A group of volunteers from Germany is in the country to offer psycho-social support to former students of St Charles Lwanga, who are now based at a rural boarding school in Chihota communal area in Mashonaland East.

The resilient group of former boarding students at St Charles Lwanga has remained intact due to the bond they created during the traumatic experience, which resulted in the death of two of their colleagues.

The 45 students are now attending school at UMAA Institute of Agriculture in Chihota, after their parents felt there was need to keep them together as a way of dealing with the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

As part of ensuring that the students lead a normal life, a Germany-based group of volunteers, Friends of Waldorf Education, is in the country to offer psycho-social support to the students which include art therapy, theatre and sport, among others.

“We were touched by the plight of the students and we have been working closely with them. We are happy that they are responding well,” Friends of Waldorf Education volunteer, Larissa Kullmar said.

UMAA Institute Founder, Mr Cleopas Kundiona and the teachers at the school spoke of how the programme has helped the students to deal with the traumatic experience.

“As an institution dealing in education, we decided to offer the students these facilities to learn after their school’s infrastructure was destroyed by the cyclone,” he said.

The volunteers are from various countries including Germany, Brazil, Chile, Malaysia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.