Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe has availed US$41 000 towards the construction of Shavanhowe Bridge in Murewa, Mashonaland East as part of the financial institution's efforts to provide safe access to schools by children from nearby communities.
The bank's Head of Marketing and Communications, Palmer Mugavha said the donation was a response to a clarion call by Rotary Harare Club of Harare City for the construction of the bridge.
"Stanbic Bank places greater emphasis on improving the welfare of children in socially challenged societies especially through educational support. When the Rotary Club brought to our attention that over 1 000 children facing difficulties getting to school due to flooding of the Shavanhowe River, it was the obvious option for Stanbic Bank to render support," said Mugavha.
He said approximately 1 300 children from Chemhondoro School, which is on the Western side of Shavanhowe River in Mrehwa District, were affected since they needed to cross the river to get to the school during the rainy season.
"The worrying statistics that at least fourteen students and five adults were reported to have drowned in this river as they attempted get to Chemhondoro School, propelled us to act and not only save lives but also ensure that the children pursued their dreams through education," said Mugavha.
The coordinators of the project, Rotary Club of Harare City, raised over $30 000 and roped in other stakeholders.
Flooded rivers in remote areas present a hazard to human beings who walk on foot to access different parts of the rural districts in order to attain essential services such as medical assistance and education among others.