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Posted by Illya on 10 June 2008

  • Matopo Primary School is located 50 kilometers south of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. The school is in a remote rural area with only sporadic electricity supply, on a rutted dirt road.
  • The school has about 400 pupils, aged 4 to 13. Nearly half of these pupils are orphans and many live in child-headed families.
  • There are 10 teachers, including the Headmaster, Mr. Newman Ncube, and the Deputy Headmaster, Mr Patson Mpofu.
  • Resources and infrastructure at the school include 10 classrooms, an almost empty library, school garden and orchard.
  • The home language is Ndebele, with English as the primary second language.
  • The school is not funded by the government. It is a church school (Brethren in Christ) but the church cannot provide any funds. Pupils’ families cannot raise enough cash to build classroooms, houses for the teachers, toilets, or textbooks.
  • Even before the sky-rocketing inflation which has hit Zimbabwe, the school was struggling to provide food, uniforms, text books and infrastructure for the pupils and teachers.

There has been some response to this challenge so far (thank you sooo much to those of you who have contributed with your comments, suggestions and motivating ideas) but I must say it falls short of what was expected. Maybe the challenge needs to be lengthened. Maybe just a bit more time is needed. Maybe I was naive.  In any case, I hope to hear from you.


  1. Kailey said

    Svaki put kada otvorim kutiju s ukrasima osjećam ushit: mnoge ukrase nosim u srcu kroz cijelu godinu i unaprijed im se veselim, a neki su nepravedno zaboravljeni pa kad ih vidim joÅ¡ su mi drÅ3ai&#82¾0;

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