This is a progress report on our project on the rehabilitation of Magaya Primary school through the construction of two classroom blocks. The construction on the project started in March 2013 from foundation level. Your support has enabled us to cater for the labour costs for contractors and to compliment with some building materials.
The latest development is the completion of the roofing of the two (2) classroom blocks with each block having two classrooms. To complete the construction work, the next step to be taken is the plastering, flooring and painting of the classroom blocks. After completion of this, the classes will be ready for use by 200 students.
The head of Magaya Primary School, Mrs Wachipa summed up her gratitude to this achievement, “I can now afford a descent sleep knowing that we have partners who care about the welfare and education of our kids, the two classroom blocks will uplift the standards of education at the school. With the community struggling to pay the school fees, we will no have been able to carry out this massive work at our own. The rehabilitation project spearheaded by Rozaria Memorial Trust is making us to realise our dreams of a favorable learning environment for our students.”
Our project is 60% complete, we are now harnessing the financial resources to cater for 200 bags of cement and labour fees for plastering, flooring and painting. The total amount required is US$5 000, 00. The community is playing its part by providing the locally available building material that includes bricks, quarry stones and sand.
Last year was a difficult year in Zimbabwe, as the country went into elections. The education sector is yet to recover th the government has not been prioritising infrastructure rehabilitation. We are aso excited that through this project, there was increased visibility to our efforts. Books for Africa has offered to donate a container of Books for Magaya Primary school. This again has boosted our morale. We are anxious that the books may arrive when we do not have decent and secure storage facilities. If we complete these two classroom blocks, the school can use one of the inner staff rooms as a resource centre for the books.
We have also stepped up our social media presence. You can now follow the activities of Rozaria Memorial Trust on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rozariamemorialtrust
The roofing of our two classroom blocks as a special gift of humanity to our children and the community of Magaya Primary school. We invite you to support as as we now focus on plastering, painting, floors and ensuring that we have the ncessary furniture for the students and the teachers. We are pleased to share with you these photos showing the fully roofed two classroom blocks.
Rozaria Memorial Trust has committed to collaborating with schoold administration and the former students association in renovating Magaya Primary school infrastructure was destroyed by a storm a few years back. It had been a trying moment for for the 500 students who had to learn in non conducive environment, This had affected performance for the students.
Best wishes for 2014
The students of Magaya Primary School will possibly be in new classrooms before the on-set of the rainy season this year. The two class-room blocks have have now been raised from the foundation levels and the wall are up.
The headmistress of the school greeted the Board of Trustees for RMT with pride in her eyes, and some measure of content with progress achieved. "With roofing, we may beat the rains and out children will have a decent place for the last of term classes", stressed Mr Shepherd Mapiki, a strong community supporter and Committee member of the Magaya Former Student Association.
In these photos we share below, we share in the moment of pride. We definitely know that this could not have been achieved without all the support and solidarity. We now have a shorter distance go, roofing, floors, plastering, painting and furnishing. Thanks to all people of goodwill who make this possible with us.
Mrs Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, RMT Founder and Chairperson made a special visit to Magaya Primary school on 4th of December 2012, where she met with the school administration, the School Development Committee and the students. This visit's main objective was for Ms Gumbonzvanda to share the Minerva Award with Magaya primary school community, as her community which laid the foundation for her life; and secondly to offer solidarity and support with the on-going construction and renovation project.
Ms Wachipa, the school head for Magaya school and Ms Patricia Dzotso the Vice Chair of the SDC recieved the RMT delegation which included Board member Mrs Hilda Chitsanzara; Kudakwashe Dizha, the coordinator and other staff and volunteers. The team held a tour of the school and observed the tremendous effort already made by the community, and the new toilets that have just been completed..
Mrs Gumbonzvanda expressed her appreciation to the Asutralian Government who had donated the building materials for a school block; as well as the Magaya Old Students Association (MOSA) for reaching out to former students and others for support. "I am make this special appeal especially this festive season, for us to have a roof for our school children. The rains are here and we all have to do all we can to run the last mile. This is a call to all, the world over to join hands with us in reaching our goal". Ms Gumbonzvanda serves as the Patron of Magaya Old Students Association.
Magaya primary school has an enrolment of around 400 students, mostly drawn from rural and resource poor communities. Rozaria Memorial Trust has been working and supporting programmes at the schools since its founding in 2006, and also also focused on access to education and treatment for children living with HIV.
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