Call to re­ha­bil­i­tate schools

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Business News - Mashudu Mambo Sun­day News Re­porter

BEITBRIDGE District Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit is ap­peal­ing to com­pa­nies and well­wish­ers to help in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of schools that were dam­aged by rains and winds early this month.

Al­though she could not di­vulge the amount of money needed, Beitbridge District Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Kili­boni Ndou-Mbedzi said they have come up with a list of the ma­te­rial needed.

“We have not yet re­ceived funds or help to do the as­sess­ment. We have since sub­mit­ted bud­gets for aware­ness meet­ings and bill of quan­ti­ties for aware­ness of dam­aged schools. So far Child Line promised some­thing but they have not yet de­liv­ered.

“Save The Chil­dren has an al­lo­ca­tion of $15 000 for re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing two dam­aged schools and it also has a bud­get of $2 500 for aware­ness meet­ings and ca­pac­ity build­ing for district pro­tec­tion com­mit­tee,” she said.

A report pro­duced by the Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit re­vealed the need for Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion fol­low­ing the rains that un­ex­pect­edly hit the area.

“On 4 Oc­to­ber 2017, Beitbridge District re­ceived heavy rains and also ex­pe­ri­enced heavy blow­ing winds.

“The rains con­tin­ued into the week­end and left a trail of de­struc­tion and dam­age to in­fras­truc­ture across the district.

“Chabeda Pri­mary School sit­u­ated in Ward 11 in Beitbridge West Con­stituency had its two class­room blocks and a staff cot­tage af­fected by the rainy storms on 9 Oc­to­ber.

The Grades Two and Five class­rooms had their roofs blown off and 81 win­dow panes bro­ken,” the report re­vealed.

Dumba Pri­mary school sit­u­ated in Ward 15 in Beitbridge East was also af­fected and one class­room was se­ri­ously dam­aged.

The third school that was dam­aged was Mal­ibeng Pri­mary. Its roof to­gether with 32 win­dow panes and a lot of sta­tionery were de­stroyed.

“Chil­dren are cur­rently learn­ing un­der the trees and they have no sta­tionery. No one has since come to help the af­fected schools,” the report noted.

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