Who we are
Bev was born in Zimbabwe several years ago. She started out as a video sales person. The one and only highlight of her three months behind the counter was being asked if she wanted to have a threesome. Did she? Well, wouldn’t you like to know. Then she tried her hand at being a shipping clerk. On her first day behind a typewriter, she pretended to know what to do with carbon paper – never mind the typewriter. After that she worked for Doris Kileff, one of Zimbabwe’s tobacco tycoons. Think of Bev as Anne Hathaway – though slightly shorter – in The Devil Wears Prada. After tobacco there were some travels overseas that included a lot (a lot) of dirty toilets and hungry days. Three months were spent picking apples in Italy and one day picking tomatoes in Australia. Top tip! Reaching up is easier than bending down. Arriving back in Zimbabwe she started her own graphic design company after a crash course in DTP. The bills got paid, but hey, there was always an activist waiting to Break Out and Strike A Blow For Justice. So she co-founded Kubatana.net with Brenda and they won lots of awards, developed a huge fan club and became Enemies of the State. Bev met Amanda during this time and was drawn to her (then) lack of verbal skills. Her actions more than adequately made up for this flaw – you’d be hard pressed to find a more dedicated social justice activist. And now … after 15 years of mapping violence, Bev is asking you to join her in creating a kinder world by using your birthday to give back. Direct action feels good – try it!
Amanda was born in the US and moved to Zimbabwe in 1999. She came for six months arrived just in time for a constitutional referendum, a peace march and an election. Many marches, many elections and Another constitutional referendum later, Amanda still calls Zimbabwe home. She has broken a few teeth playing rugby (and scored one glorious try). And she’s broken some ribs in an unfortunate encounter with a buffalo. She’s run a marathon and walked a few more, loved many dogs and learnt to speak (thanks, Bev). She’s worked with a number of different Zimbabwean NGOs reporting on human rights abuses, the arrest of democracy activists and incidents of political violence. Now, she’s joined forces with Bev to try and change the world one birthday at a time. She’s excited by the opportunity to encourage, and aggregate, positive, inspiring acts of social change.