The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has launched an Integrated Environment Project at Chidembo High School in Mashonaland Central Province.

The launch comes as the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate has accorded the First Lady with the status of being the patron of environment.

The Integrated Environment Project launched witnessed the commissioning of a borehole, fish farming project and introduction of a school orchard.

The First Lady said the project will benefit the school and the local community which should replicate it at home level.

The borehole has the capacity to service the local community and pipes will be drawn from the school going to the community.

The development is expected to play a leading role in the achievement of sustainable development goals through the provision of clean portable water, creation of green gardens and protein harnessing from the fisheries project for the benefit of the rural populace.

Environment, Water and Climate Minister Cde Oprah Muchinguri-Kashiri said the project is expected to be rolled out to all schools in Zimbabwe.

She revealed that government has acquired more than 500 boreholes through the assistance of the Chinese government.

The First Lady has been advocating for the introduction of such sustainable projects and has implemented the project at some hospitals.

It is against this background that the Ministry of Environment saw it fit to honour the Amai Mnangagwa by according her the prestigious status of being the patron of environment.