Marko Phiri is a Zimbabwean journalist and has written for numerous Catholic publications across the world, including Voice of America Studio7 (Zimbabwe), the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Inter Press Service, The Tablet, The Irish Catholic, United Press International and Reuters. His work also appears on Kalahari Review.
In Zimbabwe, more than three-quarters of the population lives in rural areas with poor infrastructure and nonexistent roads. The lack of services critically affects expectant mothers in rural areas, who have difficulty getting to necessary health services before and during birth.
Over the past six years, Sr. Martina Leaka has helped more than 60 young people in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, find meaning in their lives and has prepared them for adulthood by training them at a center called Porter's House. There, they learn skills that enable them to be self-reliant, including sewing and baking products sold across the city.
With reports that the Zimbabwean government is failing to build new schools – as thousands of pupils are out of school because parents cannot afford tuition fees – Precious Blood Sr. Ludo Ncube, CPS, can be found deep in a rural outpost in Esigodini, Mzingwane district (29 miles outside Zimbabwe’s second largest city), working against what looks like insurmountable odds to provide education to impoverished villagers.