Jabulani Primary School
Total donations: $147,687 | Partnership: Since 2013
Situated in a very poor community, half the school consists of orphaned and vulnerable children.
150 students were learning in 3 overcrowded classrooms with many classes taking place outdoors under trees. Our first project however was to ensure that the students had access to adequate toilet facilities and then went on to build 5 additional classrooms and supply all the rooms with desk and chairs. We also of course ensured that each class had new books and all the supplies needed to be successful.
We continue to supply curriculum books and teaching supplies annually as needed and since the improvements in the school have led to a greatly increased enrollment, we’ve also funded the construction of additional classrooms and toilet facilities to ensure that there is no overcrowding.
Covid and the lack of tourism hit Zimbabwe and the Victoria Falls area particularly hard, where 90% of local income is tourism related. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to have ongoing food support programs at several schools that kept vulnerable children fed and safe from malnutrition during lockdown and now that schools reopened we’re keeping them fed with a breakfast program.
In honor of Arbor Day, fruit and indigenous trees were planted to increase environmental awareness as various “greening” activities were undertaken by the schools to promote a healthier ecosystem for the people through the rehabilitation and re-greening of the environment.
Fruit yields from the successful nurturing of the citrus trees provided will supplement the student’s diets with much needed Vitamin C as well as assist by providing fruit for sale which can assist with income for the school.