Clubs rise to class needs

LOCAL Rotary clubs have proved that working together has its benefits.
The Rotary Clubs of Pakenham and Kooweerup/Lang Lang together with the Rotary Club of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, have completed a joint project to build a three classroom block at the Chamabondo Primary School in the town of Victoria Falls.
As reported in the Pakenham-Berwick Gazette in June last year, the local clubs matched money raised by parents at the school to complete the project.
On a return visit to the school last week, Pakenham Rotary Club member George Blenkhorn and his wife Sue saw the completed classrooms and watched the children as they sat in class. On the wall outside the centre room was the written acknowledgment of the contribution made by the Rotary clubs to the project.
The school is in a low socio-economic area where the average income is between two and three dollars a day.
The school now has 24 classrooms but, unfortunately, it still has seven classes being taught outside under trees.