Lesedi School & Clinic is located in a rural area about 14km from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The project was established in 2014 by the co-founders of Ngoko Safaris and is funded and supported by the Ngoko Charitable Trust, a registered UK-based charity (Charity No: 1163965).
Lesedi Primary School now has 220+ pupils. At present the school teaches Grades 1-5, along with two pre-school classes. A further grade is added each year, so Grade 6 will be introduced in January 2020.
Government schools in Zimbabwe are severely under-resourced, with shortages of teachers, textbooks and equipment. Private schools are generally too expensive for most parents. As a community school, supported by donations, we strive to become a center of educational excellence for the surrounding communities whilst charging only nominal school fees. We have introduced computer lessons - something of a rarity in rural Zimbabwe - and have connected the school to water, electricity and internet. The children receive two nutritious meals a day, vastly improving their welfare.
A sponsorship program at Lesedi means that over 170 of our pupils are now sponsored. In addition to covering the cost of school fees, meals and uniform, sponsorship revenues contribute to a welfare fund, enabling us to arrange medical care and ongoing treatment for pupils with serious health issues, who otherwise wouldn’t even be seen by a doctor.
Our long-term ambitions for the project are far-reaching, with plans to add a secondary school and vocational training so that our pupils can continue their education locally and to the same high standard. We also aim to provide support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
In 2019 our main focus has been on building a medical clinic at Lesedi, as the nearest public clinic was previously 28km from the village. This major project was completed at the end of the year, thanks to the generosity of our supporters. The clinic enables access to regular life-sustaining Antiretrovirals (ARVs), along with providing other medical care that is so desperately needed in this community. We have also built a cottage for expectant mothers, enabling them to give birth at the clinic rather than at their rural homes.
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