures their physical, mental and emotional growth. Additionally, all ages of children have been supported in afterschool, weekend, and holiday activities by our Youth Well Being program, in which 1) we renovated and expanded a set of marimbas for learning music, 2) we shipped over 200 pounds of books to our Community Center Library, and 3) we expanded the access to a 3-day overnight Life Skills Learning Retreat 3 times a year, so that more boys and more girls are now able to participate in this special opportunity.
Programs: Health Center -- Conventional and alternative medical approaches -- Traditional herbal remedies -- Counseling Educational Empowerment -- Health and HIV/AIDS training -- Preschool to University sponsorship -- Extra-curricular activities and tutoring -- Preschool feeding programs daily -- Permaculture training and support -- Community library -- Future Montessori based curriculum -- Private primary school development Facilities Improvements - Helping local residents build and repair: -- Huts and toilets -- Fuel-efficient smokeless stoves -- Wells for clean water and irrigation Long Term Sustainability -- Micro-loans for projects -- Craft sales and export -- Villager employment and business training

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Ancient Ways is a non-profit organization that helps empower women in Zimbabwe and helps make it possibe for all children to attend school. One of its projects was to donate portable sewing machines to women, who were then able to sew school uniforms for selling - thus allowing their own children to be able to attend school. My son has traveled to Zimbabwe with Ancient Ways and helped rebuilt huts. Ancient Ways does good work!

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I have been involved in Ancient Ways for 13 years and have witnessed the amount of success they have had in implementing their programs in Zimbabwe and Oregon. With a small budget AW has been able to help a great deal of people. They are amazing at spreading the messages of those in need and have the ability to truly help people. Though their focus might be on the children, they also work to empower women and help build or rebuild communities.

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I am so impressed by the tremendous impact this small nonprofit has, positively impacting the lives of over 2800 people in Zimbabwe. I hope you'll join me in supporting them.

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This is a great non-profit group to support, that has been helping several villages in Zimbabwe for over 15 years by building wells, toilets, huts, paying school fees and supplying much-needed medical supplies and services through their health clinic. An efficient organizational structure has been developed over the years to channel donations to the areas most in need, be it school fees, medical supplies or food. I urge you to support this very worthwhile grassroots non-profit.

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Like many here in Oregon, I was introduced to Ancient Ways via its Zimbabwean-style marimba classes in the Willamette Valley. As I got more involved with the organization, I realized what a wide scope of integral services Ancient Ways is providing (wells, toilets, hut repair, education, community center and more) to the rural Zimbabweans whose music I've come to appreciate so much. I particularly value supporting the programs for children. I love showing my 9 year old daughter, a junior girl scout, pictures of her sister scouts that we help sponsor in the Girl Guides through Nhimbe for Progress, and the Zimbabwean kids at school. Its hard for a 9 year old to understand the lives of people half-way around the world- that they are often hungry, don't have clean water to drink, can't always afford to go to school, and don't even have enough underwear. When my daughter sees the kids' smiling faces singing, dancing, playing, and learning, just like she and her friends do here, then it's easy for her to see that Zimbabwean kids are fundamentally just like her, despite cultural differences, and she can begin to imagine what it would be like if she faced the hardships that they do. For me, Ancient Ways is not only a means to help others, but also a platform to teach the values of compassion and empathy to my children, a demonstration that people around the world have more similarities than differences, despite their backgrounds and living conditions; and a way to show my kids that we can all make a positive difference in the lives of others; empowering both us and them.

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I have been consistently impressed by this nonprofit. They have been working in Zimbabwe for many years, create programs that the local people are requesting, and update those programs as needed to make sure they remain effective and useful. As excellent way to directly impact the lives of children and families in Zimbabwe.

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Here in Oregon, Ancient Ways has introduced many to Shona marimba music and art. In Zimbabwe, Ancient Ways provides community health education and sponsors students so they may remain in school. These projects serve rural villagers who would otherwise have little to no access to these programs.

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Ancient Ways builds a bridge between Zimbabwe and the Willamette Valley in Oregon by allowing us to learn and perform its music, meet visitors from Zimbabwe, and focus our individual and group energy into helping people from that country.

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Ancient Ways has helped me in my life by bringing people together, both by creating opportunities to share music as a player and also as one who loves to listen,as well as by creating a link to reach across the world to others in need. I am always so grateful for Ancient Ways and the people that have come together with this common interest. There is a unique appreciation for humanity, plain goodness, and effective work on the ground in Zimbabwe. The people there are part of our organization too and make our lives so much richer.

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Life-changing

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Ancient Ways is made up of great people and great projects! I have had a close relationship with Ancient Ways since its inception and watched it grow, grapple with hard times, and come to the front always moving forward innovatively overcoming the odds. From spreading the Shona music here in the states to helping preserve it and nurture the people in Zimbabwe, Ancient Ways stands out as an organization that walks its talk. Having been to Zimbabwe more than once I have seen the positive change that Ancient Ways has brought to their lives.

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Life-changing

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2012

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