Monday, January 24, 2011

Postcard from Zimbabwe!





About Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe: perhaps another country that is not generally on your top 10 places to visit, particularly in recent years. However, this landlocked country in the south east part of Africa is home to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Zimbabwe's economy still heavily relies on agriculture and as you can see from the postcard above, that is why Mercy Corps and other humanitarian organizations are helping ensure that farmers have a sustainable and productive livelihood. Food security is another challenge in this country dealing with inflation, rising costs of fuel and food, and a high unemployment rate.The photo you see above is one of the programs helping to ensure greater food security for Zimbabweans by improving irrigation and farming techniques. 

With the Victoria Falls, Zambezi river, balancing rock formations and abundant wildlife (like antelopes, zebras, buffalo, black rhinos, leopards and lions), the natural beauty of Zimbabwe makes it an appealing tourist destination. The economic crisis that has hit the country has, however, hurt both the wildlife, resources and tourism of Zimbabwe. The will of the Zimbabwean people combined with the work of great organizations will hopefully, one day soon, turn this situation around.


Where are you?
Send me a postcard! Just take a digital photo, write a 2-3 line message and send it to touristliving(at)gmail(dot)com! I'll turn your photo into a postcard and post it on my blog to share your experience of living like a tourist in your own city. (Remember: whether you are living in Duluth or Dubai- I want to hear about the interesting or unique aspects of your city!)





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