This song was created during the Honoring Ceremony in memory of Alice Chatindo. Alice was the Community Leader for L’Arche Zimbabwe between 2002 and 2012. She became also an envoy for L’Arche International. The initiative was requested by Ulrike. Arrangement/orchestration added in studio afterward.

Michael Stillwater:
Words & Music /Arrangement / Video

 

We have experienced 23 years packed with moments of happiness and sorrow, consolation and desolation (the drama which makes us alive). Throughout the years we never took our eyes off the ball which is our mission, to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities and work together towards a more humane society.

Today we start a 10-day celebration of our 23 years in existence. On 23 July 1997 Gerald Nyamayaro, Irene Jimah and Fr. David Harold Barry drove to Chinhoyi Hospital to collect Moses Goremusandu who became the first core member. The community was born on that day. Moses who is on the right is pictured with Simbarashe who joined 6 months later with Douglas. We are grateful to all the people who enabled this dream of having a community. Above all, we give thanks to God of this gift which we cherish every day.

As we celebrated Africa Day, our own poet Tatenda prepared this poem for us.
 
My roots, Africa
 
My roots are in Africa a continent of unique cultural diversities
A continent of riches by nature.
A continent of peace and love
A continent of friendly people
A continent of value
Some say that our continent is a backward place but am proud of my roots, Africa
I love my roots, Africa
I salute our leaders
I cherish our cultural diversities
I’m proud of our values as Africans
I’m always proud to be African
I salute our uniqueness because there is no one like us
As one singer said ‘Brown skin girl our skins are just like pearls’ meaning we so precious
My prayer today is that, may the Lord protect us from this dreadful virus
Almighty bless Africa, continue to take control in these trying times, we put our trust in you
I salute our continent
I love my roots, Africa
I love my roots, Africa
I love my roots, Africa