Sigh of Relief Trust
Registered UK Charity no 1142587
We are pleased that the Zimbabwe education authorities agreed that the school could open, and they appointed a head teacher. The first intake of pupils were enrolled in January 2014, and lessons began:
The school, now officially designated as Matenha Primary School, will be formally inaugurated by an official of the Ministry of Education during a visit on 21 November 2014. Meanwhile, the school continues to have many pressing needs. We have dealt with the urgent need for a water supply – previously the water supply was a heroic communal effort, but having obtained local authority approval for extraction from the water table, we paid for a bore hole to be drilled, and that is now in operation:
Even more importantly, parents are hoping to enrol a new cohort of pupils in January 2015, and before that can happen, another classroom and a house for another teacher have to be built. The community are busy making mud bricks for these extensions. Funds are urgently needed for cement and roofing materials, which will cost about £6,250 (US$10,000). We are already about half way towards this target. Please help us to make up the balance, so that we can keep up the momentum of this project. Thank you again to everyone who has already contributed, please be assured that everything you can give is fully appreciated, and multiplied many times over by contributions in building labour provided voluntarily by the Matenha community.
Ian McFarlane (Treasurer)