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Helping Children in Africa

Zimbabwe 2000 is a project for Venture Scouts and Ranger Guides from Cleveland.

A group of 56 Venture Scouts, Ranger Guides and Leaders will travel to Zimbabwe in July/August 2000 to work for three weeks at a Primary School.

Dingani Primary School is at Dete in a rural area approximately 140km from Victoria Falls and is an area of growing population There are over 440 pupils at the school housed in only 6 classrooms. Two classrooms have serious damage to the floor and roof, termites have attacked the rafters, and two others have had a new, higher, roof fitted but the internal walls were not altered to suit. The water supply for the school is a borehole situated some 500m away.

The project plans to build a two classroom block renovate the existing rooms and make basic benches and tables. Prior to the arrival of our party we will have arranged for local craftsmen to fit a pump at the borehole and to lay piping to the school. Once there, our party will construct a water storage tank.. The party also plan to erect a fence around the local Clinic in Dete township in order to maintain the privacy of the patients.

The school grounds cover a large area and it is intended that our party will camp at the school. We are fortunate to have the full support of the Scout Movement in Zimbabwe with local Scouts and Guides joining the team for the duration of the project. The local community will, as part of their commitment for us to work with them, make blocks for the building and provide firewood for cooking.

To make this project work the team needs to raise the sum of 50,000 with each member raising an extra 1,250 to cover their own travel and living expenses.