Chinese foundation helps 700 pupils

HARARE - OVER 700 pupils from two schools in the semi-arid area of Chivi benefited from a relief exercise hosted by Tzu Chi Foundation on Friday.

Tzu Chi Foundation was founded in 1966 by a 30-year-old female monk called Dharma Master Cheng Yen.

Tzu Chi Foundation handed over beds, blankets, stationery, bags, rice and supplies.

Jaka Primary School headmaster Pfuurai Chimbunde welcomed the gesture saying it would go a long way in alleviating some of the problems faced by the school.

“Cases of children coming to school with no stationery and other essentials are commonplace here.

“Now with the advent of the new curriculum, it has become more difficult as we lack some of the facilities required like computers.

This is an old school established in 1926, it needs serious renovations. Be that as it may, our attendance has improved due to the food programme,” Chimbunde said.

Zanu PF Chivi Rural District councillor for ward 20 Junias Gurajena welcomed the gesture.

Zimbabwe Tzu Chi director Chin-Chai Chu said volunteering was an enjoyable and meaningful activity.

“Tzu Chi volunteers actively work to benefit the underprivileged in the community, and we regard serving and helping people as our mission in life,” Chu said.

In addition to charity, Tzu Chi dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief and the establishment of one of the world’s largest bone marrow donor registry.

It runs international emergency relief operations, long-term aid programmes as well as recycling centres.

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