Project information

Building Libraries in remote rural schools.

Children in remote rural areas of Zimbabwe learn under a tree and take turns to share the few dilapidated, potholed and leaking ceiling classrooms and hardly have libraries. We aim to repair some of the old buildings and build one library at each of the 15 schools identified.

November 2013 - November 2016

Charity information: Charityhope Trust

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  • Need


    Many children and young people in remote rural areas of Zimbabwe have very limited access to reading books and stationery. The majority of rural schools have, to say the least, simple dilapidated buildings with potholed floors, holed roofs, a few tables and chairs. The average pupil to text ratio is 10 to 1. They hardly have libraries. Charityhope Trust aims to reach out to these underprivileged children and young people in remote areas to Improve access to educational and learning resources.


    -By supplementing educational and learning resources for children and young people the text book to pupil ratio .
    -By building libraries, we will help build capacity and develop learning environments aimed at promoting a culture of inclusion, literacy, self-reliance and personal growth the whole community.
    -By building the libraries, we hope to empower the whole community through workshops and training activities aimed at encouraging parental involvement and support for children’s learning

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build 15 libraries in rural remote schools across Zimbabwe.


    » •Approching the Ministry of Education to get approval of carrying out the projects
    » •Approching the Member of parliament, Local Chiefs, Headman and Headteacher for consent and identifying unused space for building the libraries.
    » •To hold meetings with the local communities to raise awareness of the work we intend to do and to encourage everyone in the community to take part.
    » •Drawing up relevant building plans and commence the work.

    What success will look like

    We will measure success by completing the libraries and being fully functional

    Aim 2

    To empower teachers, parents, guardians and relatives and volunteers.


    » •Carrying out workshops and training aimed at encouraging parental involvement and support for children’s learning and development.
    » •Setting up a parent and youth-led library committee to ensure sustained use and maintenance of the library.
    » •Supporting and training the local community and teachers and to set up book reading clubs.
    » •Encouraging everyone in the community to take ownership of the project by asking them to participate in the decision making of the project.

    What success will look like

    We will measure success by increased numbers of parents , guardians attending the workshops, meetings, book clubs and taking part in the projects and making use of the libraries.

    Aim 3

    To supplement educational and learning resources for children and young people


    » •Providing UK textbooks relevant to the subjects and academic levels to which the school teaches.
    » •Providing locally sourced text books and fiction in Shona and Ndebele to encourage and promote reading at school
    » •Providing shelves and a loan register to store the books effectively

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured in improved book to pupil ratio from 1 to 10 to 1 to 3 and achieving the loan and return of over 90% books donated in the first year of use

    Aim 4

    To Provide more scholarships to needy deserving children


    » •Charityhope, Trustees to go to various rural schools and experience the rural lifestyle enabling them to identify children in need of financial need
    » •To ensure a collaborative process with the local school teachers and local community in identifying needy children.
    » •To gather information on attendance registers. family income, possession of goods, condition of dwelling, food security, and physical appearance.
    » •To make a scholarship offers to the children based on the number of scholarships available.

    What success will look like

    Improved performance from School reports and increased school attendance registers will be assessed to measure success.

  • Impact


    The project will increase access to educational resources for thousands of rural Zimbabwean children. Many of these children quality of life will be improved and they will be empowered to fulfill their potential and enabled to improve their life chances of access to meaningful opportunities and employment. It will promote and support lasting educational change for the local community and around 600 disadvantaged young people per school.


    Carrying out any charity work in the remote rural areas of Zimbabwe is still very risky as it gets associated with political activities, this is the reason why we have to involve the ministry of education, the members of parliament and the chiefs and Headman. There still remains a Serious shortage of classroom space and some of the libraries will not be built on school sites, instead, they might be at local shopping centre.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report on all activities. Donors will be invited to attend and promote the prize giving ceremonies, official library openings and other book donation events. Accounts, photos and vedios together with feedback from parents and children will be given

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £145,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £45,000 Building 15 Libraries Building materials, like cement, sand, bricks and roofing materials
      £7,500 Building 15 Libraries Foundation/Structural Slab-on-grade
      £15,000 Building 15 Libraries Windows and roofing
      £13,950 Building 15 Libraries Painting, tiling, furniture
      £7,500 Building 15 Libraries Drawings & Specifications Development
      £9,000 Scholarships 75 5 children per school
      £18,750 Shipping shipping uk books from uk
      £13,500 Volunteers uk and zimbabwean volunteers expensesand allowances
      £15,000 Renovations repairing ceilings , windows and floors and to furniture made locally
  • Background


    Remote rural areas of Zimbabwe have very old dilapidated buildings and few trained teachers. Villages survive on $5 per month and they rely mostly on subsistence farming. Clinics and schools are few and very far from reach. We work in all the four provinces of Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Masvingo, Matebeleland and Manicaland. Most primary schools are linked to secondary schools or even share some resources so the secondary schools will automatically be included as well in the book donations.


    Each School directly benefits an average of 600 students and the local communities will benefit from the vocational training and books clubs launched. The following schools will benefit from the project. Chipapa, Nyamukoho , Muziti, Sandrigham, Gwebi, Mugabe, Madimutsa, Clare, Hurungwe, Chifamba, Cross Kopje ,Sango, Mcetshwa, Mlezu, Ekusileni

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Charityhope is one of the few charities working in remote rural areas one of the few charities with direct links to the rural schools. We are actively involved in the actual projects and distribution of books which greatly reduces our operational risks. What makes us very unique is the fact that Charityhope’s three Trustees, grew up and have experienced the hardships of life in the remote rurals of Zimbabwe. Our beliefs and core values strongly affect the way we carry out our work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fadzai Mudoti

    A senior Lecturer at Hertfordshire University with excellent managerial skills. Coodinates Training and Management.

    Annatoria Chimhanda

    AN ACSI member with broad experience in Audit and Accounting. She is the Accountant and Fund Raising Manager.

    Ruth Pink

    A writer and counsellor, Ruth is the Communications and grants Manager

    Caleb Rugube

    Responsible for overseeing the library project to ensure good progress is achieved, coordinates monitors and evaluates activities.

A recent picture of the state of the classrooms at Madimutsa School

Children during a normal school lesson