Breaking Ground – Lesedi Primary School Brick Classroom Block, Zimbabwe

Great excitement filled the Lesedi Primary School grounds earlier this week as the Village Head of Intabayengwe (Leopard Hill) Village and many enthusiastic community members came to help break ground on the new brick double classroom block which will host the newest addition to the school, a Grade Six class. 

Work began early in the morning with the laborious task of clearing space in the thick bushland. Due to the location of the school, sourcing and utilising heavy machinery is not a viable option, and as such, the task lies with members of the community to complete by hand. This is not a problem for the hardworking people of Intabayengwe who, inspired by their Village Head, came to work together to support their school and for the benefit of their future generations. Any group of people striving towards the same goal can work wonders and that is exactly what was seen here.

The bush clearing, digging, and laying of the slab form phase one of the brick double classroom project, following months of planning. These classrooms will expand the school’s current highest grade offering from Grade 5 to Grade 6, which will guarantee the children from the feeder community the opportunity to complete their primary education and will increase the overall enrollment in the school.

With energy like this surrounding the first day, the project is off to an impressive start, and we cannot wait to provide more details on the progress in the coming months.

Beginning a project like this simply isn’t possible without the support and funding from Grand Circle Foundation, and we cannot thank them enough for all the endorsements and continued support we have received through this and many other related projects. We look forward to the multiple OAT guests who visit Lesedi Primary School being able to see the wonderful impact of their generous donations.

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