Donation to an Arts Centre for Young Sculptors in Zimbabwe
Guruve have worked with this Arts Centre in Zimbabwe, established primarily to help struggling young artists, for nearly two decades. Recently, the main gallery space was in need of a total re-fit, and we were asked to provide financial support for this major project.
Guruve paid for the construction of the original central gallery in 2003. By 2015, the thatch was decaying significantly and the committee decided it needed a complete rebuild. They requested our assistance, and we sent $3,000 which was estimated at roughly two-thirds of the cost of the job. Once our money arrived, activity started, and the whole project took the building team just one week to complete...
The old gallery is dismantled before work can begin
Carefully selected gum poles are delivered
The central gum pole is secured - the trickiest part of the job!
Long supporting poles radiate out from the centre
The smaller poles for attaching the thatch go into place, just in time for 4,000 bundles of thatch to arrive
A neat layer of thatch lines the inside - this is the bit you'll see so it has to look nice!
Now the top layers of thatch go on - complete with an acknowledgement of sponsor Guruve - thanks guys!
The finished job (from the other side) - it looks so smart!!
We've received numerous messages of thanks from members of the Arts Centre (both artists and committee members) - here are some special ones:
"Dear Guruve Ltd,
news [of our donation towards the project] was made known to everyone at the month end financial; yes I was one
of those got touched by the donation and I think every member of the Arts Centre must treasure it."
After nearly 20 years doing business in Africa, we are still totally committed to doing business the right way - with mutual respect and friendship. Thank you for your support.
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