The National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) on Friday last week handed over a donation of goods worth RTGS169 425,35 to schools that were affected by Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani early this year.
This is the third phase of their assistance towards Cyclone Idai relief.
The beneficiary schools are Biriri High School, Chimanimani High School, Ndima High School, Nyahode High School, Rusitu High School and St Charles Luwanga.
Among the donated goods were sanitary wear, stationary and toiletries.
In a speech read on his behalf by NBSZ Public Relations Manager Esther Masundah, Board Chairperson Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze said his organisation was committed to providing non monetary support to educational institutions who are apart of the school blood donation programme.
“NBSZ management in consultation with the board made a decision to assist these affected schools through a three phase approach.
“School children contribute above 70% of the blood that we collect and we found this to be a befitting project to take up,” said Matsikidze.
He added that the donation is aimed at assisting future professionals to have enough resources for them to excel in their academic studies.
“As future lawyers, doctors and presidents of tomorrow, it is important for them to have enough resources to excel in their academic studies,” added Matsikidze.
Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in the two districts of Chipinge and Chimanimani with infrastructure including school blocks, roads and people’s houses razed to the ground leaving the affected communities in huge psychology depression.