Aug 6, 2021

The building has now started

Dear Friend

When I last wrote to you on 18th June, I said that we were at 'the end of the beginning' and that building should start soon, but it was looking like there could be another lock down because of Covid in Zimbabwe. Well there was and still is a lock-down, but with help from the authorities things can be allowed to start, subject to strict observations of the rules set.

This week things have actually started and I cannot express just how delighted we all are that at long last we can progress with the school buildings. It got underway on Monday with the heavy machinery clearing the site and then as the week progressed the site was marked out for where the building would be.

I just could not wait to let you know all of this, for after 2 years of planning we have actually 'got the show on the road'

I hope to be able to send you more news as things develop at the site and in the meantime I attach some pictures of the land being cleared and the marking out of the buildings pre to the foundation work

Very best wishes

Danny

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Jun 18, 2021

The end of the beginning !

 


Dear Friends

I feel like all I have reported over the last year is about how close we have become to starting building at Zvamaida Primary School.

The good news is we are now preparing to fix a start date and have signed a contract with a builder to start as soon as possible!

We have incurred arguably a huge sequence of events over the last year; foreign exchange rate disasters with the Zimbabwean currency being floated against the US dollar, with the official rate now around 85 to the US dollar from around 6 to the US dollar, roaring inflation said to be as high as 800 percent; economic ruin for many; food prices, where the average workers can only buy the equivalent of a loaf of bread a day, and most people starving, literally living from day to day trying to sell something to buy food. Children- like a little girl sitting at the side of the road selling carrots so she can go to school. Add to all this, the lock-downs because of Covid-19, then you have what I describe as the "perfect storm". In addition to this of course has been a bundle of technicalities because of the embargo and sanctions Zimbabwe is currently in. This has also caused banks using extreme caution making payments into the country.

We have always been determined that we will complete the project no matter what is thrown against us, but little did we know just how much would be thrown!

Our project now is even more important than it was when we planned it. The deprivation, is far worse; the needs for education even more important, and the need to give people hope instead of despair and desperation.

I look forward to being able to give you my next update, with I hope pictures of how the project is developing.

Once again, I would like to thank all our supporters for their financial help with this project. Without your support it would have all been so much more difficult to have achieved the funding that we have.

Yours most sincerely

Danny

PS – As I write this I am learning of more lockdowns in Zimbabwe because of Covid. Whatever they are, we will overcome! 

 

Feb 22, 2021

Building close to starting

Dear friend

When I updated you on the progress of the Zvamaida Primary School project at the end of October, I was saying how I was getting excited that we were about to get  final approval by Rotary International.

The good news came in November when Rotary International passed the project and added the grant that we applied for from Rotary Foundation.  This meant that hopefully we will have the money to complete the classrooms and library plus the toilets and other school equipment like the classroom furniture and books etc.

Since the approval and grant we had been gearing up in Zimbabwe to start the project in January or February, but Covid has stalled our plans again as the country went into lock down and it remains that way at the moment.

In the meantime, we continue to fundraise where we can in these difficult times, as we know that there is much work to be done after the completion of the Classrooms and Library etc. I think even more than before Covid, hygiene is paramount and so our plans for more toilets and wash basin facilities may need to be expanded more and the new water borehole added as well, which will not only give a greater and better supply of fresh water, but will enable crops to be grown for the school and generate some income.

All in all, and despite delays and Covid, we all remain confident that it will not be long now before we have ‘spades in the ground’ and the foundations for the buildings started.

Very best wishes to everyone and thank you again for your support for Zvamaida Primary School project

Kind regards, and stay healthy and safe

 

Danny

 
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