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Zimbabwean Living in Ireland Giving Helping Hand Back Home

  • Gibbs Dube

Prize giving day at Nhlupho Secondary School sponsored by Nhlupho Development Project.

Prize giving day at Nhlupho Secondary School sponsored by Nhlupho Development Project.

A Zimbabwean living in Ireland says he has teamed up with some colleagues from Kezi, Matabeleland region, in developing schools in the areas of origin.

Addmore Bonani Mlilo, who works in the Irish capital, Dublin, said he is helping several schools together with at least 28 other Zimbabweans in ensuring that children in Kezi and surrounding areas get good education.

He told VOA Studio 7 that they normally pool their personal resources for making different packages for needy schools.

“We come from a place called Nhlupho. We discovered as former students that the area does not have proper secondary school as the one in the area had only two blocks that did not have chairs and they were not painted and plastered.

Paint for Nhlupho Secondary School provided by Nhlupho Development Project.

Paint for Nhlupho Secondary School provided by Nhlupho Development Project.

“So, kids had to travel for long journeys to the nearest secondary school to write examinations at another school which is 17 kilometres away. We then decided to collect money among ourselves to help in developing the local school.”

He said they set up an organization they called Nhlupho Development Project, which was designed to provide some of the basic infrastructure needed by the school.

“We noticed that the school did not have a cottage for teachers who never used to stay for long when they were hired. We have since built a five-roomed cottage at the school for teachers.”

Mlilo has since teamed up with his brother and about 28 colleagues to help more schools that lack the necessary resources.

Teachers cottage build by Nhlupho Development Project set up by Addmore Bonani Mlilo and his friends.

Teachers cottage build by Nhlupho Development Project set up by Addmore Bonani Mlilo and his friends.

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