BIKITA – Youthful businessman and philanthropist, Givemore Mutodi who hails from Bikita has donated 2500kg of cement to his former school, Njaravani Primary School under Chief Mazugunye for construction of three classroom blocks that were destroyed by cyclone Idai in 2019.
The handover ceremony which was attended by SDC chairman, Mupungu Mupungu, Ward 4 Councillor Gwashira Munyurure, Mutodi and his colleagues was held at the school on Wednesday last week.
Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in some parts of Masvingo Province where it damaged schools, homes and bridges leaving some areas inaccessible and Njovani Primary School was also affected.
The SDC chairman, Mupungu expressed gratitude for donation by Mutodi for the construction of the classroom blocks for the school which was built in 1947 and now some of the structures are aging.
Speaking at the handover ceremony Mutodi said it was important for former students to give back to their former schools to alleviate their plight especially when natural disasters strike.
“I was approached by the councillor Manyurire for assistance as a former student at this school, l decided to donate cement so that the children learn under acceptable conditions.
“I appeal to all former students to come and assist so that children enrolled at this school have a bright future,” said Mutodi.
The SDC chairman said the donation came at an opportune time as the destruction was beyond the capacity of the community.
“After our school was destroyed by Cyclone, we sat as a committee and resolved that each village must mould bricks as parents had failed to do anything.
Councillor Manyurire hailed Mutodi for leading by example from the front by ploughing back to his former school.
“As a community we are quite excited by this gesture from one of our children and if we could have more people doing this it will go a long way in lifting the standards of life of the children,” said Manyurire.