CHIPINGE - The Zimbabwe Cyclone Relief Go Fund Me recently came to the aid of Rimbi Primary School by providing roofing and other materials needed for repairs on a classroom block damaged by Cyclone Idai.
The work was completed in 12 days at a cost of around $4000.
Speaking to TellZim News, Rimbi Primary head, Tangirai Simango thanked the relief fund for the assistance, saying the school could never have afforded to do the work on its own.
“We are thankful to those private citizens who mobilised funding and responded to our cry for help. We had a whole block whose roof was blown away. The block has now been restored to good condition.
“We are still appealing for more donations because we have three houses for our teachers and a hall where our ECD attend lessons which were destroyed by the strong winds of the cyclone,” said Simango.
A local resident, Anesu Mlambo said though the area did not record as much human life losses as Chimanimani district, many schools, shops and clinics had been affected, with villagers losing their crops.
“People’s lives were spared but we are now poorer. Many public facilities were razed down and we do not have food.
“Our crops were destroyed by strong winds and we appeal for help as we no longer have the means to fend for ourselves,” said Mlambo.
The money was raised through an online aid mobilisation platform called GoFundMe.
USA-based Zimbabwean citizen, Freeman Chari, a biomedical scientist and software engineer, came up with the idea which ended up raising tens of thousands of dollars for relief effort.
Work is also being done at Ngangu Primary School in Chimanimani district.