Dombodema High School in Ward 20 in Plumtree has received $15 000 from the United States Embassy for vulnerable students who cannot afford to pay for their fees.
The headmaster of the school Joakim Trust Moyo told our reporter that the money would be used to start a garden project which is expected to raise money for the fees.
He said the school has a number of orphans in its enrollment who are facing financial challenges and are failing to settle their fees.
“We started sponsoring children as a school community. We would buy uniforms, pay examination fees for them and buy them books where necessary, he said “But we felt the burden was increasing because when we surveilled our school we found that a large number of our pupils were orphans. We thus felt compelled to do more for them.”
Meanwhile, villagers of Ward 7 of the same district under Chief Masendu have embarked on a community project of building a secondary school to address the problem of secondary school shortages in their area.
“We have since decided to stand up as a community and build our own secondary school because the government has failed us. We as parents cannot just watch as many of our children drop out of secondary school due to distance travelled,” said Chief Silandilizwe Masendu.