Alison Lewin
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I am an attender and a roving one at that! I'm mainly based in Zimbabwe these days, engaged in voluntary work with the Shangaan community in the remote south east.

I am always keen to connect with Friends in Zimbabwe and those that have an interest in Africa, or, are just interested in what I am up to!

More info about my work

For the last three years, I have been living and working on a voluntary basis among the Shangaan people in a remote rural community in the lower south-east corner (lowveld) of Zimbabwe. My base is in a small village called Chikombedzi in the South Chiredzi District.


I lead a pretty simple sort of life, living in a small hut, and managing without water and electricity.    My funds are small so I have to live frugally.  My strong empathy with the Shangaan people has led to me being fully embraced by the community as one of their own.


The Shangaan people are marginalized in Zimbabwe and under-presented politically. -They have very low levels of participation in the education system and access to good health care is a major issue with HIV, TB and Malaria infection rates being higher amongst the Shangaan than most other ethnic groups in Zimbabwe.  


I haven't been working under any particular organization but instead have used my own funds and donations from individuals to support myself and my work in Zim.

The sorts of things I have been working on include;

  • Drafting policy and procedures for an orphanage to meet Zimbabwe’s new standards for children’s homes.
  •  Supporting the development of community income-generating projects
  • Carrying out needs assessments of rural health clinics and doing distributions of donated medical supplies
  • Working with Chikombedzi Mission Hospital on various issues including policy and infrastructure development.   
  • Assisting people who have permanent disabilities and chronic medical conditions to ensure that they get access to the equipment and medicines they need to have a more comfortable existence.

Many people ask what my motivation is.   In a pure sense, it makes me happy.   I get to live the simple life that I have always wanted to but at the same time I am challenged on a range of levels - physically, mentally and spiritually. I help the people that I can but every day I learn new things and interact with some amazing people.   

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Current Situation in Mozambique

Posted on 1st mo. 22, 2014 at 8:10am 0 Comments

Just thought I would post a bit of an update for those that are interested in the political situation in Mozambique.   

I have been spending some time working in Mozambique lately, in a remote area of Gaza province, close to the Sango Border post of Zimbabwe.


As well as having a friend that has a business there, I have an established relationship with the people staying in this area.  They are mainly of Shangaan origin.


This border and the town of…


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At 9:14pm on 5th mo. 19, 2017, Teri Bookless said…

Dear Alison Lewin, my goodness time does fly when one is busy. It is May 19, 2017 and I am writing to you. I feel badly that your email to me was lost. I have a new email account. Here is the address. So few stop by here and so I trust that only genuine Quakers and you will use it to reach out to me.  I would like to get in touch with you. Thanks, Teri Bookless in Saint Paul, MN 

At 2:49am on 8th mo. 2, 2015, Teri Bookless said…

I wrote a note to you on August 2, 2015 and gave you my email address. I would like to find out where and what. My prayers are with you. ~Teri

At 10:18am on 11th mo. 2, 2013, William F Rushby said…

Hello, Allison!  Welcome to QuakerQuaker.

At 8:26pm on 9th mo. 28, 2013, Teri Bookless said…

Hope you will befriend me here so I may learn about your work.  I worked in Asia for a time.  Sincerely, Teri


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