Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School

by The Rotary Club of Basildon Concord
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Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
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Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
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Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
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Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
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Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School
Building Classrooms for Zvamaida Primary School

Dear Friend

Further to my recent report to you when I advised you that on Tuesday 30th November, our appeal for the Zvamaida Primary School project would be re-launched, as more funding is needed to complete the project, and why we have a problem.

GlobalGiving have a special fund raising day on 30th November which is why the appeal starts that day. This 24-hour campaign takes place on 'Giving Tuesday' a global day of giving. GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000,000 Incentive Fund that will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals. The more your organisation raises, the more prize money you will earn!

GlobalGiving’s 2021, 'Giving Tuesday' campaign will last 24 hours, from midnight to 23:59 EST on November 30, 2021. Remember that in UK time that is from 5 am in the morning on 30th November until 4.59 am on the morning of 1st December. 

We would be really grateful if it is possible you could make an additional contribution to the project on 30th November, and tell your family and friends about our project.

Thank you very much for reading our appeal. 

Very best wishes

Danny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Building progress this week
Building progress this week

Dear Friend

Since my project update in August we continue to make progress on the building of the classrooms and library at Zvamaida School. In addition, last month we delivered WASH training (water, sanitation and hygiene) to the parents, teachers and children at the school; this is a Rotary programme to ensure that - particularly now, the community is aware of good practices to protect them from disease and viruses like Covid 19 and the many other tummy and numerous infections that circulate because of poor hygiene.

As the attached pictures show, the groundwork of the foundations and brick walls to the damp course and the slap level have been completed. This past week progress in brick laying has been made to window level. This will be a very significant stage for the project, on our way to the roof level and the laying of the roofing materials.

Of course, we have had our challenges along the way. The prime one, has been with bricks for the project. The local community made 60 thousand bricks and were going to make more, but we suffered a major blow when the builder said that none of them were satisfactorily made because of the local soil materials used, and also they were the wrong size!  As you can imagine such news has had a massive impact on our budget as we have so far had to buy 60 thousand bricks. We have 15 thousand from donations, but it still leaves us with the prospects of having to buy up to another 45 thousand more to complete the buildings. At the moment until we finish the buildings - which is our priority, then the other things we want to do, like the solar power for the classrooms and library, school furniture, etc are on hold until we can find additional funding. 

We are intending to re-launch our funding appeal on Tuesday 30th November and details will be shared with you on this.

Thank you for your support

Very best wishes

 

Danny

 

 

Building progress this week
Building progress this week
WASH training
WASH training
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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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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! 

 

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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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Location: Basildon, Essex - United Kingdom
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