Weʼre raising £5,000 to help fund vital repairs and provide basic equipment for the Copota School for the Blind in Zimbabwe.
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Located on a farm 18km north of Masvingo, in the south east of Zimbabwe, the Copota School for the Blind was founded in 1915 by Margaretha Hugo and had just one blind pupil.
From the beginning, Hugo’s mission was to try to improve the livelihood of pupils with visual impairment and physical disabilities by equipping them with academic, practical, moral and sound Christian education.
Since its inception the demand for places at the School has gradually increased year on year. Today the School caters for 170 pupils at the Primary level and 150 at Senior level.
This School came to our attention following reports that, because of the downturn in the economy, it is in a very perilous state.
Buildings have not been painted or maintained for almost 40 years, nor has the fencing to the school, which is particularly critical due to cattle roaming the area and the children being blind or visually impaired.
Provision of clean water: there is an urgent need for completion of construction of a large water reservoir for water storage. This water project was supposed to provide clean drinking water as well as water for daily use in the kitchen and dormitories.
The re-establishment of the fences runs to several thousand pounds, as does the need for upgrading the toilet and cooking facilities.
It is to the credit of the teachers and staff that, under these incredible difficulties, they have continued to help children in desperate need.
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