Touching story of Karara Primary School

22 July 2021

Through our Family Strengthening programme, Karara Primary School located in Mashonaland Central Province was identified as a school in desperate need. The school established in 2017 has a total enrolment of 196 children aged between 5 to 14 years. Since its establishment Karara Primary school has had zero pass rate for grade seven ZIMSEC results.
The school had four make shift dilapidated shed structures which served as classrooms for the little ones with two grades sharing one shed structure and a teacher. Most of the children literally attended lessons sitting on bear ground and the few on logs, with some having walked 10 km to attend school. When SOSCVZ arrived at the school the sight was heartbreaking. As long as children are in these situations, we take action. We will not just standby as we believe in a world where children grow with love, respect and security!
We spoke to the Acting School Headmaster Mr. Wonder who advised that one of the dilapidated shed structures had since been condemned as it was nearing collapse. The ECD A and B grades were therefore forced to attend class under a tree. He expressed that there were a lot of challenges at the school as pupils during rainy seasons had to be dismissed early when clouds started forming in the sky, it was also difficult for one teacher to take two classes at the same time.
Touched by the plight of the little ones SOSCVZ constructed a classroom block for the pupils at Karara Primary School. Youths within the community were contracted to put up the structure under the mentorship of a skilled constructor. This initiative supported the youths to generate their own income to support their families and lead an independent life as contributing members of the society. The youths also gained an essential technical skill of building during the process. It is humbling that as SOSCVZ we impacted on the lives of the 196 children at Karara Primary School in Shamva. We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities.

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