We are excited to
celebrate Stacie Collins Birthday
Happy Birthday Stacie!
You can join the celebration with a donation
to her favorite project - the Lesedi School and Clinic in Zimbabwe. Stacie
is particularily enthusiastic about the new Secondary School See below
to make a donation in her honor.
Lesedi School & Clinic
provides quality education and health services to communities in a rural
area in Zimbabwe just 15-minutes' drive from Victoria Falls.
In 2013, one of the co-founders of Ngoko Safaris, Benson Siyawareva, got
involved with the Ntabayengwe community and realized that many children
were not attending school. Along with his business partner, Fiona Thompson,
Benson began working with the community on an ambitious plan to build
a primary school in the local area, aiming to break the cycle of poverty
through the power of education.
Lesedi Primary School now teaches two Early Childhood Development
(ECD) classes, plus Grades 1-7, to around 300 pupils. Our Grade 7s will
graduate from primary education this year and we need Lesedi Secondary
School to be ready to welcome our first intake by January 2022.
We have already built four classrooms and
a couple of teachers cottages but need to equip the school. In addition
to the core subjects we intend to offer practical subjects such as computing,
textiles, food technology, woodwork and metalwork. These subjects require
significant investment in equipment, something that is not normally possible
at rural schools. Virtually all our children are sponsored and they receive
two hot meals each school day along with medical and other welfare support.
Soon after starting this project, it became apparent
that healthcare was also a huge issue for the communities in this area.
With the nearest clinic 28km from Lesedi, medical treatment was not
an option for many families. The vast majority of the Lesedi pupils
had never seen a doctor, despite some having serious medical conditions.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, we were able
to build Lesedi Clinic in 2019. The clinic includes male and female
wards, maternity/delivery rooms, pharmacy and consultation rooms. We
also built an expectant mothers' cottage, providing accommodation for
women during the final stages of pregnancy and ensuring they give birth
at the clinic rather than in their rural homes.