We began the journey to Filabusi, Insiza Rural Council using Mahole road and arrived at Vumangwe primary school at mideday. We were received by Mr Ndlovu, who is the Headmaster and immediately met some of the guardians of children who are being assisted by Phumuza. Dr Njini made an address to the parents affirming Phumuza’s commitment and explaining our exercise as custodians of funds that it is important to show transparency and accountability to the donor community, which will encourage more participation from them. He also encouraged the community and guardians to show appreciation since all efforts are aimed at alleviating poverty through access to education for all vulnerable children.
We continued to Lubuze primary school and arrived at 14.30h and were received by the schools’ headmistress Mrs Siziba. Mrs Siziba indicated that apart from school fees assistance, they would appreciate stationery and school uniforms. She also mentioned that attendance of school children was low due to hunger and lack of support from their guardians which as a result had an impact on their academic performance. The total number of orphans is 104, from which 50 are under Phumuza support.
We made our last stop at Lubuze High school at 15.05h and managed to meet Mr Moyo, the Deputy Headmaster, Mr Dube (Senior Master) and Mr Tshuma (SDC treasurer). Dr Njini advised on the importance of efforts played by the SDC in ensuring that children be supported in their quest for education as this is one of the main tools of alleviating poverty within the community and the nation as a whole.