OUR FIRST PROJECT
We have successfully implemented our first self-sustaining project! Thanks to the Georgia Kwesha Trust, Peter Maguwu, the Zimbabwe Project Society and our loyal donors we have put a piggery project in place at Sherukuru High School.
The funds that the school raises from this project will go towards necessities for a quality education, this includes things like food, water, books, uniforms, teachers and furniture. The children will learn a lot about how to maintain a self-sustaining project, how to manage profits generated and how to spend their funds appropriately through the implementation of this project at the school.
SHERUKURU HIGH SCHOOL
OTHER PROJECTS ON THE GO
MAYEZANE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Mayezane Primary is characterised by a number of families who are subsistence farmers. Their income is hardly enough to cover living expenses let alone pay for school fees or support the school in implementing projects that are required.
The intricate link between HIV and poverty continues to negatively impact the lives of people living in this area. Due to HIV/Aids pandemic, most students at the school are orphans living with their grandparents or foster families.
Having built in 1911, Mayezane classrooms have seriously deteriorated. Roofing timber has been greatly affected by wood termites in the past years. The termites damaged the roofs of several classroom blocks and enormous cracks have developed.
The school have proposed funding for the following projects:
1. Re-roofing the grade 1 & 2 classrooms
2. Fix the cracked wall in grade 5 & 6 classroom
3. Roofing one of the ECD classrooms
4. Library roofing
Along with these requests, we suggested organising a self-sustaining project to maintain the classrooms once they have been re-constructed. The school stated that the location of the school is highly recommended for goat farming. Therefore, in-order for Mayezane to continuously sustain its infrastructure, a request for a sustainability project was proposed by the school and community. It was decided that a project in goat farming would be sustainable, with the school and community assisting each other in rearing and selling of goats . The proceeds will be used to pay for school fees for underprivileged children and for school maintenance.
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MAPANE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Mapane Secondary School is located at Mapane Village, some 95 kilometres from Bulawayo and 56 kilometres from Gwanda Town. The local community relies largely on rain supported agriculture for sustenance. Harvests are usually poor due to poor rains.
Most students at the school are staying with grandparents as their parents are either deceased or have left the village to look for work. A large number of these parents fail to support their children back in the village as they struggle to provide for themselves either in towns in Zimbabwe or outside the country. Some students fail to move from primary school to secondary school as their guardians fail to raise money for levies, uniforms and books.
On inception the school had 3 teachers out of the expected 5. This was caused by a combination of factors which include failure to employ new teachers by government and unwillingness to move to school without staff accommodation, water in the school and electricity by those teachers already employed. This has negatively impacted on the curriculum offered by the school.
Students are sharing textbooks in a ratio as high as 1:20. In some areas there are no textbooks or just the teachers copy.
This school have requested funding for the following projects:
1. Two semi-detached cottages for teacher accommodation
2. A fund-raising project to help provide basic materials for teaching and learning. A garden will help is covering this gap as it will provide an income while providing a source of food for the learners at school as expected. A sustainable water source will cater for the needs to learners, teachers and the garden, further opening possibilities of a chicken project to sustain the schools income.
3. To complete successfully, learners have to be exposed to computers and develop their IT skills. Laptops are needed for this as well as to access information by students for their various study areas.
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