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NOSA plants 195 trees, hands over small-scale garden

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NOSA plants 195 trees, hands over small-scale garden


Ancilla Gotore


GUTU-Nemashakwe Old Students Association (NOSA) recently planted 195 trees and handed over a small-scale garden and an orchard at Nemashakwe Secondary School in Gutu East of Masvingo Province. The trees included budded and grafted Tommy Atkins and Irwing mangoes, Washington naval, Valencia oranges, Pinkerton and Hass avocados and Sansuma naartjie. The chairperson for Nemashakwe Old Students Association, Thomas Jongwe confirmed the development to The Mirror.

“As NOSA we are committed to creating a conducive environment at the school.  We appeal to all former students to join others and contribute to the development of the school. We believe the small-scale garden and orchard project is just the beginning of bigger things to come. Jongwe also appreciated various individuals and organisations for making the projects a success.

“As NOSA we appreciate everyone who assisted in our projects, with special mentioning of  Chirikure Chirikure for expert and technical advice on how to source for donations, the German Embassy for funding the borehole drilling, solar system, garden fencing, 200 fruit trees of various types, Proplastics for providing 5000l water tank, borehole casings and pipes for water reticulation, Friends of the Environment for technical advice on how to establish a garden and orchard, Chief Nemashakwe for mobilizing the community for labour, local churches, parents and the community in general, The School Development Committee, School administration, and learners,”added Jongwe.

He went on to say that NOSA is a grouping of former students and teachers formed in 2012 and has a membership of  more than 150 who participated and contributed in various ways including providing textbooks, repairing desks, replacing broken windowpanes, painting classroom blocks, paying school fees for underprivileged learners, providing COVID-19 response materials and prize giving.

NOSA has other short term projects which include expansion of the irrigation infrastructure, an additional tank, tank stand, booster pump, and water reticulation pipes, construction of a green house, internet connectivity, provision of a reliable solar system, establishment of a computer laboratory, poultry and piggery projects and fish farming.

The event was attended by parents, school head, John Zimbudzi, local churches, Chief Nemashakwe, TelOne Masvingo, Friends of the environment, and neighbouring schools.

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