The International Rotary Club (IRC) has donated a consignment of books to Hwingwiri Primary School in Gutu in order to mitigate the effects of tropical Cyclone Idai.

The school was faced with a number of challenges such as shortage of books and damaged infrastructure, making the donation a move which is expected to ease their problems.

Hwingwiri Headmistress, Ms Grace Jaisson revealed to members of the IRC that the devastating effects of the cyclone are still being felt at the school which has not yet managed to purchase the books or restore destroyed infrastructure.

“The school children’s parents are farmers and they depend on farming for a living, some even struggle to pay fees for their children and they were not going to afford to purchase reading books for a new school library,” she said.

The IRC handed over books to the school authorities at the Gutu education offices.

Compelled by the need to assist and help rebuild affected schools, IRC chose Hwingwiri Primary School with the club’s assistant southern district governor, Ms Rose Mukogo indicating that they are hoping to assist 12 more schools.

“We have a number of schools we have been looking at as the IRC. We heard the story of Hwingwiri Primary School and decided to assist,” said Ms Mukogo.

Gutu central legislator, Cde Winston Chitando said efforts by the IRC are appreciated.

“We are in the process of assisting in rebuilding the school and establishing a library. We are grateful to the IRC for the donation,” he said.

23 schools were affected by Cyclone Idai in Gutu district in Masvingo.