Today let’s weave our stories of change, lest we die
for today captured, is a future refined
Today’s story is an inspiration to a bigger dream and rekindling the extinguished
flame of hope.
Today’s story is a walk towards self-realisation
Sounded by the ancient drum beating in all of us
The drum that releases original creation and ingenuity
That gives birth to a people empowered
Empowered to begin the change
Yes, it’s possible!
It starts within us.
By Rumbidzai Faith Masawi
In mid-2007 a group of Zimbabwean NGOs undertaking a collective capacity-building programme known as the Programme for Institutional Learning and Exchange (PROFILE) embarked on an exercise to discover their relevance in promoting development. Sixteen participating organizations took on a Joint Research and Reflection exercise called the “Makadii-Linjani Journey” using the Most Significant Change evaluation methodology. The resulting insights and lessons from their work appear in Narratives of Hope ‘It Starts Within Us’: Documenting Development Through Stories of Change, published by Weaver Press.
This poem was written and recited by Rumbidzai Faith Masawi at the Orientation Training Workshop for Makadii-Linjani research teams, at Kadoma, Zimbabwe in November 2008. As stated in the book’s preface, “Little did [Rumbidzai] know that it would become a piece of art that would serve to illuminate the journey the partner organizations were about to begin.”