Heavy rains destroyed Mungari Primary School in Mashonaland East Province last month, but businessman and former student Mr Tichaona Karumazondo came to the rescue by donating building materials worth about $8 000.
Two classroom blocks and teachers’ houses were destroyed by heavy rains during school holidays.
Speaking at the handover of the cement, asbestos sheets and timber last week, Mr Karumazondo said it was important for former students to give back to their former schools whenever they faced challenges.
“As a former student at this school, l decided to donate building material so that these children learn in a conducive environment,” he said.
“I appeal to all former students to come and assist so that children enrolled at this school have a bright future.
“They deserve to have access to technology such as computers so that they can compete on the global stage.”
School Development Committee chairman Mr Ian Mhakayakora said the donation came at an opportune time as the community had failed to solve the crisis.
He said about 300 pupils would have learnt in the open during this rainy season if Mr Karumazondo had not donated the material.
“After our school was destroyed, we sat as a committee and concluded that each headmen was supposed to buy eight asbestos sheets before schools opened,” said Mr Mhakayakora.
“However, parents failed to contribute anything and we were worried how our children would cope this school term.”
zanu-pf secretary for Information and Publicity for Mashonaland East Cde Kenneth Mutiwekuziva hailed Mr Karumazondo for ploughing back to his former school.
“As a province, if we can find more people who sacrifice their time and finances to plough back to the community which raised them, we will be able to remove all levels of poverty,” he said.
“Zim-Asset has to be applied in all spheres of our lives and Mr Karumazondo has done just that by giving back to the community.”