By Elliot Jinjika in Gutu

It was all smiles for almost 80 school pupils from four Gutu North schools after a well-wisher extended a helping hand to the less privileged school kids.

George Vhengere recently stretched out a helping hand inform of school uniforms at a time when parents are struggling to make ends meet.

Some of the beneficiaries pose for a photo with Vhengere

Vhengere donated to his former schools Zvinavashe and Mondo which also received a laptop whilst other beneficiaries were drawn from Machingambi and Firomumwe primary schools.

Speaking to Centre News, Vhengere, pointed out that the gesture was necessitated by need to uplift livelihoods and give back to the community where he grew up in.

“These donations are premised on the need and desire to see my home area becoming a better place for all. The schools are where children in my community and relatives learn, so as a way of giving back to the community that nurtured me, I decided to help the less privileged ones. It is not a matter of having a lot of money but it is about doing the best I can,” he said.

He also promised to contribute more to the education sector and rallied other established business people from the community to help in improving access to education and general livelihoods.

Mondo Primary acting School Head, Zvidzai Madzivanyika expressed delight over Vhengere’s gesture which he said was a major boost for the less privileged kids in their educational journey.

“It is quite a blessing to see a former student remembering and tracing his footsteps back home. We received a laptop and uniforms for 20 less privileged pupils.

“We are grateful for the donation as it will go a long way in helping the pupils and the institution at large,” he said.

School pupils in many rural communities across Zimbabwe are attending school in torn uniforms, as their parents can’t afford to buy new uniforms since prices continue to skyrocket.

This has been compelled by an ailing economy which has left many families living in abject poverty.