The Japanese Government has come to the rescue of Mushumbi Primary School in Mbire District after it availed US$64 829 for the construction of new blair toilets to replace the old ones that had become death traps.
The Japanese Embassy also sank a solar powered borehole to enable access to clean and safe drinking water for the pupils and teachers.
Handing over the facilities, Japanese ambassador Mr Toshiyuki Iwado said the money was provided through the Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
"The ablution facilities, 10 blocks of five cubicles each and supply of clean water was supported through Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, implemented by the LGDA under US$64 829 funding," said Mr Iwado.
"Mushumbi Primary School has an enrolment of 1 277 students and 28 teachers. We believe that education is key to the future. Through educating the younger generation, Zimbabwe will be able to develop and prosper in the future."
Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs Senator Monica Mavhunga thanked the Japanese Embassy saying the dilapidated toilets had become a death trap for pupils who risked falling in.
"We are grateful for LGDA who quickly saw the plight of the children here. The Government of Japan has stood out as a true friend of Zimbabwe, we thank you," said Sen Mavhunga.
"I am reminded that in 2008, 64 cholera cases and seven deaths were recorded in this district.
"This project has brought relief on provision of clean water and health sanitation facilities."
LGDA executive director Mr Ephraim Murendo said the community contributed in the construction of the toilets by providing locally available building materials.
"We dream of breaking the barriers which limit our children to compete with their counterparts in urban centres by exposing them to the technological and digital world," he said.
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