Lesedi School and Clinic (Ngoko Trust)
Intabayengwe Village, Zimbabwe
Lesedi School & Clinic provides
quality education and health services to communities in a rural area in
Zimbabwe just 15-minutes' drive from Victoria Falls.
The reasons for the high levels of poverty
in this area are complex. The communities around Lesedi were relocated
in colonial times and now survive by cattle raising and limited subsistence
farming on the infertile Kalahari Sand soils. Human-wildlife conflict
is rife as the area is adjacent to the Zambezi National Park and Jafuta
Forest, so cattle are often taken by lions.
We have already built four classrooms and
a couple of teachers cottages but need to equip the school. In addition
to the core subjects we intend to offer practical subjects such as computing,
textiles, food technology, woodwork and metalwork. These subjects require
significant investment in equipment, something that is not normally possible
at rural schools. Virtually all our children are sponsored and they receive
two hot meals each school day along with medical and other welfare support.
The communities are poorly educated, partly due to the lack of a local school. When they did attend school, children were regularly excluded due to non-payment of school fees but also parents often preferred children to remain at home to help with household chores. There were few positive role models and aspiration levels were low. Alcohol dependence was an issue, with some households engaged in the illegal moonshine business. Many families are dealing with ill health, including HIV and AIDS.
Meet Fiona and Graeme with some of the Lesedi School teachers.