THE National Blood Service Zimbabwe has donated dignity kits and stationery to at least six schools that were affected by Cyclone Idai in March this year.
By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare
The donation is valued at RTGS$169 425.35 and is set to benefit at the six schools which also used to be NBSZ major collection panels. These are Biriri High School, Chimanimani High School, Ndima High School, Nyahode High School, Risutu High School and St Charles Luwanga.
NBSZ Public Affairs Manager Esther Massundah said they will continue to provide non-monetary support to educational institutions that are part of the school blood donation programme.
Tropical Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere hit hard this part of the country and left permanent scars in the hearts of all Zimbabwean particularly those in Manicaland.
“Hence, NBSZ management, in consultation with the board made a decision to assist these affected scools through a three phase approach. School children contribute above 70 percent of the blood that we collect and we found this to be a befitting project to take up.In consultation with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, we were furnished with the critical needs of the schools which is the major need of text books as they are a key resource in the enhancement of academic education,” she said.
The handover also coincided with the launch of the NBSZ Festive season campaign where the organisation also seeks to raise awareness on the importance of donating blood.