As well as the usual warm welcome, complete with songs and dancing, visiting community volunteers at Chikamba Primary School in Victoria Falls were recently pleased to see important new developments taking place. The School has started a project to make its own bricks to be used to build toilets for the children, and a significant educational step forward has been made by Community Projects Coordinator, Mr Norman Moyo. Having spoken to community members about the importance of education within this rural setting, two adult literacy classes have now been launched to provide lessons in basic reading and writing skills. These adult learners were present during the volunteer’s visit and were pleased to chat about their new endeavours. Before they left, the volunteers presented the community members with donated clothing, along with school supplies and equipment.
Breanna Nothrup, a recent volunteer, was inspired by the time she spent at Monde Primary School. Here is what she had to say about the experience: ‘It has been very nice working with the kids. During the break, they were dancing to music showing me their African dances. The kids at the school are so amazing and special. They always rejoice in just the littlest of things. It is refreshing to see. As volunteers, we have the opportunity to assist the teacher in the classroom and play netball, football and dance with the children during break-time. I feel part of them now and feel l have contributed something to someone's life.’
The ‘Beyond the Roots’ food garden in Victoria Falls is flourishing, with all crops now ready for harvesting. Community volunteers have been working tirelessly in the garden, helping to provide a daily supply of fresh vegetables for residents from the old people’s home. It is anticipated that the garden will yield sufficient produce to allow the excess to be sold to the local community, generating a regular small income for the home.
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