Funds raised for new school

Cyclists have helped raise money to build a new school outside Harare.

Around £40,000 had already been raised to pay for two double classrooms, but another £10,000 was needed for teachers’ accommodation. That final piece of the jigsaw fell into place with a cycling event from London to Paris.

ZDRSP spokesperson Justin Hess said there was a positive response to the event among cycling enthusiasts.

“The cycle ride went well, despite a couple of minor issues along the way. Everyone arrived in Paris safe and sound after 27 hours. Lots of very useful money was raised which is already being put to use building a new school called Davare. These are exciting times,” he said.

Most of the local communities are subsistence farmers with very little income, while children whose parents can afford to pay for their education travel long distances to the nearest schools.

Registered as a charity in 2001, ZDRSP aims to improve educational opportunities in rural Zimbabwe and to provide new facilities and resources, by working in partnership with schools and other institutions.

The construction of the Davare school is one of several projects the organisation has embarked on around the country to complement efforts by government, which in recent years has struggled to provide facilities.

ZDRSP, in partnership with another non-governmental organisation, Family Impact, recently refurbished the Mpane Primary School on the outskirts of Bulawayo.

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