It's back to class for 500 students

February 3, 2022

Mundanda Primary school before and after restoration works

Heavy torrential rains and wind gusts brought by Cyclone Idai caused extensive damage to Mundanda Primary in Chipinge District. 10 classrooms had their completely roofs blown off while the structure of five other classrooms was left compromised with cracked walls and roofs. Of the 910 students enrolled at the school, over 500 learners were left without the protection of a safe learning space. Learning was disrupted as lessons were now done in the shade of trees.

Now almost 3 years later, the 15 classrooms at Mundanda Primary school are almost completely restored. Builders, carpenters, and their assistants from the surrounding communities worked have been working to repair the damaged roofing structures on home, schools, and clinics across Chipinge and Chimanimani Districts. With the first phase of home repairs now complete, the second phase of repairing schools is progressing well. When completed, xx homes, 30 schools and 8 clinics will have their damaged homes restored.

The team of volunteer workers received materials, financial support, and technical mentorship from the People’s Republic of China through UNDP in partnership with Econet.