The finishing touches are being completed on the new boys’ hostel at Kapane Secondary School in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe. This project was made possible through a generous donation by Jessica and Matthew Upchurch. It was a much-needed development to ensure that students boarding at the school have a safe place to stay during the term.
Previously, students attending Kapane Secondary from neighbouring communities were travelling up to 30 kilometres per day to attend school. They then began boarding informally – either staying with families who lived nearby, or in make-shift accommodation next to the school. However, this brought with it numerous issues as there was no separation between boys and girls, nor any adult supervision.
Constructing a formal boarding facility for the school will make a significant difference for the students. A hostel for girls was built last year to cater for a more immediate need, so the boys’ hostel now completes the boarding facility at the school. Accompanying each hostel building is also an ablution with a toilet and a shower. This boarding facility will make a tangible difference for many students, giving them the opportunity to attend school without having to walk long distances each day. We thank Jessica and Matthew Upchurch for their generosity, helping us cater for a need and provide for the wellbeing of high school students.