Volunteer Team Get Ready For 2016 Return Trip to Zimbabwe

A team of volunteers from the global exchange and community project run by Brighter Horizons are about to embark on a return visit to the small village of Nemauku in Zimbabwe.

The team will depart on Tuesday 24th May and make the 36 hour journey by various flights and long drives to head for the small village of Nemauku in Zimbabwe, about 4.5 hours’ drive from Harare. The return visit for 2016 sees the main project being to build a new classroom for the additional support needs children who attend the local primary school, at present these children are squeezed into a tiny hut for their lessons. Huge thanks must go to AJ Rennie Builders Ltd of Banff, who have donated funds to cover all the building material costs for the new classroom. Their incredibly generous donation will make a massive difference to the lives of the children requiring additional support in their education. Brighter Horizons and will also be donating some laptop computers so that we can move the project further by allowing the school to be hooked into the World Wide Web.

During the visit, the team of volunteers will deliver first aid training, computer training, some lessons on Scottish history and more about our culture.

Brighter Horizons not only provides scholarships for 20 pupils to attend the primary school, but also provides a scholarship for one young girl to attend a private high school. The team will visit with her and hear all about how she is enjoying her education.

There will be two other highlights for the trip, those being a visit to Victoria Falls for the 20 pupils on the primary school scholarship scheme and a football tournament and feast for the village. Thanks must go to Deveron Youth FC for donating 13 full youth strips, Macduff Lions FC also for football kit and to Celebrations of Turriff who donated funds towards the trip to Victoria Falls.

The team hope to set in place plans for 2017 where it is hoped that this community initiative will be ready to include both young people and adult volunteers from our local towns. They will do this through talks with local MP’s, village elders and chiefs about the project and how we can continue to develop what has become a successful global exchange and community project.  To follow the progress of the volunteers on this trip and to comment and cheer them along please go to: brighterhorizonszimbabweblog.wordpress.com

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